How can you take the list seriously when mainstream Christian symbols, superheroes, and sportswear companies are seen as symbols of hate on par with the swastika?
A new French “anti-hate” website called “Indextreme” that purports to “observe, catalogue [sic] and publicize the graphic symbols used by the far right in France” has included Roman Catholic symbols, the ancient symbol of Emporer Constantine, and Captain America alongside overt extremist and neo-Nazi symbols.
The project, which was created by graphic designer Geoffrey Dorne and photojournalist Ricardo Parreira and has been promoted by the leftist French website StreetPress, lists many symbols broken up into various categories from phrases to animals, flags, gestures, numbers, and crosses.
In the section on crosses, the Nazi Swastika is highlighted alongside several mainstream Roman Catholic symbols, including the Jerusalem Cross (the Christian symbol for the city of Jerusalem), the Cross of Burgundy, the Cross Pattée and the Cross of Lorraine, which is seen on the flags on Hungary and Slovakia.
In the section on “crosses”, the Jerusalem Cross, a symbol frequently used in Eastern Catholocism, was listed alongside the swastika.
The Occitan cross (shown below) is a symbol that was used in the 11th century on the coats of arms of the Count of Toulouse, France, and has been adopted by a minority group in the Provence region in the South of France to advocate for language rights.
The Cross of Lorraine is a Christian symbol that has been used since the 4th century and is common to all branches of Christianity — Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant. The smaller top bar on the cross symbolizes the INRI sign, which stands for Iesvs Nazarenvs, Rex Ivdæorvm (Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews), placed above Jesus on the cross.
The Cross of Lorraine is a fascinating addition because it was a symbol of the anti-Nazi Free France led by General Charles De Gaulle during the Second World War. They literally fought against the Nazis.
The inclusion of the Cross of Lorraine echoes another “anti-hate” school booklet released last year in Canada by the Canadian government-funded far-left Canadian Anti-Hate Network (CAHN), which claimed the World War Two-era Red Ensign flag was a symbol of hatred.
CAHN has also been alleged to have ties to the violent far-left group Antifa and last year a Canadian judge stated “CAHN did in fact assist Antifa and that the movement has been violent,” when proceeding to throw out a defamation suit lodged by a senior member of the far-left group against Canadian journalist Jonathan Kay.
Several Marvel Superheroes also made the list — Captain America, The Punisher, and Thor’s hammer, Mjöllnir.
Other interesting symbols included are the Fleur-de-Lis, another Christian symbol that represents the Trinity and is inextricably linked as a symbol of France.
The ancient Christian symbol, Chi Rho, which consists of two Greek letters chi (X) and rho (P) superimposed one on top of the other. Chi and rho are the first two letters of ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ (Christos). It was the symbol of the Roman Emperor Constantine (306–337 AD), the first Emperor to embrace Christianity.
The ubiquitous Catholic symbol, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is also included on the list.
Idextreme says that it is included because… “Today, the Sacred Heart is very well known thanks to the far-right political party Civitas, which emerged from the Civitas Institute founded in 1999. Civitas is a nationalist, fundamentalist and Pétainist movement. He is known for his anti-abortion, homophobic and transphobic positions.”
One of the more surprising additions was the Star of David which represents the Jewish people. The argument they make is that because the Nazis used the yellow star as a label for German Jews, the Star of David is now a hate symbol.
A few honorable mentions are the logo for the outdoor clothing brand Northface, the letters that symbolized the Roman Republic — SPQR (Senatus Populusque Romanus), and the letters ACAB (All Cops Are Bastards) which is somehow a “far-right” symbol that is also used (according to Indextreme,) by the police and the military, because that makes perfect sense. In the United States, ACAB is used by far-left groups and shows up as graffiti after Antifa and BLM riots.
The list did include a number of legitimate symbols of hate, and some of the Christian symbols listed have indeed been co-opted by extremists — the swastika itself was a symbol of divinity in Eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism — but not to the extent that they are identified exclusively with hate and not Christianity.
The listing of Christian symbols alongside Nazi and white nationalist ones is deliberate. The far-left attacks on churches continue apace in France.
Just after Christmas, a church in Calais was set on fire.
— Fdesouche.com est une revue de presse (@F_Desouche) December 29, 2022
But this is nothing new.
Macron's France: Average of Three Church Attacks Per Day https://t.co/flFZuZVQyN
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) March 30, 2019
The Indexetreme list also lists the anti-Antifa symbol as a “far-right” extremist symbol… but the Antifa symbol is not listed as a “far-left” extremist organization.
Antifa Militants Attack Catholics Commemorating Martyrs in Paris https://t.co/MDiOulKhUP
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) June 1, 2021
Get ready… it’s only a matter of time until this new labeling system is imported to North America.
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