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Simply Speaking: Peace Symbols

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Americans and the world are filled with misinformation…or no information at all…on issues that should be important, even vital to them. Consequently, a lack of information prevents critical thinking on myriads of subjects, on which people have been mal or misinformed. The Good Lord tells us His people perish for lack of knowledge.

Take the so-called “Peace Symbol” for instance; you know the vertical line intersected by two downward-directional diagonal lines (kind of resembling a swept-wing jet), enclosed within a circle. Yeah, that “peace symbol.” You see it everywhere these days; in jewelry, fashions, tattoos; even dangling under rear view mirrors, and in every other imaginable place icons can be located.

In some circles (no pun intended), this configuration seems even to be replacing and more popular than the Christian Cross as a display or fashion object. Seeing and realizing how our faith and traditions have been systematically withdrawn from public education and from the public in general, this should come as no surprise. So what is this icon, where did it come from, and what are its origins?

This symbol is known as the Aldermaston Peace Symbol, and is very old. In our generation, it resurfaced on Good Friday, 1958, in Aldermaston, England, at a weapons factory in an anti-nuclear protest. Revolutionaries Hugh Brock and Pat Arrowsmith led, reportedly followed by thousands. A WWII conscientious objector from London, Gerald Holton, claimed credit for the design and its meaning (supposedly figures from flag-signaling, indicating an “N”{nuclear} and a “D”{disarmament}, within a circle indicating earth).

Holton later claimed the symbol represented a human being in despair with arms outstretched downward. Well, Mr. Holton, the design preceded and did not originate with you.

Interestingly, the symbol was suggested to Brock and Arrowsmith by British philosopher Bertrand Russell who, in addition to being a scientist, had great knowledge in the history of religion, politics, and occultism. Russell greatly admired Karl Marx and was a member of an elite atheist group known as the Fabian Socialists. George Bernard Shaw and John Maynard Keynes had been members.

The Fabians found their way into mainstream churches and organizations, sometimes forcing their way in, though many of these were already either socialist or liberal in character, not needing much prodding for their fellow travelers to infiltrate. 

This group promoted things like free sex and love for the Russian communist way of life as the best route for mankind. Tearing down the walls between countries, discouraging love for one’s nation, no respect for family life, no Christian morals, and no faith in God were some of its main goals. 

It should be remembered that this great love of Russia by 1931, when Bertrand Russell was extolling the communist system found tens of millions of people already murdered in concentration camps and gulags run by the selfsame Soviet regime.

Do our school systems currently promote George Bernard Shaw, John Maynard Keynes and Bertrand Russell? Should not we find out?

Bernard Koerner’s Reference Book of Heraldic Art states the ‘peace symbol’ originated in German paganism and is a rune-sign (Teutonic) picturing death. Go ahead, hang one of them around your neck or wear that fashion if you think it’s “in” or stylish but, for goodness’ sake, know what it stands for.

This ‘peace symbol’ is depicted in the NeroCross. Nero persecuted Christians, designing an upside down cross in the form of a “V” or inverted cross, having its horizontal member broken down (indicating no need for Christ). He had Peter crucified on one of them, head-down, per Nestorius the Syrian. The symbol is known as the “Sign of the Broken Christian (or Jew).” 

Roman legions marched into Jerusalem three years after Peter’s murder, flying banners displaying the Nero Cross, symbol of hatred for the Bible and Christianity through the ages.

In 1099, Muslims fought under this symbol against the Crusaders in the Holy Land and in 1917, the Bolsheviks painted the Nero Cross on the doors of churches they had forced closed.

Just thought you’d like to know.

May God bless.

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