January 25, 2007, - 8:08 am

Chi-Coms Kowtow to Muslim Intolerance: No Pig Ads for China’s Year of the Pig

By Debbie Schlussel
More evidence you can’t trust Communist China, that the country is not and hasn’t gotten more tolerant from Western culture entering its borders.
The front page of today’s Wall Street Journal says it all. The headline:

Pigs Get the Ax in China TV Ad, in Nod to Muslims: Porcine Prohibition Sends Marketers Scrambling; A New Year Complication


Though I have no respect for Communist China–its slave labor, lack of human rights, one-child-per-family policy, etc., etc., etc.–I thought, at least, the country got tough on Islamic extremism. The Chinese government has raided and destroyed camps populated by Chinese Muslim Uighur (pronounced “Wee-gur”) extremists. As I’ve written, last year, several Uighurs were Al-Qaeda terrorists held in Guantanamo Bay, and China protested their release (to Albania). But, as I also wrote, China gave millions to HAMAS, last year.
And there’s another stark indication that China’s not so tough. The country is as PC when it comes to the “Religion of Peace” as we are. The proof is in the new prohibition of pigs in advertising and on TV in light of next months Year of the Pig–all as a sop to a tiny group of Chinese Muslims. Interesting how the country bows to Islam, but is quite tough on the practice of Christianity.
Can’t wait for the Islamolympics.
Here are a few excerpts from the WSJ story:

SHANGHAI — Next month, China will ring in the Year of the Pig. Nestle SA planned to celebrate with TV ads featuring a smiling cartoon pig. “Happy new pig year,” the ads said.
This week, China Central Television, the national state-run TV network, banned Nestle’s ad — and all images and spoken references to the animal in commercials, including those tied to the Lunar New Year, China’s biggest holiday.
The intent: to avoid offending Muslims, who consider pigs unclean. “China is a multiethnic country,” the network’s ad department said in a notice sent to ad agencies late Tuesday. “To show respect to Islam, and upon guidance from higher levels of the government, CCTV will keep any ‘pig’ images off the TV screen.”
Suddenly, companies reaching out to China’s booming consumer market have a pig problem. The edict has sent Nestle and others scrambling to adapt to the last-minute rule change, altering spots that had included pigs. . . .
The pig ban is a significant shift for a government that seldom puts the interests of minority groups ahead of those of the broader population. China has more than 20 million Muslims, but they constitute less than 2% of its population.
For most other Chinese, the pig has powerful and positive cultural associations as one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. Year of the Pig decorations already festoon cities and villages all over China.
Pork is the meat most widely consumed by the country’s Han Chinese majority. On average, Chinese annually eat more than 80 pounds of pork , according to United Nations statistics. At banquets in southern China, people often roast whole pigs, decorated with blinking red lights in their eye sockets. . . .
Chinese TV’s ban comes in the wake of the killing of 18 Muslims by police in the country’s remote northwest earlier this month. The government accused the men of being terrorists. Muslim activists have called for an independent investigation. . . .
Advertising-industry executives in China say senior Communist Party leaders recently told CCTV that references to pigs should be avoided to prevent conflicts among ethnic groups. CCTV’s move was then announced to advertisers just as many were finalizing their spots for the holiday, which begins Feb. 18. . . .
Pigs have often been at the center of communal violence between China’s Muslim minority and the Chinese majority. Protests ensued when a pig’s head was nailed to the door of a mosque several years ago.
Tensions have flared again since security forces killed the 18 accused terrorists in an area — the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region — known for Muslim separatist activity. Uighurs are Turkic speaking Muslims who have long bridled at Beijing’s rule.
“After an incident like that, the government often tries to make up for it, in an overt propaganda way,” says Dru Gladney, an anthropologist at Pomona College in California, who studies China’s Muslims. . . .
“Muslim people hate pigs and don’t even mention pigs in their daily lives,” says Ma Yunfu, the vice chairman of the China Islamic Association. Mr. Ma said he hadn’t been informed of the CCTV ban but views it as “a precaution.”
“We don’t want to see any misunderstanding like the one 12 years ago,” during the last Year of the Pig, says Mr. Ma. At that time, Mr. Ma says, some newspapers published a tale in which a pig saves the life of Muhammad. “That aroused a lot of anger,” he says.

I’ll bet it did. For the record, Islam plagiarized the pig prohibition from my religion, Judaism, which originated the ban on consumption or use of pig and pig products.
But we Jews don’t impose our religion on others, such as absurd objections to piggy banks (I own a few of those) or Disney’s Piglet from “Winnie the Pooh.”
That’s the difference between a religion that just wants to be tolerated and let to live in peace (Judaism) and one that wants its religious prescriptions to dominate the world.

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19 Responses

And the Chinese like to call America “the paper tiger”! HAHAHAHA, I can’t believe a super power like China is kowtowing to a tiny minority of Muslims on such a minor issue. I’m surprised that a government which has no problem brutalizing its own people when it has to, is making such a concession. If Mao Zedong were alive today, he’d probably force feed the Muslims pork!
[For the record, Islam plagiarized the pig prohibition from my religion, Judaism, also bans the consumption or use of pig and pig products.]
I guess you’re not open to the idea that the same God who spoke to Moses is the same God who spoke to Mohammed.:)

Norman Blitzer on January 25, 2007 at 11:23 am

The Devil spoke to the Mad Prophet of Islam. I don’t think God would speak to a murderer and lunatic and tell him to create a cult of death.

FreethinkerNY on January 25, 2007 at 1:20 pm

Yes, your God is the same as Islam’s God. Although there is some debate in which “Ur” city Abraham was born, many scholars believe that Abraham was born in Mesopotamia’s Ur city. The moon god, Nanna, was the most important god of that region and may have evolved into a monotheistic religion. Abraham may have fashioned Judaism after the moon god religion.
Nanna later became Sin, the moon god of Babylon (now Iraq) and would greatly influence the Arab world.
Now of course what I posted may be moot since God chose Abraham and Abraham chose God. But if you can believe the biblical God to be literally true, then the possibility exists that God spoke to Mohammed (pbuh) and asked him to be God’s last prophet. If this is true, then of course God would ask Mohammed (pbuh) to keep the same laws as the Jews including no pork regardless if Mohammed (pbuh) had heard of it before. And although Mohammed’s (pbuh) killing of Jews at Medina was “evil”, the fact is God often kills or commands others to kill a lot of people:
1 Samuel 15:3-1: “Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.”
Regardless of the reasons for this battle, the fact is God ordered the Jews to execute women, children, and (gasp!) unborn children!
Anytime, Debbie. Don’t mention it.

Norman Blitzer on January 25, 2007 at 1:38 pm

…No…Jews don’t jes’ wanna be “tolerated”;the whole issue is about ‘who/what is the baddest..whoops, uh ‘choseness’.This should be a non-issue;Detroit is,after all,”the Renaissance City.”Everybody makes these claims.Regarding the shmoon god,gimme a break.There was no concept of holiness(are you created in the image of an animal?)before Judaism.That’s what this is all about.China,I think,means “middle kingdom”;”they think they’re above everybody”.I make a serious effort to keep “Torah Kosher”,but if I were in China,I’d like to open up a rib joint jes’ to dis
the religion of choice of the world’s worst mass murderers.

jaywilton on January 25, 2007 at 4:25 pm

Mohammad Norman Blitzer Atta: Everyone knows you’re a mozlem by the way you suffix pbuh after the pedophile mohammad’s name.
Did your moon god send you on a mission to “merge” Judaism and Christianity? Assholes like you may have convinced liberals that all three religions have the ‘same’ god.
If you had even one gray cell in your cranium space, you would know that the God of Jews (and Christians) is NOT the same as the moon god. The moon god starts and ends with destruction. There is nothing about love or caring for others.
Snakes like you (and the dogs at CAIR and ADC) love to selectively pick up verses from the Bible. But the truth is that you 1.4 billion retards just want to take over the world, either by force or politically or feed your “all are same” doctrine to the naive. Surprising how you refer to the “people of the book” as apes and pigs.
Has ADC given you free air tickets for this summer’s annual convention? Or perhaps CAIR has promised you more if you keep on posting here.

anonymous twit on January 25, 2007 at 4:33 pm

On topic, Chinese have no balls really. Appeasing the barely 2% Muslim population by removing pork ads will probably change China to another Indonesia.
Mozlums are doing their best to impose their islamic mohammaden sh*t on everyone, whether it is China or back here in America. Kick all these pedophile worshippers to the mid-east! Jintao, say hello to mohammad (piss be unto him).
In another related story, mozlum immigrant Somalian cab drivers in America refuse to serve Americans because they were carrying liquor bottles. I’ve read this before, but this report is more recent.

anonymous twit on January 25, 2007 at 4:58 pm

Too bad those Muslim cab drivers are living in America in 2007 and not living in America in 1927.

Norman Blitzer on January 25, 2007 at 6:58 pm

“muslim people hate pigs and don’t even mention them in their daily lives”
How can a religion of peace hate so many things that God created?

sandy on January 25, 2007 at 11:08 pm

Because God told the Jews and the Muslims that pigs are unclean.

Norman Blitzer on January 25, 2007 at 11:38 pm

God “told the Jews”,the reason for Kosher dietary laws is holiness;somehow,Somehow Muhammad
wasn’t paying attention in class when God “told
the Jews” that shellfish is also banned.So maybe,China can at least piss of “the Islamic community” by announcing,”In the year of the Pig,Moslem(infidels)will be forbidden to eat shrimp”.

jaywilton on January 26, 2007 at 6:29 am

Come on Debbie, what do you mean China is not taking up Western values? Look how readily they submitted to islamic pressure! Who do you think they got that from?
I say this only half-jokingly, unfortunately…

Witch-king of Angmar on January 26, 2007 at 9:03 am

Yo Norman! Lighten up!
As a religious jew who adheres by the kosher dietary laws,let me tell you this: I don’t mind pig;I just don’t eat it. Whats with you extremists that really stirres you up? No one is trying to physically force pork down your throat.If these pork advertisements offends you, then the least you should do is not watch them and SHUT UP BUT PLEASE CEASE STOP MAKING A FEDERAL CASE OVER A TRIVIAL ISSUE LIKE THESE!!

Jew Chick on January 26, 2007 at 10:26 am

Yo Jew Chick, learn how to read.

Norman Blitzer on January 26, 2007 at 10:36 am

We all know what (pbuh) means.
(pbuh) = pedophile bastard unscrupulous hatemonger

WillPower on January 27, 2007 at 10:48 pm

Yo, Norman-stop being such a jerk.
You must be a masochist to continually try to piss us off. Why would you write “pbuh” after Mo’s name? Are you a muslim? If you are a lib and doing that it really obnoxious. Do you realize exactly who you are aligning yourself with? If you do realize it and are doing it anyway, it’s even worse. This is not some kind of joke! This is serious and they are serious about their plans even if you are too stupid to realize it.
A few years ago I knew nothing about Islam. Now I know more than I want to. Now, to any muslim reading this, don’t think that the more we learn, the more easily we will be fooled into thinking of Islam as a religion of peace. The more I find out about the dark and evil nightmare that is Islam, the more determined I am to tell everyone just what kind of fate awaits us if we do nothing. It’s a frightening world where you muslim (slaves) live.
Norman- this isn’t a joke and comparing the Jewish G-d to allah and his insane revelations to MO is really playing with the Devil.

CarpeDiem on January 27, 2007 at 11:10 pm

CarpeDiem, you are a complete idiot!
First, I’ve never initiated any insults against any conservative on this board but as soon as a non-conservative opinion is expressed, you right-wingers act like spoiled brats.
And if you’re so offended by the term (pbuh), then you better lighten up! Also the Judeo-Christian God is the same as the Judeo-Islamic God. Deal with it.
Lastly, if you’re not seething by now, go listen to Glen Beck about a much more constructive view on American-Islamic relations. Or in “THE ENEMY AT HOME”, Dinesh D’Souza also thinks America should build bridges to the Muslim world although I disagree with his premise that liberals were responsible for 9/11.

Norman Blitzer on January 29, 2007 at 1:55 am

Thanks for the compliment Norman! If YOU think I am a “complete idiot” then I’m on the right track.
1.Yes, you do insult conservatives on this blog, quite often! I’m not sure why you come here if you dislike conservatism so much.
2.I am puzzled by your use of “pbuh”, only muslims say that. You still have not answered my question as to whether you are a muslim. Are you? I still don’t think you realize who you are aligning yourself with. I certainly have no reason to “lighten up”! You and I (unless you are a muslim) are infidels. You will be treated the same as I will, not better because you were nice to them! What part of “Kill the Infidels” don’t you understand? The Jewish G-d and allah are not the same, this is YOUR OPINION.
3) Glenn Beck is an improvement over most of the talk shows, yet he is still in denial about the extent of the muslim threat, as are YOU! Dinesh D’Souza has jumped the shark with this latest book. He, like Glenn Beck, think that there are “moderate muslims” that we can deal with. Norman, name one moderate muslim who has called for a serious Islamic reformation.

CarpeDiem on January 29, 2007 at 8:28 pm

Irshad Manji is such a moderate Muslim.
And I’m not a Muslim. I used (pbuh) to show my reverence to a prophet who may have been commanded by the one true God.

Norman Blitzer on January 30, 2007 at 2:40 am

You are showing reverence to the prophet?? What you are doing is showing yourself to be a muslim apologist!
Have you seen the pictures Debbie posted of the beheading of Daniel Pearl? These murderers are the followers of the very prophet YOU are paying reverence to.
I’ll say a prayer for you.

CarpeDiem on January 30, 2007 at 6:11 pm

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