Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Reclaim St. George's Day

England is the only Home Nation that does not properly celebrate its national day. In 2006, the Scottish Parliament designated St Andrew's Day as an official bank holiday and the National Assembly for Wales voting unanimously to make Saint David's Day a public holiday in 2000. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated throughout England and the rest of the world by people of all backgrounds. Everyone thinks this is a good thing but St. George and the English remain pariahs. Sadly, a repressed Englishness We demand him back from those who promote racism and extremism, and from those who say that St George can only represent a single ethnic group. We want to promote a new, relaxed and confident, English national identity. A place where no one is attacked for their race, religion (or lack thereof) or any other belief.

As patron saint for England, St George is there for everyone in England. Too often he has been hijacked and used as a symbol of triumphalism and division by those on the extreme Right. St George needs to take his rightful place as a national symbol of inclusivity rather than a symbol of hatred. Although the Crusaders used the Cross of St George, St George actually lived before the birth of Islam and should not be associated with any hatred of Muslims. He is respected by many people in the Middle East because of his origins there. Therefore on St George’s Day, we call upon all people of goodwill to join us in:
St George’s Day is a time for highlighting harmony and peaceful national pride."

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