Publisher Bans Any Mention of Pork and Pigs in Books to Avoid Offending Muslims

Most of you are familiar with the children’s book Charlotte’s Web but E. B. White. It tells the story of the friendship between a spider named Charlotte and a pig named Wilbur. Charlotte starts writing messages in her webs to help save Wilbur from being butchered. The story is a classic and has been made into a cartoon as well.

Charlotte’s Web was a 1953 Newbury Honor book and 1970 winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal. The children’s classic has been translated into 23 languages and has sold over 45 million copies.

But if E.B. White was to give that manuscript to Oxford University Press (OUP) to be published today, he would be rejected and turned away. It wouldn’t matter how good the story is or how many copies it might sell, OUP would still refuse to publish such a literary masterpiece.

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