An Israeli health official yesterday called for world health officials to change the name of "Swine Flu" to "Mexican Flu," since Mexico is where the new flu strange allegedly originated because pigs are offensive to both Jews and Muslims.
I'm not incredulous about the offensive nature of pork in either religion. I understand the nature of that offense. I'm just saying I find it hard to believe that a disease named after a forbidden (for some people) food source is offensive because of that name.
I'd find it offensive if it was called Christian Flu, or Muslim Flu, or Jew Flu, or Really Good Looking Black Man Flu. But Swine Flu? How's that religiously offensive?
Seriously, with all the people freaking out over this flu, does it really matter what we call it? Pig flu, dog, flu, cat flu - catching it or fearing it is not gonna make anyone abandon his faith.