A fraternity member saw it as a threat to the Jewish community and informed the police. The investigation was closed after it became clear to all parties that there was no threat and that the swastika was only meant to symbolize the Hindu-Buddhist belief of prosperity.
“While the student claims his act was not an expression of hatred, the university is referring the matter … for review by its Hate Crimes Unit.”
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The International House, where the “vandalism” was reported. Katie Causey | Hatchet Staff Photographer
Fighting the case of the under-fire student, John Banzhaf, a famed public interest law professor at the George Washington University Law School, told The Daily Caller that the University move can be treated as a violation of free speech and argued:
“It’s like banning the 6-pointed Jewish Star of David because some people might mistake it for the pentagram symbol and human sacrifice, or expelling a student for using the word ‘niggardly’ because other students may mistake it for a racist word and get upset.”
Jews have every reason to hate anything related to the Nazis, but varsities and the US society must realize that the Nazi symbol was different from the swastika in the manner they were or are displayed. A Nazi swastika is tilted at a particular angle and is clearly different from a Hindu-Buddhist swastika. Would they now hate the holy words of shahada just because the Islamic State flags and all jihadi flags sport it?