I’ve always thought that the Red Cross was an unmitigatedly good thing. Now I’m not so sure. In its British incarnation at least, the organization is clearly no longer worthy of quite so much public approval as in the past. The London Daily Mail is reporting that Red Cross staff “have been ordered to take down decorations and to remove any other signs of [Christmas} because they could offend Muslims.” Banned items include nativity scenes and, naturally, that evergreen symbol of intolerance, the Christmas tree.
The Mail quotes a Red Cross spokesman as saying the following, ” In shops people can put up decorations like tinsel or snow which are seasonal. But the guidance is that things representative of Christmas cannot be shown.”
Reaction has been, I’m glad to say, enjoyably vituperative. A vicar in Plymouth has wondered if the Red Cross may need to change its (offensive?) logo to a ‘red splodge’ , while Lord Ahmed, one of the UK’s more prominent Muslim politicians tells the Mail that “it is stupid to think Muslims would be offended.”
No need to give to the British Red Cross this year, I feel.