25 September 2014

"Emblems of belief" approved for use on U.S. government headstones




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  1. The Sandhill Crane Emblem is related to a same sex couple from Oregon. I thought it kind of interesting as the story makes it seem that the symbol was more personal than institutional.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2013/07/coming_to_va_cemetery_headston.html

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  2. Where is the Flying Spaghetti Monster? This is an outrage.

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  3. Did you notice the copyright claim on the bottom? Someone has a copyright on the icon of a major world faith? How is that possible?

    Can you imagine if somehow the Vatican managed to get a copyright on the cross symbol?

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  4. The copyright is interesting, indeed. Of course, also missing (from this list and from our country) is the Jedi Order emblem. It's growing as a "religion."

    I was happy to see the Atheist symbol on there. Kinda cool. But doesn't make me want my corpse to be buried just so I can have a headstone for a grave. Maybe for a plaque....

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    1. I was glad to see an Atheist symbol too.

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  5. The copyright issue regarding these symbols was discussed in a Metafilter thread in 2007:

    http://ask.metafilter.com/61243/Did-they-have-copyright-in-629

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  6. An atheist needs no symbol. I'm not a member of a quasi religion, I'm just not religious.

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  7. I wonder about this. What's the purpose of having a set of "approved" symbols? It's someone's grave; shouldn't they be able to put what they please on it? What if they're a member of a belief system that isn't included here?

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  8. loving the Hammer of Thor!

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  9. It is, by the way, the Shield of David. Not the Star of David.

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    1. Is there an important distinction? The Wikipedia entry begins "The Star of David, known in Hebrew as the Shield of David..."

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