Thursday, January 18, 2007

Hindus Fight Swastika Ban in the E.U.

In a weird twist of the past coming into conflict with the more recent past and the present, Hindus in Europe are resisting a German proposal to ban the swastika across the European Union:
Ramesh Kallidai of the Hindu Forum of Britain said the swastika had been a symbol of peace for thousands of years before the Nazis adopted it.

He said a ban on the symbol would discriminate against Hindus. . . .

He said that while the Nazi implications of the symbol should be condemned, people should respect the Hindu use of the swastika.

“Just because Hitler misused the symbol, abused it and used it to propagate a reign of terror and racism and discrimination, it does not mean that its peaceful use should be banned.”

The group said banning the swastika was equivalent to banning the cross simply because the Ku Klux Klan had used burning crosses.
From Religion News Blog. The swastika was used, and continues to be used as a religious symbol by Hindus and Buddhists, among others.

1 comment:

toddy said...

I buy that. Think of what the banning of pointed, white hooded cloaks would do to the Spaniards.

Banning a swastika would be akin to banning the depiction of Mohammed in cartoons.