Skip to comments.Swastika flown for 'rehabilitation'
Posted on 06/26/2012 7:55:07 AM PDT by JoeProBono
LONG ISLAND BEACH, N.J.,-- The religious movement behind a swastika banner pulled behind a plane in New Jersey said the stunt was about rehabilitating the symbol's image.
Police and Don Pripstein, president of the Jewish Community Center of Long Beach Island, said beachgoers at Long Beach Island filed complaints Saturday about the swastika flying behind a plane above a beach and the stunt was found to be carried out by the International Raelian Movement, a religious group that believes in a creator that reveals itself through unidentified flying objects, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Monday. The swastika has been generally associated with Nazi Germany and the atrocities committed by its forces since before World War II.
Thomas Kaenzig, a spokesman for the movement, said the banner, which also flew over New York, and a similar banner over Los Angeles, were a part of the third-annual Swastika Rehabilitation Day, which aims to "educate people about true meaning of the swastika."
Kaenzig said the symbol is sacred to some religions as a symbol for luck.
"We're aware of the link the many people make ... with Nazi ideology, and that's why we do have this rehabilitation day to give the swaskita back its true value," Kaenzig said. "People say it's offensive, [but] it's like saying you can't use the cross anymore because the Ku Klux Klan abused it."
I know the other day I needed a swastikla and it was just not there. /sarcasm
i had to laugh at the sheer absurdity of such an illogical attempt
i agree the gammadion needs help but not this is an awkward attempt
The Nazi symbol was a “Running Swastika”, like a x. The Finns had them on their planes with the base flat before the Nazi’s adopted it. It was a good luck thing like a rabbits foot during WW II, since many Vets had them as good luck pieces, the Nazis adopted it. That’s what I heard, I might be wrong. The American Indians and the Indians of Asia had the symbol long before the Nazis. A Texas Inf. Div had it on their shoulder patch, and had it changed during WW II for fear that they would be mistaken as Germans by our allies.
Symbol for good luck. There are photos of a basketball team wearing them pre WW2 in the US.
The congregation had been without a permanent shul for more than a year, and the day they moved into their new home this happens.
Doesn’t matter what it was before, the fact is 99.9% of the people when they see it, will immediately think of the Nazis.
Unfair maybe, but there it is.
Ironically the swastika was a Native American symbol hundreds of years before it was taken over by the Nazis. There are many examples in Native American art where the swastika symbol is used and in 1914 a swastika was even incorporated into the annual panels of corn designs for the Corn Place in Mitchel, SD. There are photos of past Corn Place designs on display there and this photo has a long explanation about why the swastika was used.
When I first saw it, I was a bit shocked to see something like that here in this neighborhood. I wanted to "fix" it for the people living there, maybe remove it or paint over it.
But, were my perceptions and conclusions correct? I remembered that Kolchak: The Night Stalker:" Horror in the Heights" episode where the swastika graffiti were not Nazi or racial, but were actually a Hindu symbol, one often deployed to ward off evil spirits.
Turns out that the Socialist Democrats (aka Nazis) perverted this ancient symbol to give luck to their armed forces in their quest for world domination.
Some things never change.
Our Socialist Demonrats are doing exactly the same things now, demonizing our national symbols, our heroes, our values, even demonizing God and are doing their best to remove Him from our lives.
How many millions will have to die to stop the Socialist Demonrats this time?
I don’t see the big deal. I see swastikas EVERYWHERE and no one cares. The logos for Chase bank and for Columbia sportswear are swastikas. So are the logos for Sun Microsystems and Windows XP. The London Olympics symbol is a triune swastika. The brick sidewalk at my doctors office is all swastikas, too.
Sorry, but I don’t see what the fuss is all about since swastikas are all over the place already.
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