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Swastika advert causes outrage

Swastika Advert Causes Outrage

This is the plane that ruined many New York-area beachgoers' relaxing day on the coast. The advert featuring a swastika sign was seen flying over Brighton Beach and Coney Island Saturday, prompting several complaints.

The group behind the advert, an organization called Pro Swastika, reportedly flew it in dozens of major cities that day. The organization's founder told WNBC they're intentions were not to offend - they want to change the image back to its original meaning.

"In the western world the symbol has been hijacked by the Nazis. We're here to basically reclaim it from them. As long as there are people still offended by it, it means that we need to continue our work. We feel the need to continue to rehabilitate the symbol."

On its website, Pro Swastika explains the controversial word actually started out meaning "good luck" and "good will."

But here's the questionable ... or rather *more* questionable part: The advert is part of a campaign called Swastika Rehabilitation Week lead by a UFO group.

The groups leader told The Huffington Post the swastika was given to humans by a group of extraterrestrial scientists who created mankind.

And the only way to show them that humans have evolved enough to accept them is to rehabilitate the symbol.

This is the fifth year that the group has attempted to remove the Nazi stigma from the swastika, the campaign will hit 50 cities all over the world and lasts through July 12.

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jnjbeery July 13 2014 at 6:21 PM

People need to grow up, and quit looking for things to complain about. This is still a free country and freedom of speech. Or maybe you could complain to Obama and he could take all your freedoms away and dictate what you can do the rest of your life. Get a life

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gizmoprof July 13 2014 at 6:40 PM

BS. They know exactly what that symbol has come to mean. You can't undo the deaths of millions of Jews, by saying, "it means good will" BS.

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fstltasc July 13 2014 at 6:34 PM

irregardless of the previous comment, the Swastika, or Hakencruz, or flyflot cross, all three names, plus many others, was and is an ancient symbol of many civilizations over many thousands of years. from not only Sanskrit but also Asian, and Native American. We should "rehabilitate" it. That will be the final victory over Naziism, Hitler and his gang, little green men not withstanding:)

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aledobears July 13 2014 at 7:07 PM

YOU CAN'T CHANGE WHAT IT MEANS TO SO MANY...WE HAVE NO PLAN TO (START LIKING) SOMETHING, THAT REPRESENTED HATE AND MURDER!!! wow.....

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Richard July 14 2014 at 8:22 AM

Flying over the beaches where Jewish families go, huh?

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KCCROM July 14 2014 at 12:41 AM

There are Swastika symbols in the tile floor of the Ellicott Square Building in downtown Buffalo, NY ! They were there before Hitler came into power and nobody has tried to remove either !

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PAUL July 14 2014 at 12:10 AM

I get offended when I read comments by people referring to our President as Obozo and other disrespectful terms, just as I used to be offended when I watched the news showing Islamic extremists in other countries burning the American flag. Pardon me for being proud to be an American but even though I believe the voting process to be a sham (thus negating the idea of an actual Conservative vs Liberal agenda) I still support and respect my elders (as I was brought up right) and our great country's leaders whether they be Republican or Liberal. Thank God I'm not in power! I view disrespect of our President (regardless of party affiliation) as nothing short of sedition, but I will pray that the excesses of seditious crap spewed by know-it-all armchair warriors will backfire and bring about a repressive right-wing government that will send death squads to your houses to eliminate your entire genealogical line to insure that all future Americans keep their anti-American opinions to themselve

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rvheaney PAUL July 14 2014 at 12:17 AM

Obozo, Obozo, Obozo, Obozo .... That is the nicest name I can come up for the FOOL !

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emraldctys rvheaney July 14 2014 at 1:51 AM

asshat....that about says it for you

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musomesa PAUL July 14 2014 at 3:36 AM

It is rather juvenile -- young kids find the corruption of names to be "smart".

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Suzanne July 14 2014 at 10:08 AM

It may have started out as a goodwill symbol, but became the most offensive and disgusting symbol known to mankind!! These people need to get a life and put their energy into helping people, not offending, and hurting them. LET IT GO!!!!
The $$ they spent on this "advertising" could have been spent helping someone or something, (homeless animals) ,instead of bringing up angry and offensive feelings on a day when people were having a great day. Sick people who would do such a thing.

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Shawn Suzanne July 14 2014 at 11:41 AM

It's not that they are sick...they are just not thinking about all of those millions upon millions, upon millions of people, Jewish, Soviet, Slavic and other undesirables who died or were fortunate enough to survive the suffering under an evil madness that swept Germany under this symbol. Maybe one day it will be safe to show it and we won't entirely associate it with the Nazis and the Holocaust...but for now it's too soon and that group is a tad dumb to think other wise...

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dtrevdav1 July 13 2014 at 10:34 PM

Every time you get a dem president, the conservative crybabies have to go and form some group or militia to get attention. Even more now that he is dem and black

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jtdancernh July 14 2014 at 10:54 AM

To all the idiots posting comments equating liberals with Nazis: The Nazis were an extremist RIGHT WING party. As such, they have much more in common with today's Conservative Republicans.

That's ok, though--I'm guessing they're serving up your favorite flavor of Kool-Aid, so you're obviously drinking more of it.

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