A German nationalist party ceased distribution of an anti-Islamic poster featuring a pig Sunday because it unintentionally garnered sympathy for the animal.
The poster in question featured a picture of a piglet beneath the text “Islam? Doesn’t fit with our cuisine,” according to the Associated Press. Alexander Gauland, a leader in the populist Alternative for Germany (AdF) party, said the poster is “unusable” because it created too much sympathy for the pig instead of campaigning against Islam.
“I’m concerned children will say: ‘What? They want to slaughter this pig?'” Gauland told German newspaper The Bild. “The poster campaigns for the piglet, not against Islam, so away with it.”
AdF has no shortage of provocative posters for their nationalist campaign. Several AdF posters campaign directly against Islamic culture in Germany with slogans such as “Burkas? We’re in bikinis” and “Colorful diversity? We did already.”AdF also campaigned against the Eurozone bailouts in 2013 with posters that read “Euro-rescue? Not for every price.” Another poster features a woman with her infant child and the text “And what is their reason for Germany to fight?”
The AdF primarily campaigns against Islam, immigration related to the refugee crisis, and the European Union, according to BBC. The group’s anti-Islamic sentiments are in some part a response to the increased Salafist Islamic violence in Germany, and the attempts of some radical Islamic groups to enforce Sharia law in certain German communities.
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