This is my old livejournal I found laying around my computer. I just thought, you know with my poetry and my seventh grade journal and everything, I could post is up here for posterity sake. I planned for this blog to be about my life and programming tutorials. I’m still working on the programming tutorials (as in, well, thinking about them). And all this old stuff, I guess is a good way to get to know me in a way. Mostly it helps me store stuff in a central location I want to look up later. So here goes. (Remember this is like 9-10 years ago):
EU May Forbid Swastikas
This would not only be a blow to the kemenikar but also to the buddhist swastikas and other meanings attached to the symbol as well. How can the European Union listen to a handful of German conservatives, socialists, and liberal democrats whose own country has successfully performed this type of censorship for years? Of course they want the rest of the world (as far as they can reach) just like it. Here’s the story as reported by the Associated Press:
BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Union may consider banning Nazi symbols in its 25 member nations after Britain’s Prince Harry wore a swastika armband to a costume party, the bloc’s top justice official said Monday.
Franco Frattini, the EU’s justice and home affairs commissioner, said he was open to discussing the issue at a Jan. 27 meeting of EU justice ministers.
“It may be worth looking into the possibility of a total ban, a Europe-wide ban,” his spokesman, Friso Roscam Abbing, told reporters Monday. “Commissioner Frattini shares the general feeling of opprobrium on the use of the swastika and other Nazi symbols.”
The call came after several German conservatives, socialists, and liberal democrats in the European Parliament urged a European ban following a scandal last week over photos published worldwide of Harry, third in line to the British throne, wearing the Nazi outfit.
German Socialist Helmut Kuhne called Harry a “royal idiot” for not knowing the consequences and World War II history linked to the Nazi swastika. [BLOGGERS NOTE: You’d think it only came from WWII]
Germany already bans such symbols. [BLOGGERS NOTE: We have already anticipated Germany as being one of the hardest ‘battlegrounds’ for the Kemenikar]
But British Liberal Democrat Chris Davies questioned the need to ban the swastika.
“I understand how the burden of history weighs upon my German colleagues’ view,” he said. “However, banning symbols cannot ban evil and risks playing into the hands of those who would seek to subvert the very liberties we most champion.” [BLOGGERS NOTE: Couldn’t have said it better myself Chris Davies.]
Roscam Abbing said Frattini would urge EU ministers to use the swastika incident to push for agreement on EU-wide rules to combat racism, fascism and anti-Semitism.
A proposal was introduced two years ago but discussions have failed to make headway.
END ASSOCIATED PRESS ARTICLE
The Kemenikar of Peace and Love Shall Prevail: