BIRMINGHAM Mail readers have spoken out against the decision to change the name of a historic city pub – accusing it of being “politically correct”.
The home of the famous Saracen’s Head, in Kings Norton Green, will become known as Saint Nicolas Place said its owners, at the nearby St Nicolas Church.
Angry letters fired off to the Mail said the church had no right to “wipe away 300 years of history” for fear of offending Muslims.
Ann Spooner, of Kings Norton, wrote: “To us it will always be the Saracen’s Head.”
The 18th-century former inn was originally built as a rich wool merchant’s house in the 1400s and was given to the church in 1930. In 2004 it won £500,000 to help bring it back to its former glory in the BBC programme Restoration.
Cannon Rob Morris said the church consulted with its congregation of more than 300 and the Friends of Historic Kings Norton in reaching the controversial choice.
In 2004 the Birmingham Mail reported how the Very Rev Morris said the name was “offensive” to Muslims. But he said the reason behind the name-change was to stop people from mistaking the building – now a community centre and church office – for a pub. It was also to recognise the role of the church and its more than a million pounds’ worth of investment.
Keith Carton, from Kings Norton, said: “When was the last time anyone can recall coachloads of lager louts turning up for a heavy session?”
Rod Murphy, from Northfield, said: “This barmy decision has nothing at all to do with people thinking the building is still a pub. The only people who use the building are locals and they know full well it is not a pub.”
Rod was among many who felt the new name was prompted by a fear of offending Muslims.
He said: “This is the real reason that the name is being changed. How the misguided, deluded do-gooder Canon Rob Morris can be allowed to wipe away 300 years of history is beyond belief.”
Mr Morris denied the charge adding the site would be home to the Saracen’s Head Cafe.
He said: “I’m surprised at how many people have complained.”
Now, I will provide for you a long but far from exhaustive list of Things That Offend Muslims.
Be sure to do all these things as much as possible. Maybe all those Muslims who get offended at such things will get the fuck out of the Western world.
Fellow Infidel Ray Boyd lends reason to the matter:
Perhaps we should not jump in with glee when we see a story like this. By omitting to tell the whole story we are guily of manipulation.
The real reason the name was changed was simply because the building is no longer a pub and the name Saracens Head is a name that means pub to most people. The name was inappropriate for the use of the building as it now is.
Nothing to do with Muslims at all.