Thursday, May 16, 2013

St. George Flag Offends Muslims (UK)

Well, it would appear the historic St. George flag may be yet another casualty of political correctness (and again, to appease Islamic sensibilities...)

St George's flag: The ban on the red and white emblem (file picture) was imposed in Radstock, Somerset

A town has voted not to fly the flag of St George in case it offends Muslims.
Radstock in Somerset has a population of 5,620, 16 of them Muslim, census data shows.

But a Labour councillor said the red and white cross could upset people because of its links to the Crusades.
Eleanor Jackson, a university lecturer, said: ‘My big problem is it is offensive to some Muslims, but even more that it has been hijacked by the far Right.’
The council agreed with her proposal not to buy a St George’s flag for the town’s repaired flagpole. A Union Flag will be flown on Armistice Day and there are plans for a flag to be designed for Radstock.
Chairman Lesley Mansell said: ‘We do not have a Union Jack and the discussion was about purchasing one to fly mainly for Armistice Day.

‘The council confirmed its original decision to purchase a Union Jack.’
John Clements, of patriotic group the Royal Society of St George, condemned the council’s decision for ‘censoring’ the national flag, and playing into the hands of the far Right.

Rizwan Ahmed, spokesman for the Bristol Muslim Cultural Society, said: ‘To say that  Muslims are offended I don’t think is correct. ‘We understand the flag is part of this country’s heritage, and in fact many Muslims  identify as being British.’

(Why do I smell taqiyya here?...)

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