Wednesday, October 5, 2005

By (St.) George, I Think He's Got It...

By Mitchell

Badda-Blogger has a pointed commentary on this story of British prison officials uncomfortable about officers who wore a St. George's Cross tie-pin. The red St. George cross, in case you didn't know, is the flag of England (the Union Jack is the flag of Great Britain and Northern Ireland). The concern appears to be that Muslims might be offended since the cross appeared on the uniform of English soldiers fighting in the Crusades.

The story is bad enough, but as Badda (how do you like that for a nickname?) points out, the story itself was a sloppy one: despite the subheading to the story ("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"), "[I]f you go read the entire story there is no further discussion of prison officers annoyance with the jail watchdog."

So it's a two-fer - we get both lazy news reporting and a pro-multiculturalism slant (not to mention anti-Christian bias) in the same story. But leaving the bad reporting aside for a moment, the story is very sad - England is a country with such a heritage, such a strong sense of tradition, and one gets the feeling that they're losing control of their own country to people who have no vested interest in anything other than bringing that history and tradition down. Is this what so many have died for over these centuries?

Maybe Doctor Who can do something to stop this outrage!

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