Wednesday, October 26, 2005

New Alliance Filthy Lie Assignment: YAY! We're Nazis!

I think this one's like the popular TV game show, Jeopardy. Someone else tells the filthy lie, The Alliance responds with a question, so it is sort of like that, only without that maddening music that gets stuck in your head.

"Why does The Alliance logo resemble a Nazi symbol?"

Well, let's explore symbols and their history in general to see if we can find the answer!

"Symbols form the treasure in the realm of shadowy thought." --Kant

Birds in general have been used as symbols from our earliest known history. The ancient Egyption sun gods, Ra and Horus, had the bodies of men and the heads of birds. In Christianity birds signify the presence of God. The dove signaled the presense of the Holy Spirit at the time of Christ's baptism, the mother eagle in caring for its young, and the sparrow signifies God's concern for the most insignificant living things. The flight of birds inspired the Wright brothers. There are an abundance of bird symbols in modern culture as well. Take America's symbolizing of the bald eagle and the Black Hawk helicopter for examples. The bald eagle, with its stunning acrobatics and ferocious hunting skills is a regal symbol of America and freedom.

The eagle, in particular, has been used sybolically from the earliest civilizations as demonstrated by early cave paintings, until today. From sacred or mythological to national symbols, the symbolization of the eagle shows that it has always and continues to inspire mankind's imagination, which is why I imagine so many use this as a symbol, including The Alliance.

The star, another symbol used in The Alliance logo, has been used to symbolize everything from the star of David to Islam's crescent moon and star. Speaking of Islam: Likening The Alliance to Hitler's Nazism, due merely to the use of an eagle and a star in the logo, is more ignorant than likening the Muslum use of the crescent moon and star to worship the sun, moon, and sky as did peoples of Central Asia and Siberia or Carthoginian goddess Tanit and Greek goddess Diana. The ancient celestial symbolism pre-dates Islam by several thousand years. It wasn't until the Ottoman Empire that the crescent moon and star became affiliated with the Muslim world. The crescent moon and star symbol is exactly like that which was a pagan symbol of the past and the only likeness The Alliance logo shares with Nazi symbolism is an eagle, a creature which has been symbolized many times over by many different cultures throughout history, including Americans.

The attempt to paint an entire group of freedom loving people with that lefty Nazi brush is not only weak and silly but not a bit surprising or unexpected. I sure wish they'd pull out some new tricks, I'm getting bored with them. (Entertain me, lefties! I must have me entertainment!)

Now, I must go carve a pumpkin and feed my cats, three of which are named Thor, Logi, and Loki. One of which is black. Oh my, I must be a Norse witch! AHHHHH!

The Eagle

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring'd with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.

---Alfred Tennyson (rocks!)

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