Petition to State Legislators - General Consent

Tell State Legislators – Swastika is NOT a Hate Symbol!


Tell State Legislators – Swastika is NOT a Hate Symbol!
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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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525 Comments

HEMACHAND BALLA
HEMACHAND BALLA

FACTS ARE FACTS. PROPAGANDAS HAVE TO BE BUSTED.

Surendiranath K e
Surendiranath K e

This is what is needed

Vinay Pingle
Vinay Pingle

Extremely annoyed and disappointed because of such event being called for. I am really surprised that Hindu people are doing such nasty things and creating a restlessness all over the world. This has to be stopped and the organisers should be put behind the bars.

Deepak Pingle
Deepak Pingle

I agree with the petition. There is a false propaganda and conspiracy spreading against Hindus.

Venu Suresh
Venu Suresh

I am deeply hurt by this event.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Swastika in Hinduism stands for peace and harmony and has been a part of the Hindu culture for thousand of years . It is important to understand the Hindu thought process rather than linking it incorrectly .

Sudarshan Rao Harkara
Sudarshan Rao Harkara

I support this petition

Anand Arjaria
Anand Arjaria

Save Hinduism

Arun Goswami
Arun Goswami

This is sheer misappropriation of a sacred symbol of Hindu religion (which means peace and prosperity) to another symbol used by Germans. Just as a cross is not a sword kept upside down, Swastik is not Hakenkreuz.. This is a nefarious agenda motivated by political reasons to malign Hinduism because those who are misappropriating it know in all sanity that they cannot defeat Hinduism with right approach that is why they are using corrupt ways as they had always been using.

AMOL DESHMUKH
AMOL DESHMUKH

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