The “Peace” Symbol—but whose “peace”?

By Al Benson Jr.

Back during the Viet Nam era college students and other brainwashed and “useful idiots” were noted for carrying or wearing images of the infamous “peace” symbol. We were told the symbol represented “peace and love.” Whose “peace”? Seeing that it was those on the political and theological left that touted this symbol I think that is a fair question. Hippies, Yippies, communists and others wore this symbol on their jeans, shoes, shirts, and painted it on their faces on some occasions. Having done a bit of reading on the occult origins of this symbol I once talked to a college student who was a Mennonite and explained some of this to him. His naïve comment was “Well, I don’t think it means that anymore.” How, in his infinite wisdom he was able to ferret out that deep truth I have no idea—but then many college students seem to be much more brilliant than the rest of the common herd. At least in their own minds they are. How do I know that? One told me once, quite explicitly.

After we surrendered “with honor” in Viet Nam the “peace” symbol seemed to disappear but I have noticed of late that it seems to be making somewhat of a comeback and I see it all over clothing, book covers, etc. Of course having a Marxist in the White House probably doesn’t hurt the re-emergence of this symbol. I am sure Mr. Obama would heartily endorse it.

My concern is that people so casually endorse it without realizing its origins. Even Christian young folks seem to have no problem with it. And I ask the question again—whose “peace” does it promote? Christian peace? I think not.

Dr. Richard Swier, writing on  noted in an article published on June 12, 2011 that: “When I walk through the local mall I see clothing, jewelry and patches featuring the peace symbol…When driving down the road I see cars with a peace symbol proudly displayed on a bumper or rear windshield. I often wonder if those displaying the symbol truly understand its meaning.” No doctor, the majority of them probably don’t, but they have been told that by displaying it they are doing their bit for world peace and so it’s their way of putting their two cents worth in on a subject they really know nothing about but think they do. We would all like to see peace. However we live in the real world, full of sinful people who do horrible things and we live in a world where some governments seek absolute power over their people,  a situation that is becoming more and more evident in this country. There will be no peace under such conditions.

Dr. Swier continued: “The peace symbol dates back to ancient times. The fifth and final Roman emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, Nero, (born Lucius Domitius Ahenabarbus 37-68 AD) is remembered in history for persecuting Christians. Nero’s rule was so wicked he even had his mother executed. The First Roman-Jewish War (66-70 AD) started during his reign and today the term ‘Nero Cross’ (today’s peace symbol) is the symbol of the ‘broken Jew’ or ‘broken cross.” Dr. Swier noted that the “Nero Cross” or the inverted “Latin Cross” was used by anti-Christian and satanic groups to symbolize all that is the opposite of Christianity. The broken cross, turned upside down, with the arms broken is used that way to deny the power of the cross and the truth that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for the sins of the world.

I have not given you all of Dr. Swier’s commentary, but enough that you know the origins of this symbol. And he is not alone in this assessment.

An article on for December 10, 2009 noted: “A popular, but false explanation of the peace symbol’s origin is that Gerald Herbert Holtom created it in 1958 to represent the nuclear disarmament movement. Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), a philosopher, staunch anti-Christian, and nuclear disarmament backer supported Holtom’s claim. Russell was well aware of the symbol’s long history prior to Holtom. The symbol was used by Hitler’s 3rd Panzer Division from 1941 to 1945. The symbol can be found on some SS soldiers’ tombstones. But the peace symbol dates way back further than that. It was used as an anti-Christian symbol by the Saracens as early as 711 AD. For the Saracens, the image placed on their shields symbolized the breaking of the Christian cross.” Another site you might check out is which also deals with the “peace” symbol.

It should be evident that this symbol has nothing to do with Christian peace and everything to do, in our day, with anti-Christian, Marxist “peace”—the definition of which is “absence of resistance to Marxism.” So the “peace symbol” as it is used in our day and has been used down through history is really a declaration of spiritual warfare against anything Christian. It is an anti-Christ symbol that should not be tolerated in Christian circles and it should be exposed by Christians for what it really stands for. Unfortunately such will probably not happen because most Christians remain happily clueless.

The “peace” that the supporters of the “peace symbol” want to promote is that of the destruction of Christianity. Only with that will they have “peace.” Unfortunately for them that will never happen, no matter how hard they work for it. The peace of Christ will win in the end, even if we don’t live to see it.