The English are allowing a Muslim hate-fest to take place in London on 7/7. They are also starting to ban the St.George flag.
Oh no! I am in for trouble next time I go to Britain. I have pasted on my roost, my motorcycle body armour, the very flag the British are banning. Oh horrors. I have another of St. George slaying the dragon pasted on my shoulder protector. Maybe I should cover them over with suastikas so I can get in without any problem.
The Land of Sickness. I ride there.
Muslim event 'to build bridges'
Former Iraq hostage Norman Kember will speak at IslamExpo Building bridges between Muslims and the wider community is one of the aims of a four-day event in London about the faith, organisers say.
The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) said it wanted to attract a wide range of visitors to IslamExpo.
Mayor Ken Livingstone, Lord Coe and Yusuf Islam - formerly Cat Stevens - will open the event in London, which is expected to attract 40,000 people.
'Islam no threat'
A two-minute silence at midday on Friday, in memory of the victims of the 7 July bomb attacks, will be observed at the event in Alexandra Palace.
"The hope is that all kinds of people will visit and go away thinking about things, and not that Islam is a danger or a threat," he said.
Ihtisham Hibatullah of MAB said the event would see mainstream Muslims "condemning terrorist atrocities taking place in London and elsewhere against innocents".
"The focus on Friday will be to share in the sorrow of the families of the victims and the survivors. There will be a strong message from the mainstream Muslim community against all violence by extremists."
This week Prime Minister Tony Blair called on moderate Muslim leaders to speak out more against extremists within their communities.But Muslim Council of Britain secretary general Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari accused Mr Blair of playing an "unhelpful blame game" by suggesting moderate Muslims were doing too little to challenge extreme views.
Will George be slayed as England's patron saint?
By STEVE DOUGHTY, Daily Mail 19:23pm 2nd July 2006
Could the flag of St George be replaced by Alban's symbol, a diagonal yellow cross on a blue background that bears a strong similarity to St Andrew's cross?
His dragon-slaying heroics have kept his legend alive through the centuries.
But 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.
But it clashes with the increasing popularity of the saint and his flag in England. The World Cup brought out millions of St George crosses as the symbol became increasingly mainstream and less frequently dismissed as a badge favoured only by far-Right political activists.
If St Alban replaced St George, the red cross on a white background would have to be replaced as England's flag by Alban's symbol, a diagonal yellow cross on a blue background that bears a strong similarity to St Andrew's cross, the flag of Scotland.
His call for a change is based on the lack of firm historical evidence that George - said to be a Roman general from the 4th century AD who was put to death by Emperor Diocletian for professing Christianity - ever existed.
He said: 'We are sure St Alban is a real figure. What's more, he lived in this country.'
Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams indicated support for an upgrade for Alban, although he is said to be cautious about relegation for George.
He told the Sunday Times: 'I think St Alban is irreplaceable in the history of English Christianity. Perhaps we ought to raise his profile because it's the beginning of the church in this country with martyrdom, wisdom and courage.'
The image of St George was used to foster patriotism in 1940, when King George VI inaugurated the George Cross for civilian acts of the greatest bravery. The medal bears a depiction of the saint slaying the dragon.
However, George has become unfashionable among politicians and bureaucrats. His saint's day, April 23, has no official celebration in England, and councils have banned the St George flag from their buildings and vehicles during the World Cup.
The saint became an English hero during the crusades against the Muslim armies that captured Jerusalem in the 11th century.
An apparition of George is said to have appeared to the crusader army at the Battle of Antioch in 1098.
His dragon-slaying legend is thought to have begun as an allegory of Diocletian's persecution of Christians.
Alban was martyred in 304 AD on the site of St Albans abbey in the Hertfordshire city that now bears his name.
A Roman army officer, he was said to have converted after sheltering a Christian.http://www.dailymail.co.uk
England afraid to fly its own flag
Following threats by extremist Islamic group, several corporations, chain of pubs ban England flag
Following warnings by extremist Islamic group al-Muhajiroun, in which the group said that the red cross in the England flag symbolizes the 'blood thirsty crusaders' and the occupation of Muslims, some of the largest companies in England have ordered their workers not to wave the flags. The flag has recently appeared in England on everything from bikinis to cars, and sold in endless versions in stores.
But the Islamic protest forced some corporations, such as cable companies NTL, and even the Drivers and Vehicles Licensing Agency to ban the flag in every form due to fears from reactions of Muslims.
The Sun tabloid newspaper has in recent days launched a campaign to bring back the flag, and has published a blacklist of companies preventing their workers from expressing their patriotism at work.
The Sun said that a large pub network has banned drinkers from entering with symbols of the national team.
The hero of the day is a two year-old toddler, who was thrown out with his parents from Leicester, because he wore the England team's uniform.
Thanks to Grant Jones at:
Well, why go all the way to Britain when I can go instead to Ottawa, Canada to watch people cheer and laugh as louts piss on the Veterans' Memorial on Canada Day at Parliament Hill? I do travel.
I witness in my own lifetime the Black Death sweeping across the land. It's terrible to see the devastation and the flagellants and the fear of the spirits unknown. As the Plague sweeps over our lands and claims the people in their millions I will watch and perhaps go with them to the dusty grave, but I'll go in the knowledge that from this devastation we will rise as we did in our past to achieve even greater glories. It's a sweeping time, and the life of Man will recover from it and stride along afterward in beauty and strength unknowable to us.
Wave to me. I ride a pale bike.