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September 20, 2005

The Red Plus Sign

From the London Telegraph...

The Red Cross and its Islamic cousin, the Red Crescent, could soon be joined by a Red Crystal. The move is an attempt to create a neutral emblem in an age of growing religious strife, in which aid workers have been attacked and the Red Cross headquarters in Baghdad bombed.

The symbol also seeks to resolve disputes that have kept some humanitarian organisations, mainly Israel's Magen David Adom, which uses the red Shield of David, outside the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Switzerland plans to convene a conference by the end of the year at which the 192 countries party to the Geneva conventions will be asked to approve the red crystal, a red square tilted on its edge against a white background.

Better yet, just change the name of the Red Cross to “The Red Plus Sign”, and that way everyone can be happy. But really, are Jews making a stink about the Red Cross not including them or is this just another effort by some idiot somewhere to pretend Christian symbols are offensive and should be done away with? I don't know of any Christians who actually view the Red Cross as even a religious organization, let alone a Christian one. So why the big stink?

Posted by Danny Carlton at September 20, 2005 06:18 AM

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