Christian School Shreds $20,000 in Literature Over ‘Satanic’ Peace Sign
The Dutch daily newspaper Trouw reported this week that for years, the Pieter Zandt Protestant reformatory school has allowed students a say in creating a “diary” that includes a calendar, tips, jokes and Bible scripture. But the strict school does not allow any items that are considered to be debauchery — like pop music, movie stars, fashion and cartoons.
But this year’s project went awry when parents began to complain that one of the students on the cover of the diary was wearing a T-shirt with a peace symbol, which they considered to be linked to the “Antichrist.”
School board chairman Johan Van Puten looked into the history of the peace sign and found that some conservatives and fundamentalist Christians in the 1970s had claimed that it was an anti-Christian symbol.
According to a translation provided by Dutch News, Van Puten told Trouw that “[t]he conviction of the parents that the symbol was unacceptable was so strong that I knew a rigorous approach was the only solution.”
In a letter to the parents of all 3,000 students, Van Puten asked for all of the diaries to be returned so that they could be destroyed.
“This is the Nero cross that stood in Roman times for the prosecution, torture and killing of Christians,” the school board chairman wrote. “Even this symbol in our time been associated with occultism.”
In fact, the peace symbol was created in 1958 by British artist Gerald Holtom as a campaign against nuclear war.