Symbols on Scout Worship Handbook
Jon D. Lyksett (jlykset@EIS.CALSTATE.EDU)
Tue, 9 Mar 1993 14:19:25 -0800
Well folks, I'm on the final leg of getting my ticket project done.
Thanks to a number of you on the list, I have plenty of material for the
"Interfaith Scout Worship Handbook." I do have a problem on which I would
like to seek counsel from you.
In the design for the cover of the booklet I planned to utilize the
symbols commonly identified with the world's great religions. The cross
(Christianity), the Star of David (Judaism), the Spoked Wheel (Buddhism),
the Star and Crescent (Islam), and the nine-pointed star (the Baha'i
Faith) are all commonly used and accepted. The problem is that I am
including portions of the Zoroastrian Holy Writings and also wish to
represent that Faith with its symbol. That symbol is the swastika, used
in a vertical manner (I tried to duplicate it with key strokes, but it
didn't look right), *not* slanted 45 degrees as the Nazis used it. I had
this symbol in my original design, but when I took it to an artist friend
for critique, he questioned whether some folks might be offended by the
use of the swastika.
I, personally, have no problem with it, but I *know* the symbolism and
that the Zoroastrian religion is thousands of years older than any
contemporary use of the swastika. For those of you in the Chicago area,
it can be seen in the architecture of the Baha'i House of Worship in
Wilmette, the columns of which use the symbols of all the religions,
linked together to illustrate the oneness of God's religions. And no one
has ever accused the Baha'i's of being Nazis!
So, if I could get some feedback from you, my friends. Does it stay or
does it go? The artwork won't suffer terribly, but I think that it is
only fair to represent all the sources I used. I considered putting a
page of explanation of the symbols, if that would alleviate some of the
concern, but would like your respected opinions before proceeding.
Yours in the Spirit of Scouting,
Jon D. Lyksett Videographer, Teacher, Scouter, Climber
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