Sunday, 24 April 2016

St George was a Syrian immigrant

St George was a Roman soldier of Syrian birth. Its very unlikely that he ever set foot in England. So why have we got a patron saint who is a Syrian? King Edward III made him the Patron Saint of England  in 1350 and Shakespeare furthered it with "Cry God for Harry, England and St George"

Its rather funny though that a certain group and its supporters promote St George as some national pride thing. What they are really promoting is a Syrian who would have been deemed an immigrant if he had ever made it to England.

Probably why he didn't. "Hey George don't go to England there's a camp in France and they are stopping all people from Syria from getting in" .... "Right on mate Ill kick dust around here till someone kills me, im sure there's a few martyr places left"

In my opinion, not being religious, if we have to have a patron Saint it should be St Edmund at least he was English and King of East Anglia, no less. Died in 869 fighting the vikings or the great heathen Army as it was called. That's proper patriotism, died fighting for his Country.

In reality theres not much known about George and stories vary as to his nationality and the stories attached to him. Like the stories about Jesus we have to take them with a pinch of salt*.

St George - Patron Saint of England
Saint George
St George's Day, celebrating a mythical martyr?
Why St George is a Palestinian hero
Edmund the Martyr
Great Heathen Army

To take a statement with 'a grain of salt' or 'a pinch of salt' means to accept it but to maintain a degree of skepticism about its truth.

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