I am not a believer nor a advocator of human invented religious ideology and will forever continue to take every opportunity to decry, dispraise and dismiss it as a mentally and socially restricting way to govern a life, community or country. I hold it and the people who follow and put its teachings in to actions to be utterly and completely responsible for the past, present and future deaths, war, diseases and social suppression caused or laid down in its name. I will always maintain and put forward that human invented religious ideology is similar if not the same as human invented fascist ideology. Those similarities are, worship of a central idol or symbol; extortion of money, land or possessions from the population via fear or force; wars or restrictive social planning executed in the name of their ideology or central idol or symbol; unwarranted arrest, imprisonment or death in the name of the ideology; suppression of free speech and death of those who attempt to question the ideology. Invention or exaggerated threats to the country, central idol/symbol or ideology; flawed ideology that is not debatable; withholding or suppression of knowledge; control and dominance in every facet of life possible. I am sure there are more similarities, but the ones listed are the most prominent in my mind at the moment.
In the last seven or six decades the western world has freed itself from the religious leader in each town or city as the main source of influence and education, thus the population is no longer poorly educated and dependent on living their lives by religious leaders or their doctrine. Even though the majority of the west now only pay lip service to their individual religions there is still a general consensus that religion is good, respectful and a valid way to live your life. I have no interest if someone wants to live their life by a religious ideology, just as long as it doesn’t affect my life or my rights to express the way I wish to. That sadly… doesn’t happen, they continuously force their religious morals on the rest of the community or country, they have TV shows banned or edited, continually complain and have a say in what is right and wrong, what you can and can’t say. So, to get my point across to people that religion is a complete load of nonsense with more in common with Adolf Hitler’s ideals than Jesus’s perceived ideals, I wanted to make something that would get that across. I wanted something that would show how I see religion and that wouldn’t need words to explain it. I came up with this:
UPDATE: The Pic above is an Updated version of an earlier and similar work.
I called it the ‘Crucifiedswastika’. To me, it combined both religious and fascist symbology and ideology, as the majority of the western world is Christian I made it a crucifix with the arms of a swastika pointing off clockwise around it. I will be making others for different religions. I was happy with it ’till I found out it had already been done to some degree by a ‘Dadaist’ anti-Nazi called John Heartfield, hence the title of this blog. Before I continue let me explain what “DaDa” is. Dada was a cultural movement in the early nineteen hundreds in response to the Capitalists society at the time that was heading to war, the Dadaists used visual arts, or as they called it “anti-art”, literature and theatre to protest. John Heartfield was an active member of this, and no one felt his wrath more than Hitler! Which brings me to his photomontage that beat me to it sixty years before.
The above picture of Heartfield’s is titled ‘The cross was not heavy enough’. I think Heartfield was aiming for something different from what I was. I can’t find an explanation to this picture as there is none on Heartfield’s site. I think he was appealing to the christians love for Jesus and not to let Hitler put anymore of humanity’s sins on his shoulders.
Hertfield’s second offering has an explanation. The picture is of a Protestant pastor called Dr. Ludwig Muller (the prominent man in the picture) who called for the Nazification of the church, in Germany I assume. I like the comment that came with this picture “As long as you are born again in to the right religion, you have nothing to fear.”
So all in all myself and Heartfield ended up with the same sort of symbol but with a different idea of what it was to represent. A little like the religious factions in the world today. There’s a little difference though, I’m not going to kill Heartfield or anyone else who uses the same image to convay a different idea.
So do you think it would be worth putting on a shirt with no explanation? Or do you think I’m just asking for trouble? A few people who have seen the image have thought it was a swastika, I can see how people would think that, but I think only one person has ever got it right. Maybe I should have it accompanied with the caption “Don’t do Religion kids… It’ll fuck you up worse than drugs!” Or “Religion kills!” Then again what about “Religion and Fascism are one and the same!”. I know you may think it is silly to do this but it’s the only way to get this kind of message across, most people will not sit down and read a blog like this nor will think when they see the symbol by itself. The symbol needs to be accompanied by something that will explain what it is and what it means. I don’t want people to get the wrong idea, if I do that then it’s all pointless. My aim is not really to shock it’s to educate and get people thinking! That’s been one of my primary aims while blogging and in real life. So suggestions please.
Also… tell me what you thought the ‘crucifixswstika’ (my picture not Heartfield’s) was and what you thought it represented when you first saw it. Here’s a link to John Heartfield’s site