Iron cross, et. al.
rs at robertsheridan.com
Fri Apr 23 09:12:56 PDT 2010
Above is the Wiki link to the history of the Iron Cross, said to reflect
"the cross borne by the Teutonic Knights in the 14th century."
And they are:
"...a German <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germans> Roman Catholic
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Catholic_religious_order>. It was
formed to aid Catholics <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholics> on
their pilgrimages to the Holy Land and to establish hospitals to care
for the sick and injured. Its members have commonly been known as the
*Teutonic Knights*, since they also served as a crusading
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusade> military order
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_order> during the Middle Ages
Hitler made use of it.
The swastika was a Hindu symbol, as well as Native American. Hitler
ruined that, too.
The American Red Cross helps people during emergencies. We like that.
The KKK burned crosses, sometimes on your front lawn. See RAV v. St.
Paul. We don't like that.
The point is that this symbol, and others, can be infuriating, to
understate the matter. So much for the power of symbols.
So, if you find yourself infuriated by this symbol or that, in one
context or another, it doesn't seem to be too much of a stretch to
imagine why, for instance, a Jewish person might object to seeing a
cross erected on or over public land. Isn't it comparable to the
Protestant Orange Order insisting on its several hundred year old power
to parade through Catholic neighborhoods in Belfast today? Solidarity
for its members, and thumbs-to-noses to Catholics?
Why, in this country, do we want to encourage thumbing the national nose
to minority groups? I don't get that at all.
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