St George cross banned
"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.
A section on race relations in Owers' report said: "We were concerned to see a number of staff wearing a flag of St. George tie-pin." http://edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/10/04/britain.redcross/index.html
The St George flag is inappropriate as it may be offensive to Muslims
The Church of England is considering rejecting England's patron saint St George on the grounds that his image is too warlike and may offend Muslims. Clergy have started a campaign to replace George with St Alban, a Christian martyr in Roman Britain. The scheme, to be considered by the Church's parliament, the General Synod, has met a cautious but sympathetic response from senior bishops. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-393651/Will-George-slayed-Englands-patron-saint.html
Angry Muslims burn St George flag
Muslims burned the flag of St George and called for the Queen to 'Go to Hell' in a furious rally held in London over Salman Rushdie's knighthood. Angry Muslim extremists rallying at Regents Park Mosque said that anger over the award could match the fierce reaction to publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in Denmark in 2006. Organisers of a protest outside the mosque claimed several hundred demonstrators were denouncing the decision to reward Rushdie, whose novel "The Satanic Verses" led to a death threat from Iran in 1989. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-463552/British-Muslims-burn-St-Georges-flag-anti-Rushdie-rally.html
St George parade cancelled because it's offensive to Muslims
A MARCH to celebrate St George’s Day has been axed – because the authorities fear it could spark race riots. About 1,500 children were due to take part in a parade to commemorate the patron saint of England on Wednesday. But council bosses in Bradford, West Yorks, have ditched the event over concerns it could upset the Asian community, many of them Muslim. http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/35580/St-George-s-parade-scrapped-in-case-it-upsets-Muslims/
Post colonial guilt
Crucially, it was also the emblem of the Crusades against the Islam. Richard the Lionheart wore it, and legend tells how St George appeared to his knights during the siege of Antioch, inspiring them to victory.
Centuries have passed since, but the Crusades are still a cause of resentment among some muslims. Chris Doyle, of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding, says the red cross is an insensitive reminder of the Crusades. He said: "It is offensive to Arabs and muslims, including many from non-Arab countries. What I enjoy and value is that we don't bother to honour his day Professor Ronald Hutton, Bristol University
"They see the Crusades as Christendom launching a brutal holy war against Islam.
"Because of what has happened in the 20th Century, when most of the Arab world was colonised, the memory of the Crusades has resurfaced."
Kids punished for displaying St George flag
SCHOOLKIDS are being punished for flying the English flag, a Government report claimed yesterday. It found that politically correct teachers are sending youngsters home for wearing clothing featuring the St George cross. And kids are even being told off just because they have been dropped off in a car decorated with the symbol. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article859734.ece
Three crosses are even worse
"A GULF War hero was banned from joining the police because he has a Union Jack and the words “British Army” tattooed on his arm.
Proud Sgt Ivan Ivanovic was told the two-inch design could be seen as RACIST.
Ivan was stunned ? as he has served Britain for 22 years, seeing action in the first Gulf War and playing peacekeeping roles in Iraq and Kosovo.
The dad of two wanted to become a police community support officer when he quits the Army. But Cumbria Constabulary refused to consider him due to the tattoos.
Ivan, 40, who serves with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers at Catterick, North Yorks, said: “I can’t see why anyone would think that the flag of the country might be seen as racist." http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article62787.ece