Letter to the EU requesting to stop considering of banning swastika

01 02 2007

Letter to the European Union asking it to abolish all its intentions of banning swastika, the symbol of the Baltic faith, and to stop the revival of Inquisition and Jesuitism in the EU.

The background

At the beginning of 2007, a wave of Hindus’ demonstrations spread through Europe. The Hindus were protesting against banning of swastika which was going to be considered by the EU. Once again, the protests drew public attention to this sensitive question, – it had seemed before that the European Union finally discarded such intention as some member states fiercely opposed it.

The initiator of the new attempt of banning swastika was Angela Merkel, the Chancelor of Germany, which had started its presidency over the European Union.

The reasons for the letter

Swastika is the main symbol of the main (traditional) Lithuanian god, Perkūnas, so its ban would mean criminalisation and effective prohibition of the ancient Lithuanian faith (as well as Latvian, Celtic and many other historical Indo-European faiths and religions).

After centuries of persecutions by the Catholic Church, the traditional Lithuanian religion is still uncertain of its future and has to be defended in all possible ways. A ban of swastika woul turn into a serious blow to the Lithuanian faith.

Morover, a ban on swastika would be nothing else but a step to the revival of the Nazism itself.

I am greatly surprised that the majority of the screamy European politicians, when they are demonstrating their hatred of Nazism in public, usually try to reduce it to the formal and superficial features of Hitler’s Nationalsocialist party, such as their uniform, symbolics, manners of greating each other or anti-Semitism.

However, all these are (at least normally) no crimes at all; Nazism was universally condemned because of its crimes against humanity and its ethics, which made those crimes not only possible, but also natural and encouraged by the society.

Therefore, I perceive Nazism – as a symbol of evil – to be the mode of behaviour when a group of people not only conceive themselves as superior to others, but also think that they have the right to treat the ‘inferior’ according to their wish and whim, and, of course, when they actually behave so – discriminate, humiliate or even murder them.

I do hope that Hitler’s NSDAP was vilified first of all not because its victims were Jews, a nation so influential in the US and Britain, and that I am right when I refer also to Jesus Navin (the bloody biblical Jewish commander and national hero) and all those Zionists who have murdered Arabs because these did not have the right to live on the land that was promised by Yahweh to the ‘chosen nation’ as Nazis.


Which cross is worthier to serve as the universal historical symbol of vileness, cruelty and crime?


The Christian cross
The Christian cross

Both of them have deserved it

None of the two has deserved it

Therefore, I think that the current ruler of Germany, who is persecuting the carriers of swastika as the religious symbol of the minorities which are incapable of armed resisting because swastika was also the symbol of Nazis, in this sense does not differ at all from Hitler, who persecuted Jews because some Jewish bankers had sabotaged financing of Germany’s army during the First world war.

Thus, resistance to the persecution of swastika is simultaneously resistance to Nazism, which is reviving in the European Union and which apparently is represented also by Angela Merkel. (If Hitler were still alive, perhaps he would be proud of Angela as his heir in the post of Germany’s chancelor.)

It is obvious that by seeking of banning of swastika, the German Christian Democrats intended to continue the historical Christian, and first of all Catholic, traditions of ruthless persecuting other faiths and religions.

Nowadays, such people do not dare to light the fires of the Inquisition again or resort to the historical methods of Jesuits; however, they are still dreaming of how they will bring the ‘pagans’ to gaol, defile centuries-old symbols and burn holy books because swastika was once chosen by the man who lost a world war.

The letter

I have sent three copies of this letter by registered post to Javier Solana, Secretary-General of the European Union, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission and Hans-Gert Poettering, President of the European Parliament with requests to forward it to the institutions over which they are presiding.

Public letter to the Council of the European Union, the European Commission and the European Parliament

Request to stop immediately any considering of banning of swastika and to prevent the revival of the Inquisition in the European Union

The ancient Baltic religion has been persecuted for centuries by Christians and various political authorities. For a long time, the Baltic religious community could not have any formal institutions or even real estate in Lithuania because the country has always been dominated by the Catholic Church, which through its long history was widely known for its intolerance and crimes against other religions.

However, the Baltic faith has survived through centuries of persecutions (though only few people in Lithuania declare themselves its followers formally as there still is a considerable threat of sanctions, such as moral harassment, especially in the countryside and schools). It has survived both as a group religion and as personal faith. The religious symbols of the Baltic religion have been preserved through centuries too; they have also survived in folklore, the ethnic traditions of handicraft.

There are many gods in the Baltic religion; however, in Lithuania many believers prefer Perk?nas to be the principal Lithuanian god. The main symbol of Perk?nas is swastika, (fire cross, ‘ugnies kryzius’ in Lithuanian or ‘uguns krusts’ in Latvian), so swastika is the principal religious symbol of many followers of the ancient Lithuanian faith.

Swastika is the principal symbol of my (Giedrius Šarkanas) faith.

At least formally, I am a citizen of the European Union. I would like to believe that the law of the European Union protects also my basic rights and freedoms.

The right to freedom of mind, conscience and religion is embedded in many legal documents of the European Union. For instance, according to the Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union, ‘everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion’.

Thus, the European Union guarantees me the right to freely follow the faith and religion of my ancestors whatever their symbols would be.

I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the number of Nazis’ crimes certainly has not exceeded the number of historical crimes committed by the Catholic Church. Therefore, by considering the issue of banning swastika without even considering banning the Christian cross, the European Union evidently discriminates all the faiths and religions that have swastika as their symbol in favour of Christianity, which is dominating the European Union although the law of the European Union prohibits discrimination on the grounds of religion.


I, Giedrius Šarkanas, a citizen of the European Union, ask and claim that the European Union either 1) stop immediately any considering of banning the main symbol of my faith, swastika, as well as any other activity that violates my rights guaranteed by the European Union, or at least 2) consider simultaneously banning both swastika and the Christian cross.

The followers of the ancient Baltic faith have for centuries suffered persecutions of Christians, especially the Catholic Church.


I ask to stop revival of the traditions of the Inquisition and Jesuitism in the European Union, which closely resembles the revival of the Catholic Church‘s historical traditions of persecuting Jews that took place in the Nazi Germany.

Kind regards,

Giedrius Šarkanas

Vilnius, Lithuania,
1st February, 2007


The responses from all the places were formal and practically coincided.

They argued that 1) there was little possibility that the proposal to banish swastika could get the necessary aproval of all the members of the European Union and 2)at that time Germany had already given up this initiative.


There is no real danger yet that swastika could be banned in the EU as it is the case in Germany.

However, it is clear that non-banishment of swastika is considered as a kind of favor that Christians do to the so-called ‘pagans’. In other words, Christians, who with every year more and more dominate the EU, do not respect the ancient Lithuanian symbol (and the Lithuanian religion itself).

Therefore, it is likely that in the case of changing of the decision-making rules in the EU, the Cross of Perkūnas and the whole Lithuanian culture can be put off the EU law as it was the case from the Middle Ages to the very 20 century.

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