Equivalent evils

September 8, 2017

Jonathan Small

In 2009, as the Oklahoma Legislature was considering a resolution commending a local rock band, a member of that band caused a controversy when he appeared in the gallery wearing a shirt bearing the hammer and sickle emblem of the old Soviet Union. One wonders what would have happened had he worn a shirt bearing the Nazi swastika.

Of course, he would have been shunned, and rightly so, for flaunting the emblem of a hateful and murderous system. As we’ve recently been reminded, that swastika symbol is reviled by all decent people. So what was up with the hammer and sickle, the symbol of an equally vile ideology that killed even more victims than Nazism?

Read the rest over on The Journal Record.