Network Rail REMOVES Islamic message on King's Cross display boards after fierce criticism

Network Rail REMOVES Islamic message on King's Cross display boards after fierce criticism

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Charlie Peters

By Charlie Peters

Published: 19/03/2024

- 19:45

Updated: 20/03/2024

- 07:48

Islamic message about 'sinners' who 'must repent' attracted outrage at King's Cross

Network Rail has removed its daily Ramadan messages at King's Cross after extensive criticism.

A King’s Cross display board attracted outrage today after it broadcast an Islamic teaching that describes people as “sinners” who must “repent.”

On the ninth day of Ramadan, the holiest month for Muslims, the central London train station featured a “Hadith of the day.”

This evening National Rail announced that it had decided to remove the messages.

Signage boards and King's Cross Station

The board caused outrage

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A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We value the feedback of our passengers and while these messages were intended to celebrate the beliefs and backgrounds of some of our colleagues and passengers, we have removed them.

“Over recent years, King’s Cross has celebrated significant religious and secular events from all cultures including Easter, Diwali, Passover, Ramadan, and Remembrance Day, however we will now review how occasions can be marked in the future."

Network Rail issued its statement after GB News asked if it had any plans to display a message for Lent.

Tory MP Neil O'Brien praised GB News following the Network Rail decision, tweeting: "Post-to-policy within a few hours by @surplustakes and Charlie [Peters]."

The display was also slammed as "totally inappropriate" by GB News viewers.


Nigel Farage tweet with inset of signage and King's Cross station

Nigel Farage weighed in on the argument

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Reacting to the display board, an irate viewer said: “Public bodies, especially when they receive state funding, should not be seen to favour one religion over another - that’s even when we have no official separation of church and state.

"There should be a clear distinction between secular and religious spaces and this is blurring that boundary.

“You only have to turn a few pages in religious texts like the one quoted and you’ll find something scientifically incorrect, morally reprehensible, or totally insane - businesses and, again, especially where they’re subsidised by my tax money, should not associate themselves with such things.”

Stephen Evans, chief executive of the National Secular Society, said: “At best it’s a well-meaning yet misguided and counterproductive attempt at inclusivity.

“Such gestures suggest favouritism, generating resentment and the inevitable demands from other religious or identity groups for equal recognition.

“Religious messages like this undermine the principle of neutrality. Maintaining such neutrality in public spaces and services is the best way of nurturing a fair and inclusive society that respects all individuals, regardless of their beliefs or backgrounds.”

GB News Presenter Nigel Farage reacted to the message by posting on X "Aren't we supposed to be a Christian country?"

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