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.Oh my freaking God!
The pins showing the English flag -- 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.
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."
Is there no end to this foolishness? Aren't Muslims supposed to accept the laws and customs of the places they visit and settle?
How about this for Mr. Doyle... before anyone even considers scrapping the English flag Muslims must first:
1) remove the cresent from all of their national flags,
2) reinterpret all aspects of their faith that encourages/minimizes/justifies the conquering of people of other faiths,
3) apologize for the 400 years of conquest and slaughter that preceded the crusades, and
4) return all formerly Christian (i.e. right-wing and/or neo-con if you will) lands conquored by Muslims.
What's fair is fair.
Once you take care of that, get back to us.