One of the reasons why I wrote The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) was to try to counteract the overwhelming assumption that Westerners must be ashamed of our culture and history. This article indicates how widely prevailing that view really is -- and how anxious the British are to capitulate to Islam and discard their own identity.
Part of the problem is right in this story's headline: "Race" fears, when it is clear from the article itself that the problem is not race, but the religious ideology of immigrants who cannot conceive of genuine tolerance and a ruling class that cannot be supine and accommodating enough. "Race fears spark St. George ban," from CNN, with thanks to Mrs. Obelix:
LONDON, England (CNN) -- 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 -- 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.
"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."