Skip to comments.Residents of Australian town in a flap over Nazi flag
Posted on 04/20/2005 10:14:40 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
SYDNEY (AFP) - Residents of a small Australian town are up in arms over a family who decided to fly a Nazi flag in their backyard because the colourful banner amused their four-month-old daughter, local media reported.
Darren Mackay and Jenni Duncombe, from Mannering Park in New South Wales state, say they bought the swastika-bearing flag at a local market for 10 dollars (7.80 US) "as a bit of fun" and did not realise its significance until neighbours began complaining, Sydney's Daily Telegraph reported.
The couple now refuse to haul the flag down, with Duncombe quoted as saying her four-month-old daughter Breeana liked to watch it blowing in the breeze.
A photograph in the Daily Telegraph showed the Nazi flag flying alongside a skull and crossbones.
Residents have contacted the local council, a federal MP and the state and national police but authorities may be powerless to remove the Nazi symbol.
A council spokeswoman said investigations were under way to determine if the council had the right to order the flag removed.
Australians fought against Germany in World War I and II and on Monday will observe their annual veterans' day, known as ANZAC Day.
"...did not realise its significance..."
I think that we have the "WTF!?" moment of the day. Have these people been living under a rock their whole lives? Will an Aussie FReeper please smack these people on the head for us?
..bought the swastika-bearing flag at a local market for 10 dollars (7.80 US) "as a bit of fun" and did not realise its significance until neighbours began complaining,
And you thought California's schools were going to hell in a hand absket.
Unfortunately, some people live their lives under rocks. If the world was at war, they wouldn't even know about it or care unless a shell hit them.
You said it. These folks are just plain nuts. I have seen the Aussie flag, and it is quite colourful. Why don't they give to their daughter an Aussie flag to both amuse her and instill some national pride in her.
Australia has compulsory voting. If you do not vote, you have to pay a fine.
Note - the flag has apparently been taken down at this time. Hopefully they've seen sense.
I wonder if the town folk would be upset if a hindu or buddhist had just a swastika in their lawn; instead of a Nazi flag. There are big differences.
And I wonder how many Aussie youth run around with CCCP star and sickle t-shirts. There is no difference.
Yes. Most Bhuddist flags, though, are a multicolour affair. I have usually seen multi-coloured banners at temples and shrines; the swastikas are found, usually, in carvings. The flap, I am sure, is over the fact that these half-twits (to be polite) were flying the banner of the NSDAP. There are some profound morons in this world and they look good compared to these two twits.
So, how is this different from the Japanese whitewashing their history book?
Pity these folks are passing their genes down to another geneation.
>>because the colourful banner amused their four-month-old daughter
Maybe she was Hitler in a previous life?
A couple years ago in the Boston area there was controversy over some designs in the floor of a City Hall
that sure looked like swastikas. They were--turned out they
were put in there before the rise of the Third Reich and
were basically an old fertility symbol.
It has always amazed me that you can display hammer&sickle or PRC symbols to no comment whatsoever but anything Nazi arouses howls of protest - mainly from the left. Mass slaughter is fine, as long as it is of reactionary, counter-revolutionary, bourgeois imperialist elements and their military-industrialist backers.
Here's a non-confrontational solution, buy their daughter another flag. Yes, they could be giving a BS excuse, but this would smoke them out and find out if they're of goodwill.
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