TORONTO — An extraterrestrial-centric religious sect will attempt to “reclaim: the swastika in Toronto on Sunday.
Members of the International Raelian Movement have chosen the city’s gay pride festivities as their venue to celebrate a second annual event they call World Swastika Rehabilitation Day.
“The goal is to return the swastika’s true meaning of peace and harmony to this ancient symbol regretfully hijacked by the Nazis,” said movement spokeswoman Brigitte Boisselier in a press release.
The Raelians, who believe human scientists from another planet, called Elohim, created all life on Earth, represent themselves with a swastika intertwining with a Star of David.
Their symbol speaks to “the infinity of time,” Boisselier said.
She cited the swastika’s historical use by “many peaceful religious groups, especially in Asia,” as reason to reclaim it.
The Raelian movement was sparked in the early 1970s by sect leader Claude Vorilhon, also known as Rael.
I find it appropriate that the Raelians are using the occasion of a sodomite pride parade to call for the reclamation of the swastika.