England’s patron Saint George is an important symbol for many English people and along with countless pubs named after the legend of George and the Dragon he has become a strong symbol of England’s growing right wing groups.
Along with the red cross (George’s own flag and England’s flag) the white knight slaying the dragon has long been in use by the “racist” and “extremist” who seek to have symbols to empower their masses.
However this reeks of madness (but we can’t expect them to have any sense) from the basic facts of the Saint’s story!
Saint George is known to have been the buy who slayed a dragon that was terrorizing a town in Lybia or Lydda. Yes, that’s North Africa!
To make things more interesting the real man who is Saint George seems to have been born either in Syria-Palestine or Modern Day Turkey to Palestinian Christian parents.
Some early depictions show him as a black man, likely born to black-Palestinian parents.
He was revered as a saint on-par with Moses throughout Palestine. The man was said to have been killed by the roman army (which he was a member of) for refusing to denounce his Christian faith, hence his matrydom and saint-hood in the orthodox church.
Wikipedia say of his real life story….
Saint George likely was born to a Christian noble family in Lydda, Syria Palaestina, during the late third century between about 275 AD and 285 AD. He died in Nicomedia in Asia Minor. His father, Gerontios, was from Cappadocia, an officer in the Roman army; his mother, Polychronia, was a native of Lydda. They were both Christians from noble families of the Anici, so their child was raised with Christian beliefs. They decided to call him Georgios, meaning “worker of the land” (i.e., farmer). At the age of 14, George lost his father; a few years later, George’s mother, Polychronia, died.
Eastern accounts give the names of his parents as Anastasius and Theobaste.
George then decided to go to Nicomedia and present himself to Emperor Diocletian to apply for a career as a soldier. Diocletian welcomed him with open arms, as he had known his father, Gerontius — one of his finest soldiers. By his late 20s, George was promoted to the rank of Tribunus and stationed as an imperial guard of the Emperor at Nicomedia.
On 24 February AD 303, Diocletian (influenced by Galerius) issued an edict that every Christian soldier in the army should be arrested and every other soldier should offer a sacrifice to the Roman gods of the time. However, George objected, and with the courage of his faith, approached the Emperor and ruler. Diocletian was upset, not wanting to lose his best tribune and the son of his best official, Gerontius. But George loudly renounced the Emperor’s edict, and in front of his fellow soldiers and tribunes he claimed himself to be a Christian and declared his worship of Jesus Christ. Diocletian attempted to convert George, even offering gifts of land, money, and slaves if he made a sacrifice to the Roman gods; he made many offers, but George never accepted.
Recognizing the futility of his efforts and insisting on upholding his edict, Diocletian ordered that George be executed for his refusal. Before the execution, George gave his wealth to the poor and prepared himself. After various torture sessions, including laceration on a wheel of swords during which he was resuscitated three times, George was executed by decapitation before Nicomedia’s city wall, on 23 April 303. A witness of his suffering convinced Empress Alexandra and Athanasius, a pagan priest, to become Christians, as well, so they joined George in martyrdom. His body was returned to Lydda for burial, where Christians soon came to honour him as a martyr.
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