April 27th, 2009 14:16 EST
Racist Pigs Argue That Swine Flu Should Be Called "Mexican" Flu
"The outbreak of swine flu should be renamed `Mexican` influenza in deference to Muslim and Jewish sensitivities over pork, said an Israeli health official Monday.
Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman said the reference to pigs is offensive to both religions and `we should call this Mexican flu and not swine flu,` he told a news conference at a hospital in central Israel.
Both Judaism and Islam consider pigs unclean and forbid the eating of pork products." The Associated Press
A perceived slight against Judaism is an outrage, but it`s kosher to stigmatize an entire nation by renaming the swine flu virus the "Mexican" flu. Litzman should be ashamed of himself for his twisted logic, and none too subtle racism.
There are thousands of businesses in America that have the word "pig" in their name, should all of them change their names so as not to offend the tender sensibilities of Orthodox Jews and Muslims?
Religious texts that are centuries old may prohibit the eating of pork products, but according to medical science pork is a safe and healthy product. The pig is a noble (and tasty) animal, and I`m tired of all these religious fanatics putting pigs down.
It`s unclear where the swine flu virus originated, and Mexicans aren`t more susceptible to the virus than other nationalities. It`s absurd, illogical and racist to argue that the swine flu virus should be known as the Mexican flu.
The swine flu virus doesn`t target specific ethnicities and it doesn`t respect borders, the international community must come together to fight against this threat to all of us.
It`s interesting to note how the outbreak of swine flu in Mexico has drawn the racists out of the woodwork. Unfortunately, Litzman is not alone in his twisted take on the swine flu virus; there are racists in this country who are using the swine flu outbreak as an excuse to argue for militarizing our border with Mexico. You hear these yahoos babble on talk radio: Mexico is a dirty country, and Mexicans are dirty. We must shoot these dirty Mexicans when they try to invade our country...
I don`t like to wish evil on anyone, but it would be poetic justice if some of these racists came down with the swine flu.