Rural council votes to stop flying flag of St George claiming it is offensive to town's 16 Muslims because of links to CRUSADES.
A town has voted not to fly the flag of St George in case it offends Muslims.
Radstock in Somerset has a population of 5,620, 16 of them Muslim, census data shows.
But a Labour councillor said the red and white cross could upset people because of its links to the Crusades.
Eleanor Jackson, a university lecturer, said: ‘My big problem is it is offensive to some Muslims, but even more that it has been hijacked by the far Right.’
Left bare: The new flagpole in Radstock, Somerset, which has nothing on it because the council deemed the St George's flag insensitive to Muslims
The council agreed with her proposal not to buy a St George’s flag for the town’s repaired flagpole. A Union Flag will be flown on Armistice Day and there are plans for a flag to be designed for Radstock.
Chairman Lesley Mansell said: ‘We do not have a Union Jack and the discussion was about purchasing one to fly mainly for Armistice Day.
‘The council confirmed its original decision to purchase a Union Jack.’
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