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Sunday, June 24, 2012
Religious group flies swastika banner over NYC
NEW YORK - A religious group flew an airplane banner defending the vile Nazi swastika, offending thousands of people trying to enjoy a summer day in Manhattan and on the Jersey shore.
The ad for ProSwastika.org was paid for by the International Raelian Movement to honor World Swastika Rehabilitation Day.
“We have rehabilitation day to explain the true meaning of the symbol,” said Las Vegas-based organizer Thomas Kaenzig. “By keeping it taboo, we give credit to the horrific Nazi ideology.”
According to Raelism, a religion that believes in UFOs, the swastika has long been a symbol of peace.
But New Yorkers weren’t buying it: “It’s a gorgeous day . . . And some idiot is flying a swastika banner off the tail of his plane up and down Manhattan,” Miguelina Nunez posted on Twitter.
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