International Raelian Movement to make swastika socially acceptable

By Amanda Shore

Most people recognize the swastika with the Nazi movement. Fear and hatred have branded the symbol as a negative icon, but that’s not how it was originally seen. The International Raelian Movement’s goal is to educate people on the history of this taboo symbol and bring it back into the world as a positive symbol.

The word “swastika” comes from the sanskrit word svastika, meaning “any lucky or auspicious object.” Svasti means “well-being,” and the “ka” forms a diminutive, making the word svastika translate to “little thing of well-being.” It was a mark made on a person or an object to give good luck.

The swastika has been used in almost all religions, including Judaism, and on every inhabited continent. As http://proswastika.org puts it, “The Swastika has been a symbol of peace for millions of Hindus, Buddhists and also Raelians since it is their symbol of infinity in time, their symbol of eternity.”

The symbol has been used throughout history in architecture. It can be found carved as part of the floor of churches in Israel, banners at synagogues, decoration in fortresses, floor tiles in public baths and much more.

Raelians have made June 23 Swastika Day and invite all religions that use the symbol as a symbol of peace to join together and show their support. This past June 23 in 2012 was the third annual World Swastika Rehabilitation Day.

As it says on http://proswastika.org, “The swastika is one of the best traces left by those who created us, and the attempt to bury it as a symbol of violence and hatred only gives credit to the horrible Nazi ideology,” said Thomas Kaenzig, coordinator of World Swastika Rehabilitation Day. “Demystifying the original meaning of this beautiful symbol is the only solution,” he explained. “We can’t accept the fact that the swastika is still being hijacked, just as Christians wouldn’t accept that the Christian cross was used to represent the ideology of the Ku Klux Klan. Images of swastikas within synagogues and various other ancient sites in Israel have also helped people of Jewish origin to recognize the importance of this rehabilitation day.”

The International Raelian Movement pulled a public stunt on Saturday, June 23 to commemorate Swastika Day. A plane flew over Manhattan and New Jersey pulling a banner advertising their website. There was a swastika on the banner. Spectators who didn’t know what the movement was about were alarmed to say the least.

The movement has been banned from displaying any images of the swastika in Germany except for the symbol for their movement, a swastika intertwined with a six-pointed star. Kaenzig stated, “According to an order issued by the Karlsruhe government on June 15, the display of swastikas would lead to ‘an immediate danger for the public safety and order … . The attempt by the German government to bury the swastika under the pretext that it’s a symbol of violence and hatred only gives credit to the horrible Nazi ideology. On the contrary, the government should encourage our action since by giving this symbol its true value, we finally allow the German people to turn the page.”

To learn more about the swastika and the movement behind making it accepted, visit <a href=”http://proswastika.org/index.php”>http://proswastika.org</a>.