Comment may be Free, but do we really have to put up with THIS rubbish?
This is what Faisal Bodi writes: Just for the record, a red cross won't be flapping out of my car during the World Cup. And that's not only because the damned thing is too closely associated with the far right. The cross, and the three lions for that matter, are Christian symbols, adopted by the crusaders for a historical episode that not only brought immense suffering to Muslims and eastern Christians alike, but which created the jaundiced lens through which much of the west would view Islam down the centuries. I'm not saying I'll be cheering for Iran or Saudi Arabia. I will be shouting for England. But like many British Muslims it'll be without any of the paraphernalia that brings shame to my country.
Read that last phrase again: "paraphernalia that brings shame to my country". What an absolutely ridiculous thing to say. Does the same apply to the Union Flag? What symbol of our country would Mr Bodi like to replace it with, I wonder?
I have never heard of Mr Bodi, but I am told he is a "leading commentator" on Muslim affairs. He is also news editor for Al Jazeera. Well he certainly isn't representative of any Muslim I've ever met.