Oxford University Press, Oxford, England Oxford University Press has issued a warning to its authors
and illustrators of children's picture books not to use any illustrations, graphics, or diagrams in order not to inflame the passions of some Muslims.
The publisher of such classic books as Christopher's Caterpillars colouring in activity sheet, Goat and Donkey in the Great Outdoors, and Winnie the Witch's Sticker Book have decided to avoid the third rail of religion otherwise known as the Second Commandment.
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In acknowledgement of our broad readership across many cultures and religions authors and illustrators can not use any visual representation of anything. The Second Commandment clearly states: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am o jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of then that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.' Exodus 20 4-6 - from the updated Oxford University Press' guidelines for children's picture books