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Religious Group Flies Swastika Banner Over NJ Beaches

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People on the beach in New Jersey and New York were outraged over the weekend after they saw a plane towing a banner that displayed a swastika, a peace sign, and a heart promoting the website proswastika.org.

It turns out the religious group partially based on extraterrestrials called the Raelians use the swastika as part of their symbol. One supporter, Judith Sherwood, says that it’s time for people to realize that this is a positive symbol that goes back well before Hitler ever used it.

“When people look at it they might get upset and that just stems from the fact that they don’t know the true meaning behind the swastika, they only associate it with the Nazi’s and with the atrocities committed by the Nazi’s and Hitler. So that’s what we’re trying to do, we’re trying to educate the public so that we can reclaim this beautiful symbol,” she said.

The Raelians spent $2,000 to rent the beach banner plane during “international swastika rehabilitation week”. The group says that they have been met mostly with push-back.

Councilman Mark Treyger commented on this movement.

“I’d like for them to try and sit a Holocaust survivor down who witnessed their mother and father butchered and slaughtered in cold blood under that banner and ask them to rethink their thoughts about the swastika,” he said.

As members of the group continued to push for tolerance of this symbol, one supporter posted an image on her Facebook account of a woman wearing a swastika on her cheek. Facebook actually responded by suspending her account. However, the Raelians maintain that one negative event in history shouldn’t be able to destroy a symbol forever.

 

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