Help us, but only on our terms. Conform to the dhimmi laws forbidding public display of crosses. Your display of what you value and who you are is offensive to us, even as we receive aid from you. From the Washington Times, with thanks to Twostellas:
BAGHDAD — The president of the Iraqi Red Crescent has urged the International Committee of the Red Cross to stop sending aid marked with red crosses after the internationally protected symbol almost cost four staffers their lives….
“They were seized by a terrorist group who threatened to behead them because they thought the crosses on the water and food containers meant the men were Christian missionaries,” said Mr. Hakki, who made his plea during a visit last week to ICRC headquarters in Geneva.
He said the terrorists seemed unmoved by the fact that the two trucks themselves were marked with the red crescent symbol typically used in Muslim countries.
In Geneva, an ICRC spokeswoman said the red cross and red crescent are not religious symbols and that international treaties require that both must be respected everywhere.
“Either symbol should be acceptable in either [a Muslim or Christian] country. … In Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country, they use the Red Cross,” said Antonella Notari, an ICRC spokeswoman. “People and vehicles bearing these symbols cannot be attacked in any circumstances.”