Ok so maybe handing a Muslim employee (or everyone around him or her) a pig shaped stress reliever might be a little crass, in the run up to Ramadan, but Dudley Council in the UK has gone too, too far in an effort to redress the balance.
In response to a single expression of offense at said stress relievers, the Council has banned ALL pictorial references to pig in their offices. Right down to Winnie the Pooh and Piglet. Desk ornaments, tissue boxes, the lot.
Its not the sight of pigs you sillies - its the concept of handling pork, of being physically tainted by it. I am certain the complaint was made about the stress relievers specifically - if these things are, as I suspect, squidgy fist sized toys for pummelling or squeezing, then giving a pig shaped one to a Muslim must be along the lines of giving one shaped like a dog turd to, well, anybody. Yikky and a bit thoughtless, but not the end of the world.
If the Council is prepared to remove visual suggestions of being 'unclean' according to the Muslim faith, then perhaps all the infidel bacon-munching white office managers should hang up their suits and wander round in Burkas; or just stay home.
There must be a good few Muslims in Dudley who are sniggering uncontrollably at this news, and the impression it gives of the Council administrators. So am I.
Original news story here. Dudley Council website here.