On Glenn’s radio program this morning, The Blaze’s Robin Walensky reported on story about a pro-swastika banner that flew over a New York City beach this weekend.
“And a swastika banner flies over a New York City beach,” Walensky said. “New Yorkers stunned to see it. The enormous sign sponsored by ProSwastika.org. It shows the Jewish Star of David with a swastika in the middle of it.”
The Huffington Post released a story last week in advance of Swastika Rehabilitation Day (June 23) that included a propaganda video from the pro-swastika group.
“Today it is shunned in the West due to a lack of understanding of the swastika's true origins, but mainly because it was hijacked by the Nazis which gave the swastika a tarnished reputation which it does not deserve,” the video explains.
The nearly five minute video also discusses the peaceful origins of the symbol, and how for thousands of years the swastika appeared on Hindu and Buddhist temples, in Native American artwork, and Jewish synagogues in Israel.
“Can you imagine getting that e-mail as a voiceover person that this is your gig for the day,” Stu asked. “Like you're voicing swastika rehabilitation propaganda… The economy must suck if people are taking those gigs.”
Regardless of its peaceful origins, it is nearly impossible to imagine a world in which the swastika is associated with anything other than the Nazi party and its atrocities.
“I was giving a talk to a group, a small group a couple of weeks ago, and I brought in a book and it has a swastika on the back – on the cover – on the spine,” Glenn added.
“And I put my hand over the titles of the book. I said, ‘good book or bad book?’ All of them, all of them said bad book. It was Rudyard Kipling. Rudyard Kipling used to use the swastika, before the Nazis used it, as a good thing. He had to have it all removed off of all of his books and he was very upset.”
“I mean, I understand its heritage, I understand yada, yada, yada, but really I don't think you come back from the whole gas chamber thing on any kind of symbol,” Glenn concluded.
“You kind of close the door on the swastika.”