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    20 January, 2005

    Hindus seek to reclaim the swastika

    The Times reported yesterday :

    HINDUS in Britain have started a campaign to “redeem� the swastika from its Nazi past and reclaim it as the symbol of life and fortune it once was.

    The swastika is a 5,000-year-old symbol that has been used for centuries by Hindus, Buddhists and many other traditions to denote good luck, but because of the Nazis it has come to symbolise hate, anti-Semitism, violence, death and murder. The campaign, announced today, comes after members of the European Parliament called for a Europe-wide ban on the symbol after Prince Harry wore a swastika armband to a fancy dress party.


    I have supported a call for a review of the public display of the swastika, as suggested by my colleague Alun Pugh AM. This has been inaccurately reported by one blogger as a call for a ban. In my view, a review would entail some examination of the context of where and how it might be appropriate for the swastika to be used. Clearly, the Hindu initiative is a good one and draws attention to the almost hidden pre-Nazi history of the swastika.

    Prince Harry wearing a Nazi swastika is of course a different issue entirely.

    2 comments:

    David said...

     

     

    What might be a better reading of 'I have supported a call for a review of the public display of the swastika'? Presumably you'd only be asking for a review of the law if you thought it needed amending - that is, if you support a limited or total ban.

    Of course, if I'm reading you incorrectly, you could stop beating around the bush an say what you think.

    rexcurrydotnet said...

    Although the swastika was an ancient symbol for "good luck" in India, that is not why it was used by the monstrous Nazis. Under the Nazis it was called a "Hakenkreuz," not a "swastika."

    RexCurry.net made the astounding historical discovery that the swastika was sometimes used to represent overlapping "S" letters for "socilalism" under the German National Socialists. People forget that "Nazi" means "National Socialist German Workers' Party." http://rexcurry.net/swastikanews.html It is the site that changed the way people think about the swastika.

    It is also the site that made the news-breaking discovery that the straight-arm salute of the horrid National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazis) came from the USA's original pledge of allegiance in government schools (as written by a national socialist in the USA) and also from the military salute. It did not come from ancient Rome. http://rexcurry.net/pledgesalute.html and see more photos at http://rexcurry.net/pledge2.html & http://rexcurry.net/pledge_military.html The website changed the way people think about the pledge.

    Some critics make the absurd argument that during the 25 year existence of the horrid Party no Nazi noticed the "S" shapes nor attached any meaning (nor anyone in the SS Division). They also ignore the fact that the Party's leader was an artist.

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