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Raelians seek worldwide recognition of 4th annual 'Swastika
Rehabilitation Day', wishing to fly banners in the sky over Montreal,
Toronto and Vancouver
MONTREAL, July 19, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Recently, on the American TV quiz
show "Jeopardy," a visual clue popped up under the category "Asian
religions." The visual was a photo depicting a swastika on an ancient
gateway. The audio stated: "This ancient symbol found in some Asian
religions signified only peace, good will and good fortune until the
Nazis used it."
This was exactly the kind of information the International Raelian
Movement (IRM) is hoping to see in mainstream Western media as its
members prepare to celebrate and promote the 4th annual Swastika
Rehabilitation Day around the world on July 20.
"The swastika's ancient, honorable heritage and positive meaning are
well known in many Eastern countries," said Thomas Kaenzig, Raelian
Guide and President of the ProSwastika Alliance. "But we also want
people in other parts of the world to know what they know, so that we
can once and for all fully rehabilitate this symbol that's so dear to
billions of people."
He said creative events celebrating the swastika's revered and ancient
heritage will be held on Saturday, July 20, in many European cities, in
the Americas, and in Africa, Australia and the Middle East, including
in Tel Aviv. He pointed out that pre-Nazi-era images of the swastika
are found just about everywhere on Earth, including places that usually
surprise those who associate it only with the infamous Nazi regime.
"You can see swastikas in Israel at many ancient and pre-1930s sites," Kaenzig said. "In addition, many
pre-1930s Jewish synagogues around the world, including one in Verona, Italy, contain swastikas. In earlier times, they had only positive
connotations for Jews."
The swastika is special to Raelians because it intertwines with two
interlocking triangles to form the Raelian symbol.
"The swastika in our symbol stands for infinity in time and the
interlocking triangles represent infinity in space," Kaenzig explained.
"We feature these images at our annual Happiness Academies worldwide,
including the most recent one in Mexico, and we also use them
throughout the year in accordance with our philosophy and to honor our
creators, the Elohim, who gave us this symbol."
He said Raelians are making a special appeal to the worldwide Hindu community of one billion followers to take part in the upcoming Swastika
Rehabilitation Day events.
"We hope Hindus in the East and elsewhere will stand up for their fellow
Hindus living in the West," Kaenzig said. "Many minority groups in the
West, including Raelians, Native Americans and Hindus, face
discrimination if they openly revere this symbol that is so important
to their beliefs. A Hindu child in a U.S. school district was recently singled out for special counseling and other corrective
measures merely because he drew a swastika for a holiday-themed
Last year on Swastika Rehabilitation Day the Raelian Movement has flown
banners featuring the swastika over beaches bordering a number of major
"This year, we'll again display swastika-themed banners in U.S. and
Canadian skies," Kaenzig said. "However we were surprised to learn that
the Centre Pluridisciplinaire d'Aviation du Québec Inc. (CPAQ Aero) and
the Brampton Flight Center refused to fly our banner in Montreal and
Toronto. In Vancouver, we found no company available to fly our banner.
We question if it is not a case of discrimination against our religion
as well as the venerable religious symbol that is the swastika. If it
was a cross, would the contract be refused on the grounds that the KKK
used this symbol" adds Marc Rivard, Bishop and President of the
Canadian branch of the Raelian Movement. "However, the real emphasis is
on worldwide recognition and vindication for the true and positive
connotations of this symbol. This is a global re-education effort."
The Raelian Movement is asking members of all religions that use the
swastika in their symbolism, plus others who believe in religious
freedom, to come together on Swastika Rehabilitation Day.
"The swastika has been used around the world for thousands of years as a
symbol of well-being and good luck, so when Westerners interpret it as
meaning something ugly because the Nazis used it, they're denying
millions of people the right to live their religion freely," he said.
"It's time to rehabilitate this lovely symbol once and for all, and to
eliminate any remaining taint from those who hijacked it in the 20th
Let's meet, Saturday July 20:
12-3pm, corner of Yonge Street and Dundas Street
2-5pm at the entrance of the English Bay's Beach at the corner of Beach
Avenue and Davie Street
Sunday July 21
12-3pm at Parc Lafontaine, 3819 rue Calixa-Lavallée
About the Raëlian Movement rael.org and press.rael.org
The Raëlian Movement is the world's largest non-profit atheist
organisation, which explains how life on earth was created through the
synthesis of DNA by an extra-terrestrial civilisation known in the
original Bible as Elohim. It brings together 84,000 members from 104
countries who actively publicise the message these extra-terrestrial
scientists gave to Rael, with the goal of building an embassy to
welcome them officially and propagate their values of peace and
non-violence. The Raëlian Movement is making waves through its
non-conformist and politically incorrect philosophy.
SOURCE: EGLISE RAELIENNE CANADIENNE
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