August 12, 2002
Not Just A Verbal Quibble

In National Review's On the Corner, Andrew Stuttaford blogs a strange but unsurprising story from what is still known, rather inaccurately, as the 'United Kingdom':

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that, following objections from a Muslim trainee, London's Metropolitan Police will issue an alternative cap badge for those recruits unwilling to wear the traditional design, which includes a royal crown topped by a cross. The notion that this cross is any meaningful sense religious is absurd--it is a patriotic symbol, much like the crosses incorporated in the design of the Union Jack. So will those have to go too? In a way this would be appropriate. All that would be left behind would be a bland, blank sheet deprived of meaning and history, the perfect symbol of our multicultural age.

A flag that is a mere "blank sheet", presumably white, is certainly not "deprived of meaning and history": the historical meaning of such a flag is "we surrender".

Posted by Dr. Weevil at August 12, 2002 09:53 PM

Is not "we surrender" the meaning of "islam"?

Posted by: Herr K on August 13, 2002 01:59 PM