Here’s a symbol:
It’s toilet roll printed with the American flag. I may pick up some death threats for publishing this.
Here’s another symbol:
If you go to this website, you will find that the company advertises Union Flag toilet paper for sale for “the person who has everything!” The only way someone would die in this case would be if they laughed their heads off. It’s considered a quirky, humorous gift.
Back to the American symbol, though. Americans are very protective towards their flag. People can get into trouble if they “desecrate” their nation’s symbol.
In this article, there is a cute picture of a baby wrapped in the American flag. Sacrilege, according to some.
Patriotic hero Sarah Palin has even been accused of flag desecration.
So, in America, at least, it’s best to be careful in one’s use of America’s symbol, her flag. But in Britain, I’m still chuckling away at that Union Flag bog roll…
In January of this year some criminals in Paris, France, used the desecration of another symbol, Muhammad, as an excuse to kill over a dozen people. Don’t get me wrong here, that’s no excuse for killing, but at least we can learn from this that some people can get upset when their “own” “symbol” isn’t used appropriately.
So, where are we so far. In America people can get upset if the American flag is misused, and in the Muslim world there are people who use “symbol misuse” as an excuse for violence.
What on earth, then were some far right Americans thinking of when they decided to hold a “Muhammad drawing competition”?
Defenders of the “contest” assert that it was an expression of “free speech”. They even invited to the event Geert Wilders, a far right European politician who is due in court at some stage on hate speech charges. Because in America, everything goes. Except wrapping American babies in the flag, of course.
I’m still chuckling about that Union Flag toilet roll by the way…