Is this what the cross is reduced to in St. George’s kingdom?

There’s a row in England over the fact that a kids’ cartoon magazine, published by the Who Cares? Trust, which receives a great deal of public funding, shows a boy wearing a large cross being an Islamophobe, while a hijab clad girl is an articulate, brave defender of human rights.  What struck me about this story, which is becoming more and more common (in one form or another) in the UK, is this bit (emphasis mine):

But Who Cares? Trust chief executive Natasha Finlayson said she had no intention of withdrawing it, describing the cross as ‘bling’ rather than a religious symbol.

She said the charity had received a complaint but did not agree the cartoon was derogatory towards Christians.

‘I am a Christian myself, so when a woman called us, I went back and looked at the comic strip from her point of view,’ Ms Finlayson said.

‘I am sorry that she is upset but I don’t share her view. When I saw the cartoon, I didn’t think of that character being a Christian because I saw the cross as ‘bling’, as jewellery.

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  • Mike Devx

    ‘I am a Christian myself, so when a woman called us, I went back and looked at the comic strip from her point of view,’ Ms Finlayson said.

    ‘I am sorry that she is upset but I don’t share her view. When I saw the cartoon, I didn’t think of that character being a Christian because I saw the cross as ‘bling’, as jewellery.

    I may be a masochist, but I truly would love to see a ten-minute video of Ms. Finlayson describing her form of Christianity, and why she thinks she is a Christian.

    I think it would be a fascinating ten minutes.

  • Tonestaple

    Safe bet she’s a Christian because mummy and daddy were, and that’s about it. Safer bet that she hasn’t seen the inside of a church since her Christening, or maybe her wedding, and won’t until she’s dead.

    I can only imagine how thrilled Christ is to hear that the instrument of his death and our salvation is bling.

  • Charles Martel

    To me it is a cartoon about bullying rather than discrimination or religion.”

    Yeah, I accept that explanation. Too bad about the bully coincidentally wearing cross-shaped bling who just happened to be randomly assaulting a sweet-faced veil wearer who is Muslim. Not a hint of religion or discrimination there!

    Why do the world’s second-rate minds assume that the rest of us are as stupid and transparently inept as they are?

  • Ellen

    Sorry, but that stupid woman is no Christian. I wear a crucifix proudly. It isn’t flashy and it certainly isn’t bling, but it is very precious to me.

    This is Holy Week. I have some serious praying to do.

  • Quisp

    Figures.

    Official census figures showed that more than 70 per cent of of British people still consider themselves, at least nominally Christian.

    But the survey carried out by pollsters for the website found that only 22 per cent were aware that Easter marks the resurrection.

    And a massive seventy per cent said that the cross on a hot cross bun was “just a decoration” and were not aware that it is a lenten tradition.

    (or that one should capitalize Lenten, apparently.)

    But hey, “£280million was spent on Easter eggs in the 4 days leading up to Easter 2008.” (Easter Facts)

  • http://www.learcapital.com/exactprice Hal

    I read about this over on the Christian news site Faith Telegraph.

    The only thing I can say is that if the roles were reversed the Muslim communities in Europe would be marching down the streets asking for blood.

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  • suek

    Comment made on The Heritage Blog…has anyone seen anything about this?

    “Obama has agreed to sign the UN human rights treaty.

    A few tid bits in this horrible United Nations human rights treaty:
    1. The best interest of the child principle would give the government the ability to override every decision made by every parent.
    2. A child’s “right to be heard” would allow him (or her) to seek governmental review of every parental decision.
    3. Teaching children about Christianity in schools has been held to be out of compliance with the CRC. Allowing parents to opt their children out of sex education has been held to be out of compliance with the CRC.
    4. Children would have the right to reproductive health information and services, including abortions, without parental knowledge or consent.

    **”Where the child has a right fulfilled by the government, the responsibilities shift from parents to the government,” Farris said. “The implications of all this shifting of responsibilities is that parents no longer have the traditional roles of either being responsible for their children or having the right to direct their children.”

    This is just the beginning, you can go to the UN web site to research the whole treaty.”

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    “Obama has agreed to sign the UN human rights treaty.

    The Un needs more child sex slaves for their armed force of thugs. They can only get so many from Arabia and slaves from Russia, you know.

  • Mike Devx

    Hal #6:
    >> The only thing I can say is that if the roles were reversed the Muslim communities in Europe would be marching down the streets asking for blood.

    Great point! We’re never supposed to get mad, never supposed to say, “I’ve had it, I’m not taking this anymore!” And our enemies get to riot free of charge, at the drop of any hat.

    Sue #8:
    >> This is just the beginning, you can go to the UN web site to research the whole treaty.”

    Take control of the kids! Is there anything at all that the U.N. does that we can support? Why can’t I ever find even one thing that they do that I can support?

    I guess we’re still in the mode of giving them rope, giving them rope, by which eventually we will hang them. At some point the American people will be receptive to all of these examples – example after example! – of the outrages the Statists are perpetrating.

    I live for the day when we tell the U.N. to go to hell, and close down their whole shop in Manhattan. Tell ‘em, we really don’t care where they go, because they don’t matter anymore. That day has got to be coming, I hope.