Government-funded charity depicts Christians as Islamophobic bullies
Perhaps he is drawn to its subliminal anti-Christian message.
In a cartoon strip, an angry boy wearing a large cross around his neck tells a friend that a smiling Muslim girl wearing a hijab looks like a terrorist. He later confronts her and shouts: "Hey, whatever your name is, what are you hiding under your turban?"
She replies that the garment is called a hijab and that it is part of her religion ‘like the cross you wear’. The girl is then shown defending another boy, who is being bullied, and her reasonableness, benevolence and altruism are in stark contrast to the bullying and ‘Islamophobic’ behaviour of the boy wearing the cross.
The cartoon story, entitled ‘Standing Up For What You Believe In’, is published by the Who Cares? Trust which received £100,000 from the Department for Children, Schools and Families, in both 2007 and 2008, and £80,000 this year.
That is £280,000 to convey the impression to children that Christians bully Muslims.
Some might, of course. But the Government would never subsidise a magazine which conveyed the impression that Muslims bully and intimidate Christians.
In its defence, the magazine says that it does not specifically refer to the boy's religion. Trust chief executive Natasha Finlayson described the cross as ‘bling’ rather than a religious symbol.
Yet the cartoon specifically links the prominent 'bling' to its religious significance. And by giving the bully a cross the size of that worn by a bishop, Ms Finlayson’s attempt to pass it off as a meaningless piece of jewellery is not remotely credible.
One can only imagine the furore if a Muslim in a hijab were portrayed as persecuting a Christian wearing a cross. Certainly, many people do wear crosses simply as 'bling', but in a cartoon the theme of which is racism and discrimination, the symbolism becomes rather more important. One wonders how the Trust might attempt to pacify angry Muslims if they were to insist that the hijab is simply a fashion accessory.