World Swastika Rehabilitation Day

Sunday is World Swastika Rehabilitation Day, celebrated by the New Age religious cult known as the Raelians:

World Swastika Rehabilitation Day (WOSRED) will be celebrated on June 26 through marches and informative events worldwide, according to a statement released this morning by the International Raelian Movement (IRM).

WOSRED was launched last year by Rael, spiritual leader of the IRM.

“The goal is to return the swastika’s true meaning of peace and harmony to this ancient symbol regretfully hijacked by the Nazis,” said Brigitte Boisselier, Ph.D., IRM spokesperson. “I’ve been questioned often about my Raelian symbol, in which a swastika intertwines with two overlapping triangles that form a six-pointed star. People were obviously disturbed to see a swastika intertwined with a Star of David, but when they’re told it was used for millennia and is still used today by many peaceful religious groups, especially in Asia, they look at our symbol in a very different way.”

On June 26, “hundreds, or, hopefully, thousands of people” will celebrate World Swastika Rehabilitation Day in the streets of Miami, Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York in the United States; in Vancouver and Toronto in Canada; in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth in Australia; in Zacatecas, Veracruz and Mexico City in Mexico; in Milan, Italy; Lyon, France; and Rotterdam, Holland.

Boisselier pointed out that the Pro-swastika group initiated by Rael now includes Buddhists and Hindus, who have used the swastika as a symbol since the very beginning of their religions.

“No one should be surprised to see the swastika as a revered symbol in most religious groups because it’s part of the symbol given to us by the human scientists from another planet who created us, the Elohim – those who are at the origin of all religions,” Boisselier explained. “They gave the Raelian symbol to Rael when they met with him in 1973 (see rael.org), just as they gave it to all the prophets of the past. That’s why we can find traces of this symbol on every continent and in every culture, not only in Asia with the Buddhists and Hindus, but in America with the Native Americans and Aztecs; in Europe with the Celts and the Greeks; and even in Israel, where you can see it in some of the temples.”

Boisselier said it’s important for Raelians to rehabilitate this symbol given to us by our creators, since they not only brought it to us but explained what it means.

“They said it represents the infinity of time, a very important concept that is now essential to the Raelian philosophy,” she explained. “According to Rael, the universe is infinite in both space and time. It has always existed and will always exist.”

The problem, Boisselier said, is that our society wants to have a beginning and an end for everything, including the universe.

“That’s the reason for the big bang theory, which is now more and more contested by scientists,” she said. “Already in 1973, the Elohim were telling us that there is no beginning to an infinite universe, and this concept of infinity is essential to grasp before we can continue to advance scientifically from where we are now. By promoting the swastika, we’re actually helping the world scientists who have a few minutes to share with us. They need to make this major paradigm shift to progress!”

via Raelians to Celebrate ‘World Swastika Rehabilitation Day’ on June 26 – Yahoo! News.

That the Nazis did choose this figure as their symbol tells us something about them as well, their embrace of an essentially pagan worldview, one that rejects “Jewish” (a.k.a. Biblical) notions such as creation and linear time.

Anyway, so the Raelians believe that we were created by space aliens who came back to have a conversation with their founder in 1973.  Here is another new religion that tries to cast itself in scientific and materialistic terms.  Maybe the swastika could become the symbol of the Singularity.

HT: Joe Carter

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Dennis Peskey

    “According to Rael, the universe is infinite in both space and time. It has always existed and will always exist.” So much for the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This foolishness errs in so many places it doesn’t deserve further comment.
    Pax,
    Dennis

  • Dennis Peskey

    “According to Rael, the universe is infinite in both space and time. It has always existed and will always exist.” So much for the Second Law of Thermodynamics. This foolishness errs in so many places it doesn’t deserve further comment.
    Pax,
    Dennis

  • Tom Hering

    What more do we need to know? This sex-and-aliens cult was begun by a Frenchman in the 70s. (No, it wasn’t Truffaut in Close Encounters.)

    But seriously, how do you take meaning out of a symbol? The swastika would have to disappear from everyone’s sight for centuries before it could be revived and associated with something new. Maybe the Raelians actually understand this, as they’ve begun to replace their old symbol with a new version. The straight lines of the swastika are now curved, and the only thing it brings to mind is a pinwheel. Which better represents their “Raelians just wanna have fun” philosophy. I guess.

  • Tom Hering

    What more do we need to know? This sex-and-aliens cult was begun by a Frenchman in the 70s. (No, it wasn’t Truffaut in Close Encounters.)

    But seriously, how do you take meaning out of a symbol? The swastika would have to disappear from everyone’s sight for centuries before it could be revived and associated with something new. Maybe the Raelians actually understand this, as they’ve begun to replace their old symbol with a new version. The straight lines of the swastika are now curved, and the only thing it brings to mind is a pinwheel. Which better represents their “Raelians just wanna have fun” philosophy. I guess.

  • Tom Hering
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  • Tom Hering

    Okay, a little more research reveals that the Raelians dropped their old symbol in 1991 (after taking a lot of heat for it). That’s when the new symbol was introduced. Then, in 2007, Rael (their leader) announced he wanted the old symbol brought back. Hence, the need for a “World Swastika Rehabilitation Day.”

    So, in the end, these guys aren’t as smart as I thought they might be. And that’s good news. :-D

  • Tom Hering

    Okay, a little more research reveals that the Raelians dropped their old symbol in 1991 (after taking a lot of heat for it). That’s when the new symbol was introduced. Then, in 2007, Rael (their leader) announced he wanted the old symbol brought back. Hence, the need for a “World Swastika Rehabilitation Day.”

    So, in the end, these guys aren’t as smart as I thought they might be. And that’s good news. :-D

  • steve

    Maybe the swastika can become the universal symbol of irony. Though, clearly, Hitler did the most to denigrate this symbol, being co-opted and promoted by the Raelians would be a distant second.

  • steve

    Maybe the swastika can become the universal symbol of irony. Though, clearly, Hitler did the most to denigrate this symbol, being co-opted and promoted by the Raelians would be a distant second.