||Stop government subsidies of the Olympics and fund education about its putrid past.|
French nobleman, Pierre Frèdy, Baron de Coubertin searched for a reason for the French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871). He thought the reason was that the French had not received proper physical education, and sought to improve this. It is said that at the same time, Coubertin hoped that the world could compete in sports, rather than in war.
The irony in all of the above (especially for France) only grew in the years that followed through WWI and during the Olympic games in Berlin in 1936, and in WWII.
At the 1936 Olympic games in Germany the so called "Greco-Roman" salute caused controversy and reinforced the "Roman salute" myth. The controversy involved athletes who did not want to perform the Olympic salute upon entering the stadium because it would be misunderstood as a salute to Hitler, who was present.
Among others, the French athletes gave the salute in 1936. A few years later the National Socialist German Workers' Party invaded France and occupied Paris.
Probably every article ever written about the "Olympic salute" was reviewed in research for this article. In every article there was no author who knew that the straight-arm salute was the prevailing salute for the pledge of allegiance in the USA and had been since 1892, and there was no author who knew of the historic discovery (by the journalist Rex Curry) that the pledge of allegiance was the origin of the Olympic salute and the salute of the National Socialist German Workers' Party.
Francis Bellamy created the pledge of allegiance and its straight-arm salute, misnamed the "Roman" salute. Bellamy admired ancient Rome and its militarism. He grew up in the city of Rome in New York, where he and his neighbors were known as “Romans.” He was educated in the Rome Academy there. To this very day, the school banner contains two fasces (axes through the middle of wood with binding).
The fasces actually was a symbol of government authority in ancient Rome. The straight-arm salute was not. The fasces is common symbolism on government coins and emblems still today.
Francis Bellamy was the cousin and cohort of Edward Bellamy, author of the international bestseller "Looking Backward." Both Bellamys admired ancient Rome, and its militarism and they promoted what they called "military socialism." Edward Bellamy's book was translated into all major languages including Russian, Chinese and German.
The rejection of liberty that the Bellamys inspired led to the socialist Wholecaust (of which the Holocaust was a part): 62 million killed in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; 35 million in the Peoples' Republic of China; 21 million in the National Socialist German Workers' Party. http://rexcurry.net/socialists.html
In the USA, the Bellamys promoted a government takeover of education to produce an "industrial army" (their term). Because of the Bellamy dogma, segregation became institutionalized by government in its schools and racism was taught as official policy. During that time children in government-schools were required by law to salute the flag with the straight-armed salute in military formation daily on the ring of a government bell, like Pavlov’s lapdogs of the state.
The bizarre practice in the USA served as an example for three decades before it was adopted by the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.
News accounts indicate that the USA's athletes did not use the Olympic salute in 1936. Nevertheless, when Jesse Owens competed in the 1936 Olympics in Germany, his neighbors attended segregated government schools where they saluted the flag with the Nazi salute. As under Nazism, Jehovah's Witnesses and others in the USA were persecuted for refusing to perform the straight-arm salute and robotically chant the pledge. The U.S. practice of official racism and segregation in government schools even outlasted the horrid Nazi Party, into the 1960's and beyond.
Even though the pledge salute has changed, the Olympic salute still exists. The Olympic salute took place on March 13, 2004 in Washington, D.C., during a Hellenic Heritage Achievement and National Public Service Awards Presentation gala sponsored by the Washington-based American Hellenic Institute (AHI).
The first evidence of the "Olympic salute" myth is in an Olympic poster from 1924 when the games were in Paris. http://rexcurry.net/olympic-salute1924.jpg
The 1924 poster shows semi-clothed athletes, a reminder of antiquity, making the Olympic salute. In the background, the flag of the French Republic. In the foreground, palm leaves, symbols of victory.
The next evidence is an Olympic poster for 1936 in Berlin. http://rexcurry.net/olympic-salute1936.jpg
Even today's government growth is inspired by admiration in the size and scope of Greco-Roman government.
Government buildings reflect neo-classical architecture inspired by Greco-Roman archaeology.
The 1936 poster features the Quadriga from the Brandenburg Gate, a landmark of the city of Berlin. In the background is the figure of a wreathed victor, his arm raised in the salute.
In the 1936 poster, the salute is not clear because only part of the arm is shown. There are disputes about whether the Olympic salute differed from the salute of the National Socialist German Workers' Party and the 1936 poster seems designed to obscure the issue, and it added to the debate.
No official poster was made for the first games, the 1896 Olympic Games, in Athens. However, the cover page of the official report is often used to refer to the Games of the I Olympiad and has the inscription "776-1896."
The second modern Olympics were in Paris.
One claim holds that the Olympic salute was used at the 1912 Stockholm games, but no further evidence has been found yet. If that is true then it would be more clear that the Olympic salute predated the Nazi salute and probably helped (with the pledge of allegiance and early films with innacurrate Roman scenes) to influence that adoption of the salute by the Nazi-Sozi.
The first Olympic Games were held in ancient Greece. The Games gradually lost in importance as the Romans gained power in Greece. When Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, the Olympic Games were seen as a "pagan" festival threatening Christian hegemony, and in 393 the emperor Theodosius outlawed the Olympics, ending a thousand year period of Olympic Games. After the modern Olympic revival they have been held every fourth year, with the exception of the years during the World Wars.
swastika was used as
for "Socialism" http://rexcurry.net/book1a1contents-swastika.html
See the Swastika image http://rexcurry.net/swastika3swastika.jpg Swastika photograph
The stiff-arm Nazi salute originated in the USA's Pledge of Allegiance http://rexcurry.net/book1a1contents-pledge.html
View a photograph of the early Pledge of Allegiance and its Nazi salute http://rexcurry.net/pledge-allegiance-pledge-allegiance.jpg
Francis Bellamy, socialist and author of the Pledge and its notorious salute http://rexcurry.net/pledgetragedy.html
Image of straight arm salute from Francis Bellamy http://rexcurry.net/pledge-utah2.jpg Pledge Of Allegiance photograph
Edward Bellamy, socialist and the swastika http://rexcurry.net/theosophy-madame-blavatsky-theosophical-society.html
Image of swastika under Edward Bellamy http://rexcurry.net/swastika3clear.jpg Swastika image
Hear audio on worldwide radio at http://rexcurry.net/audio-rex-curry-podcast-radio.html
Fan Mail http://rexcurry.net/pledge_heart.html