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I happened to spot a "review" on Amazon where the reader gave one-star to a  book she said she will not read because it has a peace symbol on the cover and the peace symbol conflicts with her faith.

I didn't understand--what is the issue with a peace symbol?
#1 - March 28, 2013, 08:07 PM

Hmmm. From a Christian's point of view, not sure why peace would conflict with faith? Unless she's purely connecting the symbol to the hippie movement and its perceived wild lifestyle? Stumped.
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Although the peace symbol was designed in 1958 and represents two semaphore letters (n and d for nuclear disarmament) some people have been taught that it is an upside-down broken cross-- a 'satanic' sign.  That is very sad.

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It is sad that people would view it that way. I'm not sure a lot of young people really even associate it with peace now either, it's just a symbol on a T-shirt in Wal-mart, you know?
#4 - March 29, 2013, 04:19 AM

Interesting. I had no idea where it came from or that people really thought it was satanic. 

It also seems unfair to the writer to base a poor review on the cover art--and to allow the review to remain up when the reviewer didn't even read the first pages the book.
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It also seems unfair to the writer to base a poor review on the cover art--and to allow the review to remain up when the reviewer didn't even read the first pages the book.

There are crazy Amazon reviews everywhere--for example, I've seen any number of them in which a reviewer gives a book 1 star because Amazon didn't ship quickly enough. ??
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Probably one of the folks who think that if you play your vinyl rock and roll records backwards (not that most people have them anymore) they reveal satanic worship  :duh. I mean the peace symbol, really?
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There are crazy Amazon reviews everywhere--for example, I've seen any number of them in which a reviewer gives a book 1 star because Amazon didn't ship quickly enough. ??

A friend got a one star b/c the reviewer didn't like erotica. The book was a legal thriller! Not even so much as a smooch was exchanged. My friend asked Amazon to remove it, and after a little bit of back and forth, they did.
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I didn't do any fact-checking on this but found it interesting...(I looked around because I know I've seen the peace symbol in my travels where the meaning was obviously not the post-1950's meaning...maybe in Caodai temples in Vietnam? I'll have to look through my photos.)

http://www.teachpeace.com/peacesymbolhistory.htm


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I didn't do any fact-checking on this but found it interesting...(I looked around because I know I've seen the peace symbol in my travels where the meaning was obviously not the post-1950's meaning...maybe in Caodai temples in Vietnam? I'll have to look through my photos.)

http://www.teachpeace.com/peacesymbolhistory.htm

Interesting! I guess if someone goes back far enough in time, probably he can find an insidious meaning in just about any symbol! 
#10 - March 29, 2013, 08:29 AM

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Russell's primary interest in the symbol was to communicate defeat, despair, and disrespecting Jesus. Secret societies advancing the Great Plan enjoy seeing people, especially young children, wearing the peace symbol with the arms down because in their Luciferian religion they believe deception produces a dark energy helping to pave the way for the Antichrist.

Yeah, right.

#11 - March 29, 2013, 09:36 AM

Probably one of the folks who think that if you play your vinyl rock and roll records backwards (not that most people have them anymore) they reveal satanic worship  :duh. I mean the peace symbol, really?
There's a lot of misinformation out there. I know people like this. They want to do the right thing and "facts" get passed around like a game of telephone till standing for what's right means no peace symbol. Often a gentle discussion can correct things.
#12 - March 29, 2013, 10:03 AM
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People often claim Harry Potter books are just fantasy and do not include real witchcraft. Sadly, this is not true. The Harry Potter series is an abomination. To find Harry Potter is not introducing people to white and black magic is to make a compromise with the powers and principalities of darkness.

They also claim that the 9/11 memorial is filled with occult symbolism and have vague allusions to a number of secret societies and other conspiracy theories.

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Russell's primary interest in the symbol was to communicate defeat, despair, and disrespecting Jesus. Secret societies advancing the Great Plan enjoy seeing people, especially young children, wearing the peace symbol with the arms down because in their Luciferian religion they believe deception produces a dark energy helping to pave the way for the Antichrist.

Yeah, right.


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I didn't do any fact-checking on this but found it interesting...(I looked around because I know I've seen the peace symbol in my travels where the meaning was obviously not the post-1950's meaning...maybe in Caodai temples in Vietnam? I'll have to look through my photos.)

http://www.teachpeace.com/peacesymbolhistory.htm




That webpage is full of hogwash, to put it mildly.

Apparently the sign has been used before, if you read the comments here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7292252.stm

Nothing sinister, though.
#15 - March 29, 2013, 07:12 PM
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With regard to poor reviews made by ignorant people, a counter-review might be helpful. You know, multiple stars and a comment saying that it's not fair to rate a book you didn't even read for gosh sake.  Too bad we can't rate the reviews, lol.
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Bobi, I agree. The point here isn't to discuss what this or that religion thinks of this or that symbol, according to this or that person. What's appalling is the complete lack of credibility of some of these so-called reviews. If I want a review, I go to Kirkus, SLJ, HB, etc., or to bloggers I trust.
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Just to clarify here...I was absolutely not presenting that website as anything other than where anybody with 1 minute and google might get negative information about a peace symbol (or anything else for that matter.) I guess I didn't make that clear.

Oh, and the symbols all over the Caodai temples were actually the eye inside a pyramid (that appears on US paper currency and also has some wacky interpretations out there.)
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Just to clarify here...I was absolutely not presenting that website as anything other than where anybody with 1 minute and google might get negative information about a peace symbol (or anything else for that matter.) I guess I didn't make that clear.

Oh, and the symbols all over the Caodai temples were actually the eye inside a pyramid (that appears on US paper currency and also has some wacky interpretations out there.)

I'll admit that reading this made me breathe a big sigh of relief, TH!

Yes, I've also heard funny stories about the eye and the pyramid. I read something similarly conspiracy-based about a Disney film recently. I think if you dig around there are probably conspiracy stories about almost anything that's popular/ubiquitous/or almost anything to do with politics/religion/government, ie anything at all!
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Thanks, Franzilla...yeah, I was pretty mortified when I realized how people read what I'd posted. I guess I use "interesting" in the way someone who hates your curtains calls them "interesting".  This is why I don't post all that often. :-(
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