continuing correspondence with chris.Dear Mr. Doyle,
Thank you for your prompt response.
While I can appreciate that our mutual anglo history has its bloody and brutal moments, surely that is in the past. Correct me if I am in error, but what you are suggesting is that it is incumbent upon authorities to take into consideration the ethnicity of criminals when putting policies in place. Also, that since people of other nationalities do not approve of our past, we should therefore be ashamed for some reason.
If that is the case, then where is the shame from these other parties, Arabs and Muslims in the example, for the atrocities being carried out in the present day?
Where was the outcry against the misunderstanding that led to the hanging of two apparently homosexual teenagers in Iran, a Muslim country. (http://www.ncr-iran.org/content/view/222/69/ ).
Where is the shame for the Pakistani Muslim man who shot his sister in Denmark for some alleged slight to the family honour? (http://denmark.dk/portal/page?_pageid=374,610572&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&ic_itemid=869979) Admittedly, it is only alleged that it was for the family honour, but there have been photographs of this occurrence available. Unless, of course, it was all in the name of performance art and designed to upset the minorities. Since there has been no outcry from Muslim minorities in the mainstream media, I can only presume that it is all just another day in the world of Islam.
I won’t even bother with 9/11 or Bali, but what about Beslan? Or July 7th, 2005?
Where is the willingness of English Muslims to take action against the extremists in their midst? Apart from getting cartoon representations of pigs banned in council offices, they seem to be unwilling to take any sort of action. We white folks must take the steps to avoid their upset.
Over something that was supposedly finished over 500 years ago.
Your personal connection to Saint George is ultimately irrelevant in this instance (as is mine), as the flag does not just stand for a man who died for and within his faith.
After all these years, it stands for the country of England in all its strengths and weaknesses.
Surely English Muslims whether, immigrants from Arab backgrounds or otherwise (Jamaican, English-born, Somali ad infinitum), can hold some honour for a man who died as many of their people around the world wish to do. As a martyr.
Would you consider the possibility that people might be offended by your obvious disrespect for their history?
Yes, CNN have stirred the pot with this issue, and no doubt gotten plenty more attention than usual, but maybe there should be a meeting of minds on this. If England is to think about amending their cross to something less offensive to our global neighbours, then perhaps our Arab-Muslim friends can give some thought to being a bit flexible on things like….
Equality of religion, gender and sexuality.
Rehabilitation for criminals rather than amputation of limbs.
Counselling for those with sexual control issues, rather than stonings and other punishments for the victims.
Respect for the houses of worship for Jews and those of Christian traditions.
Respect for the laws and customs of the countries they migrate to, or grow up in, rather than a blatant contempt for them.
Thank you again for your time,