Let’s hope this was a HUGE oversight by an insensitive graphic artist, because if this was intentional, Europe’s got problems beyond what we already knew.
Journalist Daniel Hannan posted a photo on his Telegraph blog depicting a poster that is meant to be a tribute to religious tolerance, which contains a large star comprised of various religious symbols including the Christian Cross, Yin Yang, Star of David and…. the hammer and sickle.
Daniel snapped a photo of the Europe4All poster in the European Commission, and says:
For three generations, the badge of the Soviet revolution meant poverty, slavery, torture and death. It adorned the caps of the chekas who came in the night. It opened and closed the propaganda films which hid the famines. It advertised the people’s courts where victims of purges and show-trials were condemned. It fluttered over the re-education camps and the gulags. For hundreds of millions of Europeans, it was a symbol of foreign occupation. Hungary, Lithuania and Moldova have banned its use, and various former communist countries want it to be treated in the same way as Nazi insignia.
So what on earth does this hammer and sickle have to do with religious harmony? Further, the implications of such state sponsored propaganda about ecumenism ( A movement promoting worldwide unity among religions through greater cooperation and improved understanding) are quite sinister. Meant to create a feeling of warm and fuzzy fellowship, the reality is that in order to be truly free, we must be free even to offend. Under the banner of “tolerance”, governments have attempted to squash diversity, making it a penalty for anyone to proclaim their religion to be the only TRUE religion.
For example, on 9/11/12 the U.S. Embassy in Cairo released the following statement as protestors stood just outside its gates:
The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.
What does that mean? Look at the language; “we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.” So, as a Christian, if I say to someone who does not share my faith that Jesus is the only way to salvation… I’m likely offending them. And my government condemns me for that. “We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.“ This is dangerous. The State Department here is clearly saying that the only speech that it is willing to defend is inclusive speech. If you have the audacity to make a claim about your faith that doesn’t jibe with a universal sense of oneness and harmony… you’ve been “firmly rejected.”
In fairness, the above statement created waves amongst people of all faiths, stirring the exact opposite of its intended reaction. Thus, the statement was removed from the embassy website and both Obama and Romney distanced themselves from it. The Daily Caller managed to get a screen grab which can be seen here.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with being tolerant, in the sense that I as a free citizen have no right to tell you what to believe and I can still love you as my fellow man. But part of the elite agenda has always been to unite the world under a single religious banner. Clearly, if the State controls our faith, it controls us. Or the lack thereof, as clearly evidenced by the atheist regime of the former USSR. Perhaps that hammer and sickle in the poster speaks more loudly than we might think.