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No Ban on Nazi Symbols

After Prince Harry's shocking Nazi gaffe, the EU considered a ban on Nazi symbols. Most of DW readers replied that two wrongs don't make a right.

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Does banning the Swastika infringe on democratic ideals?

Displays of Nazi symbols are protected by freedom of speech. Were we to begin banning offensive symbols, then we must begin with the communist hammer and sickle, as more persons have been murdered under that symbol than any other. Germany still has a lot to learn about individual liberty. Timothy Walsh

Harry should really go to Auschwitz for the 60th anniversary. It would show a willingness to understand what all the fuss is about. It's also time for other nations to fess up for their genocides.

Charles Reichert, Canada

Hindu symbol

As a kid my dad took me to India in 1955, where I saw the "hakenzreuz" symbol on a temple. It is not India's fault that the Nazi party stole the swastika as party symbol from their religion. Remember, forbidden fruit is always attractive. Mladen, Sweden

In a continent truly at peace with it history any such ban on symbolism would be unnecessary. That such a ban is proposed suggests the opposite. It could be argued that the UK is far more comfortable with its past than a modern day Germany. Banning such symbolism would prevent the politics of the Nazis being discussed -- and indeed exposed – fully. Luke Middleton, UK

You Europeans are a weird bunch. Get real: Banning a particular symbol because the Government says so. What symbols would be banned next? Perhaps bans on what you can say in public or private? Maybe restrictions on what you can read or view on the internet? The world has been terrible place with atrocities committed by many throughout time. Put it in the past and leave it there. William James

If the Swastika is to be banned, then every kind of symbol should be banned: the Cross, the Star of David, the Crescent, the U.S. flag, and so on. Will we no longer be allowed to wear our own skin color, but have to start painting ourselves a unified color? Istvan Koczian

I am for banning of Nazi symbols all over the world but one should also consider that Swasitka is an age old symbol in India. Every Hindu Indian household one enters will have this symbol. Saravanan

If we were to ban both Nazi symbols and guns, which would have a greater effect on humanity? Angelo, Canada

Weak educators?

I believe that Nazi symbols should used in whatever way people choose -- provided children are educated on all aspects of how the symbols were used by the evil Third Reich. Unfortunately in the UK our education system is in the grip of spineless, left-leaning appeasers who shy away from confronting uncomfortable facts. Peter Hulme, UK

I strongly believe that all ideas and beliefs should be laid out before the public and judged for their merit. The people in the end will make the right decision and to ban them could give them and their ideas more influence and power. Wayne Pate

If you want to weaken the power of symbols or words that are inflammatory, then encourage their use and flood the marketplace of ideas with them. J.L. Ronish

The banning of Nazi symbols is a German matter. To extend it to all of Europe does not make much sense. B.J. Grenda, Orange County, USA

Two wrongs don't make a right. Banning Nazi symbols violates free speech and brings us closer to the day of a dictatorship of the left. In a worst case scenario it could lead to something like Robespierre and the "Terror." Ryan Cole

Nazism existed to repel a foreign invasion and to champion existing culture. Our current society works towards an inachievable utopia and will come to a whimpering end. Nick





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  • Date 21.01.2005
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  • Date 21.01.2005
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