Swastika Ban Attempted Again In Europe

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The European Union is seeking again to ban the swastika symbol. There has been a flurry of debate about the vastly different meanings the symbol has to different cultures.

This has centred on the feelings of the German nation, European Jews and Hindus.

From YNet News (via Anarchaia):

Germany plans to use its presidency of the EU to launch an initiative which could lead to common laws across the bloc making it a crime to deny genocide and display Nazi symbols.

“The swastika has been around for 5,000 years as a symbol of peace. This is exactly the opposite of how it was used by Hitler,” said Ramesh Kallidai of the Hindu Forum of Britain.

“It is almost like saying that the Klu Klux Klan used burning crosses to terrorize black men, so therefore let us ban the cross. How does that sound to you?”


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3 Responses to Swastika Ban Attempted Again In Europe

  1. jiivan says:

    It is an important moment. As it would be hard to rectify any bad decisions later.

  2. Valerie says:

    Buddhism also uses this symbol. It would be much better to educate the European public, while being empathetic to the feelings of the people who have been impacted by the history of the symbol in Europe.

  3. Nicole says:

    I tried a while back and almost got a little war going. Some people are just plain stupid!