Not the Cross Again!

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In England we see another spark of a trend that has ignited outrage at the way Christian symbols are being slandered more and more. It seems that we are entering an age in which we have to apologise if we express a Christian view or if we profess Christianity, lest anyone be offended by that fact! We had reported on a similar incident a few years ago. Now it has happened again, as it has been happening more frequently than most of us think. Just look at the media:

Our report about the Barcelona FC shirts in 2007

This week in “the Sun”:

‘Soldier’ badge is banned

ARMED cops patrolling Heathrow Airport have been banned from wearing tiny Union Jack badges in support of British troops. Top brass claimed the tie-pin badges – which cost £1 with proceeds going to the Help for Heroes charity – were OFFENSIVE. But one officer asked: “How can the Union Jack be offensive?

“This ruling is even more absurd coming this weekend on the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

“We must be the only country ashamed to display our national flag.”

About 100 officers in the Metropolitan force’s SO18 Aviation branch, which patrols Heathrow, bought the inch-square badges. Seventy per cent of them served in the Forces and many have children fighting in Afghanistan. Another cop said: “We’re wearing the badges with pride. Most importantly, they are to show support for our soldiers at war.  Nobody has put out orders to remove rainbow symbols that gay and lesbian officers wear. Why discriminate against us?”

A statement from the Met said: “The dress code states only approved corporate badging may be used.”

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Other media stories:

A Labour minister has sparked controversy by claiming that an alternative symbol is needed for the Red Cross because of the logo’s supposed links to the Crusades. Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant wants to replace it with a red “crystal”.

JAIL bosses have sparked fury by banning a cross from their new chapel in case it offends Muslims….But while the room features heated spas for Muslims to wash their feet, there is only a portable Christian altar which can be wheeled in and out when necessary.

Turkish lawyer files complaint with Union of European Football Associations stating that the Inter Milan’s team shirts consists of a big red cross on a white background. This has apparently reminded the Turks of an emblem of the order of the Templars, which is therefore deemed offensive to Muslims. The cross is the emblem of Milan

Hospital bans traditional Easter Hot Cross Buns = offensive to non-Christians ie: muslims.

Cross banned from chapel after being in the chapel for over 60 years –at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, USA – offends muslims.

Cross of St George is also used by Barcelona football team from Spain - on their badge – similar to the Inter-Milan incident it was deemed racist and offensive to muslims. Many muslim nations are altering the Barcelona shirts so it will not look like a cross.

Prison officials in Britain are concerned that tie pins worn by officers featuring the St. George’s Cross – the symbol on England’s flag – could offend Muslims who might associate it with the Crusades of the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries. “

(links from EuropeNews – No Tolerance for Intolerance)

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