Town in England votes against flying the English St George's flag
The extraordinary ban has been imposed in Labour-dominated Radstock, Somerset, after voting against flying the flag of St George because of its links to the Crusades - claiming it might be 'offensive' to Muslims.despite the town having just 16 Muslims within its population of 5,620.
The ruling came after a councillor on the local authority said the red and white emblem could still cause upset because it was used during the Crusades - a thousand years ago.
Eleanor Jackson, a university lecturer and Labour councillor, said: "My big problem is that it is offensive to some Muslims, but even more so that it has been hijacked by the far right.
"My thoughts are we ought to drop it for 20 years."
Officials agreed with her proposal not to buy a new St George's flag for the town's repaired civic flagpole in its memorial garden.
Instead, a Union flag will be flown on Armistice Day - and the rainbow flag of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride movement - at 'appropriate' times of the year.
Nasima Begum, a spokeswoman for the Muslim Council of Britain, said the organisation encouraged the flying of the St George’s flag.
She said: "St George needs to take his rightful place as a national symbol of inclusivity rather than a symbol of hatred.
"St George actually lived before the birth of Islam and should not be associated with any hatred of Muslims."
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