Alabama building tries to shake swastika shape

Alabama building tries to shake swastika shape

March 14, 2008

From the ground, the Wesley Acres Methodist retirement home looks like any other building. But fly over in an airplane, and the outline is unmistakable: It’s one big swastika.

Prompted by complaints from a Jewish activist, the agency that owns the government-funded building is planning to alter its shape to disguise the Nazi symbol. The move comes just a few years after a $1 million design modification meant to quiet similar complaints from a U.S. senator.

“The difficulty is there are a limited number of options for fixing a building that has been there for some time,” said Mike Giles, counsel for the Methodist Homes Corp. of Alabama and Northwest Florida. “We have to come up with a way to fix an appearance that we want solved and not hurt our residents.”

Wesley Acres provides government-subsidized housing for 117 low-income people ages 62 and above. Most have no reason to suspect their hallways take on a twisted shape.

The one-story building, designed in the mid-1970s and completed in 1980, underwent a $1 million alteration in 2001 with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development following complaints by Democratic Sen. Howell Heflin, who has since died. But the addition of two wings did little to hide the offensive shape, and in some ways accentuates it.

Options for the new renovations include the addition of covered porches or other outdoor areas.

The latest push to rid the landscape of the broken cross shape follows complaints from Avrahaum Segol, the same Israeli-American researcher who last fall helped publicize a swastika-shaped barracks at Naval Base Coronado in San Diego. The Navy said it would spend about $600,000 to alter the building, which opened in the 1960s, but the work has not yet been done.

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The folks that are trying to spend the tax payer money need to really understand the origination of the swasticka symbol. The orgin of this ancient symbol is from Hindu and Buddhist faiths.
The buildings are the symbol of “PEACE” according to the Hindu and Buddhist faiths. The Nazi Party perverted it and reversed the symbol to mean “WAR” during WWII. Minor changes to the design can change it back to the original symbol of Peace. As that is what this symbol really represents and means to the Buddhist and Hindu faiths. Moreover, all people need to be educated properly before hating a symbol that they only understand was from WWII as the Nazi Party perverted this holy symbol. Believe it or Not!

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