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Byline: TONY PARSONS

NOBODY has a good word to say about it these days, but political correctness has been a civilising influence on our country.

At its core is a longing for basic human decency, and a respect for the feelings of others. When I was growing up, it was commonplace to regularly hear jokes about "Pakis", "coloureds" and "spastics" - stuff that would turn your stomach these days.

But sometimes this respect for the feelings of others is misplaced. A junior school's production of the Three Little Pigs has been changed to the Three Little Puppies for fear of offending Muslims. This has caused outrage - among Muslims.

"Eating pork is forbidden," says Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra of the Muslim Council of Britain, "but there is no prohibition about reading stories about pigs. Every time we get these stories Muslims are seen more and more as misfits."

A spokeswoman for the Church of England School that has changed the pigs to puppies says, "We have to be sensitive if we want to be multicultural."

But by being overly sensitive the Three Little Puppies have not reduced the store of bigotry, racism and hatred of Muslims that exists in Britain.

They have only succeeded in increasing it.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 19, 2007
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