This afternoon the California State Assembly passed AB.2282, taking a historic step and leading the nation as the first state legislative body to legally recognize the difference between the swastika and the Nazi emblem, the hakenkreuz.

HAF’s Fremont-based Managing Director, Samir Kalra, Esq., stated “HAF and Assemblywoman Bauer-Kahan both recognize that the passage of AB.2282, as amended, is a significant change that is the first step in reform. We still need to educate the public, media, and law enforcement about the differences between the hateful Nazi hakenkreuz and the peaceful meaning and sacred use of the swastika as has been done for thousands of years in the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain communities.”

“The Hindu American Foundation is excited about this historic step and appreciates the leadership exemplified by Assemblywoman Bauer-Kahan in overhauling the California Penal Code to ensure all Californians are treated equally, regardless of race or religion” said HAF’s California Advocacy Director, Easan Katir.

To learn more about the swastika, read: Swastika: Use And Abuse of a Sacred Symbol, which HAF created in collaboration with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington (ICMW)