Monday, January 24, 2005

On The Mark -- Speaking of Hatred...

Last week I commented on Prince Harry's costume selection, that being a German WWII uniform with an arm swastika. I, and many others, noted how stupid it was of the prince to choose this costume. The photo of the prince has caused such a stir that now the European Union is taking under consideration a proposal to ban and make illegal the use of the swastika in its member countries.

That would be a mistake.

Many experts agree that the swastika has become a universal symbol of hatred (not just to promote Neo-Nazi beliefs). In fact, many argue the swastika has become the generic symbol for hate.

It's hard to believe the swastika could have any more symbolism than it already has, but if it were to be banned it would gain even more of a "voice" for hatred. Indeed, we would begin seeing more of it, and because of the danger of legal repercussions it would only gain more power as a symbol, and I think most of us agree that it already has enough power.

A ban would give it renewed and heightened significance and provide a two-pronged attack -- what it means historically and what it means now.


B2 said...

I agree -- we shouldn't ban the swastika. How else will we know who's crazy and hateful? It's a great identifying mark...

birdwoman said...

Europeans have a very different idea of freedom of speech than we americans do. It seems self-observant to you and me that prohibition of an idea or symbol only gives it power and magnetism.

There's a reason that the "fringe" in america never really gets anywhere. They can complain and proselytize and do whatever they want. In the words of one of my favorite movie characters: "I hate Illinois Nazis". But they have the right to gather and protest, and that takes away their power!


Chandira said...

I posted a thing I found on the history of the swastika, which is interesting!

Drop by and take a read! I don't see how they can ban a holy Hindu symbol.

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. The Nazis symbol was a "Hakenkreuz," not a "swastika." Hakenkreuz means "hooked cross." 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." 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. and see more photos at & 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.