[ANSTHRLD] FW: Real world Heraldic Emergency

radei at moscowmail.com radei at moscowmail.com
Sun Dec 16 09:36:11 PST 2007

this is a typical example of Bigotry founded of Ignorance being pandered to in the name of "Political Correctness".

The complaint should have met with instruction as to the nature of the meaning of the charge.  In many countries the Insignia of the Armed Forces may only be changed by Law<Parliment, Congress, the Royal Person, of the Royal Herald>.  I am suprised Sweden is not one of them.

BCC: To those I feel may have interest in this subject.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Robert Fitzmorgan" <fitzmorgan at gmail.com>
> To: heralds <heralds at lists.ansteorra.org>
> Subject: [ANSTHRLD] FW: Real world Heraldic Emergency
> Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 16:40:12 -0600
> Army castrates heraldic lion
> Published: 13 Dec 07 12:34 CET
> Online: http://www.thelocal.se/9398/
> Protests from female soldiers have led to the Swedish military removing the
> penis of a heraldic lion depicted on the Nordic Battlegroup's coat of arms.
> The armed forces agreed to emasculate the lion after a group of women from
> the rapid reaction force lodged a complaint to the European Court of
> Justice, Göteborgs-Posten reports.
> But although the army was eventually happy to make the changes in the
> interests of gender equality, the artist who designed the insignia was less
> than pleased.
> "A heraldic lion is a powerful and stately figure with its genitalia intact
> and I cannot approve an edited image," Vladimir A Sagerlund from the
> National Archives told Göteborgs-Posten.
> Sagerlund blasted the army for making changes to the coat of arms without
> his permission.
> "The army lacks knowledge about heraldry. Once upon a time coats of arms
> containing lions without genitalia were given to those who betrayed the
> Crown," said Sagerlund.
> But the castrated lion has already won the day and is now worn on the arms
> of all soldiers in the battle group's Swedish battalions.
> "We were given the task of making sure the willy disappeared," Christian
> Braunstein from the army's 'tradition commission' told Göteborgs-Posten.
> "We were forced to cut the lion's willy off with the aid of a computer," he
> added.
> The Nordic Battlegroup is one of eighteen such military groups in the
> European Union. Some 2,000 of its 2,400 soldiers come from Sweden, with the
> rest coming from Finland, Norway, Ireland and Estonia.
> --


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