LAS VEGAS, June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rael, founder and leader of the International Raelian Movement, initiated the idea of a World Swastika Rehabilitation Day (WOSRED), which has been announced for Sunday, June 27, according to a statement released today by the International Raelian Movement.
"This ancient symbol of peace, good luck and harmony was hijacked by the Nazis, so it's currently shunned in much of the West," said Ricky Roehr, Raelian Continental Guide for North America. "Nevertheless, it can still be found in Native American artifacts like Navajo carpets and Apache baskets and in pre-Nazi-era items that were manufactured right here in the United States. For example, it was used as the shape for a lucky Coca-Cola fob back when a soft drink cost a nickel. One can even find it on the floor of the Ein Gedi synagogue in Israel!"
He said other vintage uses of the swastika symbol in North America include the shape of an old highway marker in Arizona, the central image on a Will's cigarette pack and the design on old poker chips made by the American Playing Card Company.
"It was even used as the primary decorative element for a pre-Nazi era U.S. Army Boeing fighter plane," Roehr said. "In fact, the swastika was seen only in positive terms until the Nazis adopted it. We hope World Swastika Rehabilitation Day will help restore its reputation and integrity because it's is an integral part of our Raelian symbol."
He noted that the Raelian emblem consists of two interlocking triangles representing infinite space, plus a center swastika that represents infinite time.
"This extraordinary emblem was given to us by our creators, advanced extraterrestrial scientists who came to Earth thousands of years ago and genetically engineered all life on this planet, including humans in their own image," Roehr said. "That's why the swastika figure is found worldwide in so many ancient cultures. It's still found in temples and shrines across Asia, but we want to see it rehabilitated worldwide."
Roehr said the Raelian Movement would like everyone to be involved in Swastika Rehabilitation Day.
"We hope to coordinate our actions with those of world religions retaining the swastika as a sacred symbol, like The Buddhist and Hindu religions," he said, noting that Raelian actions in the U.S. will take place in Miami, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles action will include the building of a huge swastika sand castle on Venice Beach (at Westminster&Boardwalk).
Other events are scheduled in London, Brussels, Lyon, Seoul, Tokyo and Sydney.
For more information, see www.proswastika.org.
SOURCE Raelian Movement