Thursday, October 06, 2005

St. George ban

CNN reported British prison officers who wore a St. George's Cross tie-pin have been ticked off by the jails watchdog over concerns about the symbol's racist connotations. The pins showing the English flag

The Left gets upset here when people wear US Flag Pins, but that is because they know Republicans are more patriotic than they are.
-- which has often raised hackles due to its connection with the Crusades of the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries -- could be "misconstrued," Chief Inspector of Prisons Anne Owers said in a section on race in a report on a jail in the northern English city of Wakefield. The banner of St. George, the red cross of a martyr on a white background, was adopted for the uniform of English soldiers during the military expeditions by European powers to recapture the Holy Land from Muslims, and later became the national flag of England.

Chris Doyle, director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding, said Tuesday the red cross was an insensitive reminder of the Crusades. "A lot of Muslims and Arabs view the Crusades as a bloody episode in our history," he told CNN. "They see those campaigns as Christendom launching a brutal holy war against Islam.
Wait until they see the brutal holey war against Islam that will happen if they dont get their Islamofascists under control. It will make the Crusades look like a picnic.
"Muslim or Arab prisoners could take umbrage if staff wore a red cross badge. It's also got associations with the far-right. Prison officers should be seen to be neutral."
After all, prisons are a good place for radical Islamofascists to recruit jihadists.
Doyle added that it was now time for England to find a new flag and a patron saint who is "not associated with our bloody past and one we can all identify with."
If they want a new flag, how about a pig taking a dump on a Red Crescent?
The Left Wing CNN ran a poll asking "Is it time for England to change its national flag?" and at the time I wrote this, NO received 89% (7043 votes)

Jonathan R. blogged No word yet if the Muslim community will cease excusing (i.e. legitimizing) terrorism, but it doesn't seem to take much intimidation for Britain to bow to its Muslims' demands.

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