Petition to State Legislators - General Consent

Tell State Legislators – Swastika is NOT a Hate Symbol!

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Tell State Legislators – Swastika is NOT a Hate Symbol!
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Note: This is a general consent. Sign it once and every time, any state legislation comes up, we will use this petition and all signatures here and send it out.  

Hitler never used the word “Swastika”, and instead used the same symbol, calling it Hakenkreuz, for the past 70 years, the Swastika continues to remain a vilified and maligned symbol. This must be corrected. Instead of censoring the symbol, we must celebrate the positive  history of it.

American Jewish Committee (AJC) working with the VHPA and other Hindu organizations in Washington, DC has produced a brochure titled, “Understanding Swastika, Use and Abuse of a sacred symbol.”  The AJC brochure quotes, the following from Declaration of the Second Hindu-Jewish Leadership Summit, held in February 2008, Jerusalem, “The Svastika is an ancient and greatly auspicious symbol of the Hindu tradition. It is inscribed on Hindu temples, ritual altars, entrances, and even account books. A distorted version of this sacred symbol was misappropriated by the Third Reich in Germany, and abused as an emblem under which heinous crimes were perpetrated against humanity, particularly the Jewish people. The participants recognize that this symbol is, and has been sacred to Hindus for millennia, long before its misappropriation.” 

To label the Swastika as a symbol of hate would be a grave insult to 1.8 billion Hindus and Buddhists around the world. It would be a grave insult to over five million Hindus in America and additional six million followers of Buddhist, Jain and Sikh followers who come from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, and contribute immensely to the community and economy. 

Today’s political climate demonstrates the importance of diversity and celebrating ones’ heritage. Maligning this ancient heritage would be a step backwards in promoting interfaith harmony and would lead to increase in hate crimes and Hinduphobia.  AHAD demands that the meaning and significance of Swastika be included in the educational curriculum so that the hate crimes against Hindus are not perpetuated.

April 15, 2021

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USA State Legislators, State Legislators - General Consent

Respected State Legislator,

Hitler never used the word “Swastika”, and instead used the same symbol, calling it Hakenkreuz, for the past 70 years, the Swastika continues to remain a vilified and maligned symbol. This must be corrected. Instead of censoring the symbol, we must celebrate the positive  history of it.

American Jewish Committee (AJC) working with the VHPA and other Hindu organizations in Washington, DC has produced a brochure titled, “Understanding Swastika, Use and Abuse of a sacred symbol.”  The AJC brochure quotes, the following from Declaration of the Second Hindu-Jewish Leadership Summit, held in February 2008, Jerusalem, “The Svastika is an ancient and greatly auspicious symbol of the Hindu tradition. It is inscribed on Hindu temples, ritual altars, entrances, and even account books. A distorted version of this sacred symbol was misappropriated by the Third Reich in Germany, and abused as an emblem under which heinous crimes were perpetrated against humanity, particularly the Jewish people. The participants recognize that this symbol is, and has been sacred to Hindus for millennia, long before its misappropriation.” 

To label the Swastika as a symbol of hate would be a grave insult to 1.8 billion Hindus and Buddhists around the world. It would be a grave insult to over five million Hindus in America and additional six million followers of Buddhist, Jain and Sikh followers who come from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, and contribute immensely to the community and economy. 

Today’s political climate demonstrates the importance of diversity and celebrating ones’ heritage. Maligning this ancient heritage would be a step backwards in promoting interfaith harmony and would lead to increase in hate crimes and Hinduphobia.  American Hindus Against Defamation (AHAD), and the signatories of this letter demand that the meaning and significance of Swastika be included in the educational curriculum so that the hate crimes against Hindus are not perpetuated.

Sincerely,

The Signatories of the Campaign "Swastika is Sacred"

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82 Comments

Abinash Chandra
Abinash Chandra

Swastika is a sacred symbol for all Hindus. The one which is refered to Hitler is not the right Swastika. That is askewed
and totally different from Hindu Swastika.
One can read Indian mythology, Holy books and religion to find out the difference between the two.

Anjali Sharma
Anjali Sharma

I am signing this petition because there has been a lot of Hindu-hate going around recently, especially in a country like the USA where people claim to be secular and tolerant of people from all faiths, backgrounds, races, ethnicities, genders, etc. For me as a Hindu, it is personally hurting to see our holy symbol of Swastika being defamed and purposely misinterpreted by propagandists and anti-Hindus to dilute our culture in any way possible. However, as a proud Hindu-American of Indian origin, I will stand up for our dharma when and where possible and educate people about our Sanatan Dharma to eliminate any signs of false information. Right now, this vilification of our Hindu dharma by passing offensive and unconstitutional bills in the US will not be tolerated by me or for that matter, anyone who preaches for truth and justice to protect the humanity and equal rights in any part of the USA.

Palash Pandit
Palash Pandit

These two are totally different symbols.

Kamlesh Sharma
Kamlesh Sharma

I am signing this because Swastika is a symbol of auspiciousness and good luck. It is a holy symbol for Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains so it is absolutely concerning to see a hate propaganda going on against Swastika based on misinformation and agenda_driven campaign to criminalize Swastika that has nothing to do with the Holocaust or Nazism.

Ash G
Ash G

Am supporting the petition.

Ssndip
Ssndip

The Swastika is a highly revered religiius symbol of Hindus scross the world. It is not the same as ehat was used by Hitler. The Swastika stands for cycle of progress made bu humanity.

Prashant Varma
Prashant Varma

am signing this because Swastika is a symbol of auspiciousness and good luck. It is a holy symbol for Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains so it is absolutely concerning to see a hate propaganda going on against Swastika based on misinformation and agenda_driven campaign to criminalize Swastika that has nothing to do with the Holocaust or Nazism.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Swastika is not a hate symbol. It is being used for political purpose and for hate.

Kashmira Patel
Kashmira Patel

United States

Manisha Sharma
Manisha Sharma

I support Swastika. People are hurting Hindus sentiments ; which is not tolerable. We all should come together & stand by for our Swastika; which is a sacred symbol of Hindus.

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