Religion is a funny, lob-sided issue: Religious sensitivities often demand the kind of respect only the worst of tyrants and despots would find the cheek to demand the masses, and if someone's religious sensitivities are offended, the religious fool is apt to accuse the anti-religious "perpetrator" of being a heinous persecutor of his aggrieved religion. Give the livid religious fool a gun, and you can bet your last dollar that he will not hesitate to shoot the alleged offender to death.
In recent weeks, swine flu fear has gripped the world; governments are scrambling their resources to curtail and contain the latest infectious disease, a strain of flu which has been dubbed "swine flu".
Instead of working hard to get rid of the dreaded virus, some religious morons have banded together to get rid of the word "swine" from the flu instead: The usage of the word swine, it seems, has offended some nutty right wing fundamentalist Jews, and they are advocating that the word "swine" should be dropped in view of Jewish kosher (diet) laws.
Yup, yet another pork-hating race is scrambling to erase the filthy swines from human consciousness. Bumper.
Israel Deems Swine Flu "Kosher" After All
JERUSALEM, (AFP) - - Swine flu hasn't skipped the Jewish state. And despite some attempts, neither has its non-kosher name.Deputy health minister, Yakov Litzman, a member of an ultra-religious party, said earlier this week that the name "swine flu" should not be used as it contains the name of the animal banned by Judaism. Instead he said the authorities should call the virus sweeping the globe "Mexican flu."
That, however, did not sit well with either Mexico's ambassador to Israel nor the Jewish state's envoy to Mexico.
Mexico's ambassador Frederico Salas and the Israeli envoy to Mexico Yosef Livne both lodged official complaints at the foreign ministry on Tuesday protesting at the new term.
"The ambassador (Salas) said he was offended when the deputy health minister called it the Mexican flu," a foreign ministry official told AFP.
"Israel has no intention of giving the flu any new names. It was nothing more than a slip of the tongue," the official said.
Eating of pork is prohibited by Judaism, the religion practised by the majority of Israelis. Islam, adhered to by most of Israel's Arab minority, likewise bans consumption of pork.
Political Fracas Over Pork, As Folks Are Dropping Dead & Getting Sick
As more folks are getting sick and dying from the swine flu, religious morons bicker on the sidelines, hoping to get a piece of the limelight and screaming unctuously to the world that their fucking religion is indeed more important than a potentially deadly flu virus.
Respect the Kosher laws, gentlemen, and stop calling it swine flu. But calling it Mexico flu is fine, you know, Mexicans are less dignified and respectable than some old Abrahamic religion!
Hypocrisy aside, this is the kind of sectarian thinking which, when fostered and bred to the extreme, exhibits just the kind of moronic and lethal response from folks, and when exhibited by government leaders who should be concentrating on saving lives than engaging in verbal tit-for-tat, really makes us wonder why people still believe in such archaic nonsense in the same place.
"The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry." -Richard Dawkins