Steve Souza (76703.633@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Wed, 10 Mar 1993 06:06:44 EST
quoting From: INTERNET:rickcl@POGO.WV.TEK.COM
(who quoted From: "Jon D. Lyksett" <jlykset@EIS.CALSTATE.EDU>)
JL> Faith) are all commonly used and accepted. The problem is that I am
JL> including portions of the Zoroastrian Holy Writings and also wish to
JL> represent that Faith with its symbol. That symbol is the swastika, used
JL> in a vertical manner (I tried to duplicate it with key strokes, but it
JL> didn't look right), *not* slanted 45 degrees as the Nazis used it. I had
> I would take the position that the purpose is to educate, so I would
> include it with the explanation. But, I would put the explanation near by
> and noticeable to cut down on the number of angry people.
Rick, I agree with your comments to Jon. There are many times when the most
recent, or most widely know meaning of a symbol overshadows any others the
symbol may have, and I think it's very wrong.
A year or so ago, several Councils in the Southern US states were required
by National BSA to change some of their patches (both Council Shoulder
Patches and OA Lodge Flaps) because they had as part of their design a
representation of the flag used by the south in the war between the states.
Some claimed the flag represented slavery, etc. while others said the flag
simply represented the south and its history in general...
Either way, the flag lost to the few loud complainers.
In another instance, there was a Scout group in the north-eastern part of
the US who had a symbol (again as part of a patch) which 'looked' like the
swastika, only drawn with the 'arms' pointing the other way (I don't
remember which one points which way). Anyway, this was a symbol used by
native american indians in that part of the US and Canada... seems someone
complained it looked like the swastika, and... the patch was again yanked.
I can see why BSA is at times sensative, but come on... let's be reasonable.
Education, as you've said, is a lot more realistic than avoidance.
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