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Swastika banners startle beachgoers

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A swastika on the banner of an airplane startled beachgoers in New York and surrounding states.

The banner included the word “swastika” and a swastika intertwined with a Star of David, the symbol of the Raelian movement. On June 23 it flew over New York, Long Island and New Jersey, while another flew over Los Angeles, according to reports.

The banners marked the third annual Swastika Rehabilitation Day sponsored by the Raelian movement, which was founded in 1974. Followers believe, according to the group’s website, that “thousands of years ago, scientists from another planet came to Earth and created all forms of life, including human beings, whom they created in their own image.”

Police and Jewish organizations received complaints about the swastika banners. — jta


Posted by Jack Kessler
06/29/2012  at  10:32 AM

I remember being jarred and upset in India by big trucks with swastikas on them.  It is apparently a Hindu symbol of good luck or prosperity or something.  The Hindu swastika goes the opposite direction from the German one.

Hitler and the Nazis took it from the Hindus, not the other way around.  Indian truck drivers generally have only rudimentary reading skills or none and have never heard of Hitler or the Nazis.

However no American can claim the same exemption.  In America and all Western countries, the hackenkreuz (broken cross) is synonymous with hatred, Nazism, and Holocaust and the Raelians are to be given no slack for displaying it.

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