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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

St. George

Who do you blame? The Muslim community? The Islamists? Well meaning do-gooders? PC jobsworths? I really think that it's time for people to sit down and actually talk sense to each other. I can't imagine any normal Muslim finding the English flag offensive. So who's left? The Islamists and the do-gooders. There's a surprise.

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.

”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.“

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."
So nobody's actually complained so it's not even the radical Islamists. It's the do-gooders. Just three points,

1. Nobody has complained
2. It has no links with the far-right (the Union Jack is their flag of choice)
3. It is never time to dump the cross of St. George or the patron saint.

If you don't like it. Hard luck.

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