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More Boy Scouts (and fewer Nazis)

A few days ago, I linked to a Web site with what I thought were some dubious theories about the swastika and the Boy Scouts. Almost immediately the author of that site posted a comment on my article (you can read it here). I couldn’t pass up the chance to render my thanks both for the politeness of the comment and the time it took to write it.

The author knows his swastikas backwards and forwards (literally), and points out a few essential differences between the Nazi swastika and the Boy Scout version. For one thing, the Nazi swastika was diagonal, whereas the lines in the Boy Scout swastika are all vertical or horizontal.

I defer to the author’s superior expertise in swastikas, and I certainly don’t have the knowledge to debate the history of the swastika in this country. I do still think that the meaning of the swastika on the Boy Scout emblem is obviously innocent: however it got there, it was a cheery symbol of good luck to the millions of boys who received these medals (and then tossed them in the dirt when Hitler rose to power).

But I wish more of the debate on the Internet could be as delightfully civilized as this one comment from “Tinny Ray.” He must think I’m a naive fool who’s far out of his depth and just doesn’t get it, but he didn’t say that to my face. Instead, he thanked me for taking an interest, and then mentioned what he thought were some important points I had missed. I don’t agree with the politics of the Rex Curry site, but wars would cease if everyone could discuss political differences so pleasantly.

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