I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that it's not intentional, but as a history buff I nearly sprayed tea all over my screen this morning when I saw an anti-abortion poster which contained a German Wolfsangel. It's a symbol in wide use by neo-nazis today.
A diary by Sasharusa sent me to a website called "Checkmate, Pro Choicers," a right-wing misinformation Tumblr. The diary was asking for help fighting these guys. I was scrolling through when I saw a particularly hideous poster with a Wolfsangel in the bottom corner.
I found the organization who made the poster, which is calling itself "Abolish Human Abortion." They want to call themselves "abolitionists" and they draw a ton of false parallels between themselves and the Abolition movement active in the early modern United States.
I checked out the group and it seems like all they do is make posters. So I fired up MSPAINT and made one too:
A note: when I say that the other groups using this symbol are Nazis I mean that this symbol was used by both the Netherlands Nazi Party (Nationaal-Socialistische Beweging in Nederland) in the 1930's, and by SS units. The SS was the armed wing of the Nazi party. The ADL's "Hate On Display" page has a section on the Wolfsangel and its use by Neo-Nazis. They point out that the current logo of the Aryan Nations is based on a Wolfsangel.
I doubt, I very seriously doubt, that there is more to this than the fact that conservatives really suck at history. I really want to believe that there's nothing to this at all. But I've spent a lot of time studying white nationalism in the United States and UK. There's a real move towards crypto-fascism and crypt-racism in both the US and the UK.
One of the problems with crypto-fascism is that once you realize the lengths that white nationalists will go to try and get their views accepted by the mainstream, you start seeing Nazis everywhere. Remember when that republican woman said that the marriage equality ban in North Carolina would "protect the caucasian race?"
That's a kind of cryptofascist lie you might find if you went to read white nationalist literature from American Renaissance or Stormfront: The conspiracy theory is that abortion and homosexuality were invented as a way to decrease white births, and thus help destroy "the Caucasian race."
So when you see a fascist symbol being used in an anti-abortion context, you really have to wonder if there isn't something more going on.
There is a piece of evidence which suggests that they don't know anything about symbols. They have a page discussing the significance of the symbol where they fawn over themselves about how awesome and clever they are, just like the Anti-Slavery movement. The self-congratulatory nonsense is strong on this page, so have a barf-bag handy if you're going to read it. At the end, they're trying to get people to embed the symbol on all of their facebook photos. I don't see anything overtly racist in what they're writing other than the idea that women having access to birth control is just as bad as slavery. Leaving THAT pile of crazy to the side, there's no other racist content which might suggest that they're Nazis.
I'm probably wrong. I hope I'm wrong. Dailykos being a fact-based and reality based community, I thought I might throw this out here and see what you folks make of it.
What say you, Kossacks? Am I seeing things?