Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Should Britain change it's flag?

From the "you must be joking" file, check out this article from CNN. (HT: LGF)
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.

Just so we are all on the same page here, a bunch of prison officials have been told that they cannot wear pins (which were purchased as a cancer fund raiser, btw) that display the banner of the patron saint of their nation because a few criminals are offended by it.
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.

OK, a lot of Christians and Jews see the red crescent and the Saudi flag as an insensitive reminder of the Muslim horde invasion of southern Europe. A lot of Christians and Jews see both the Crusades and the invasion that precipitated them as a bloody episode in our history. They see those campaigns as Islam launching a brutal holy war against Jews and Christians.

Read the quoted paragraphs again and then mine immediately below it again, paying attention to how similar they are. I find both statements preposterous. The problem is so many only find mine to be so. Why is that? Why are they allowed to be offended by inoffensive things but I am not? Why can't we just say "grow up" to people like this?
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."

I would add that I have quarter so you can call somebody who cares.


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