LONDON, England (CNN) -- 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.
The pins showing the English flag -- which has often raised hackles due to its connection with the Crusades of the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries -- could be "misconstrued," Chief Inspector of Prisons Anne Owers said in a section on race in a report on a jail in the northern English city of Wakefield....
Doyle [Chris Doyle, director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding] added that it was now time for England to find a new flag and a patron saint who is "not associated with our bloody past and one we can all identify with."
That's right, St. George's cross on the Union Jack, that portion of the flag that represents England itself, might be considered offensive to Muslims. Change the flag, and get a new patron saint while you're at it.