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Woman finds swastika image on laser pointer

January 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A woman got quite a shock when she turned on a laser pointer for her dog to chase and it displayed an image of a swastika.Shayna Lingel said the pointer was made in China and came with several caps that change the image.

However, one professor at Nazareth College in New York said the symbol on her pointer is not the Nazi symbol, but rather a Buddhist symbol for good luck.

"Considering context, you should not be offended because this is not meant to be a swastika," said Dr. Nevan Fisher of Nazareth College.

"If you're going to be importing that to the United States or to Europe or anyone who has that history, that cultural understanding that that symbol is not about luck, that symbol is about hate and intolerance," said Lingel.

Fisher said you can tell the difference between the symbols because the Buddhist symbol is squared up, while the Nazi symbol is turned on an angle.