'Pro-Swastika' Group Flying Banners Over N.J. Beaches

Group says they want to 'reclaim' swastika as positive symbol

Photo: Chasing New Jersey
Photo: Chasing New Jersey
It's a shocking symbol that commonly represents feelings of hatred, intolerance and the deaths of millions of people – but some disagree, and they're bringing their message to the skies above New Jersey's beaches.

A religious group, partially based on extraterrestrials known as the Raelians, has purchased banner plane ads flying the Swastika symbol over Jersey Shore beaches in order to – as they say – restore its image to one of positivity, Chasing New Jersey reported this week.

The group says the Swastika was not seen as a negative symbol before Adolf Hitler used it during the Holocaust and World War II.

The banner ad was purchased for $2,000 during what the Raelians call "swastika rehabilitation week," the television news show reported.

It is not the first time the group has used banner ads over beaches to get their message out. Previously, the banner have flown over Long Beach Island.
Bob Vey July 16, 2014 at 10:09 AM
I am more of a Mindy fan myself. OH BABY!!!!
jerry moore July 16, 2014 at 01:02 PM
Mac July 16, 2014 at 02:15 PM
in the universe of ETs, Earth is much like Australia was to Great Britain - Earth is a penal colony for crimes against the universe of superior life and NJ is the official check-in counter - those that pass the Chris Christie integrity core educational program go directly to hell (Mars) and those looking for the 72 virgins they were promised go directly to Venus - Mercury will always remain the homeland of the Seasides and will continue to violate everything in its shadows - and now you know why the Raelians pay tribute to the Seasides every summer with a flyover - you're welcome :-)
It's their freedom, move along nothing to see here. Worry more about police brutality and basic right violation.
Dame Bridgid July 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM
I know they mean well, but there are still people for whom this symbol holds bitter memories. Maybe in the future it will be possible. I know the Navaho have a similar symbol called a "whirling log" that is now confined to healing rituals and rugs since the 40's. It would be good if they could express their spirituality more freely again. Maybe in a few more decades...


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