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Post by GunsGerms on Thu 10 Nov 2016, 8:55 am

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Are we in danger of entering poppy overload? Has it not become a bit excessive and garish? I understand the significance and it is understandable that people want to respect war heroes and yes Dave Gallagher the first AB captain did die in world war one. However, do we really need to mix sport with politics?

It seems that every time I turn on the BBC rugby commentary someone is wearing a poppy. I mean there was a time that only vets wore them now all of a sudden everyone wants in on the act.

Thoughts?

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Post by aucklandlaurie on Mon 19 Dec 2016, 3:56 pm

marty2086 wrote:
aucklandlaurie wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
aucklandlaurie wrote:
marty2086 wrote:If Germany, Italy or Japan memorialised their war dead there would be uproar


I see no problem in Germany, Italy or Japan wearing poppies on their jerseys, what uproar?

I never mentioned poppies, I said memorialised that could include a symbol that those in US, UK and ANZAC countries find offensive


You're a bit behind the times Marty, If you ever get to watch the dawn service from Gallipoli each year (25 April) their is a definite  place given by the ANZACS to the Turks in recognition of their fallen. I have never heard about any of  this uproar business before.

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I never said there was uproar I said there would be, just as there is when the Easter Lily is worn in the UK


Well then your problem appears to be more with the UK not the All Blacks wearing a poppy in remembrance of their fallen, to be honest I never knew that Ireland had ever worn the Easter Lily on their jerseys.

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Post by marty2086 on Mon 19 Dec 2016, 3:58 pm

aucklandlaurie wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
aucklandlaurie wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
aucklandlaurie wrote:
marty2086 wrote:If Germany, Italy or Japan memorialised their war dead there would be uproar


I see no problem in Germany, Italy or Japan wearing poppies on their jerseys, what uproar?

I never mentioned poppies, I said memorialised that could include a symbol that those in US, UK and ANZAC countries find offensive


You're a bit behind the times Marty, If you ever get to watch the dawn service from Gallipoli each year (25 April) their is a definite  place given by the ANZACS to the Turks in recognition of their fallen. I have never heard about any of  this uproar business before.

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I never said there was uproar I said there would be, just as there is when the Easter Lily is worn in the UK


Well then your problem appears to be more with the UK not the All Blacks wearing a poppy in remembrance of their fallen, to be honest I never knew that Ireland had ever worn the Easter Lily on their jerseys.

No my problem is engaging with dense fools like yourself Rolling Eyes

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Post by SecretFly on Mon 19 Dec 2016, 11:09 pm

GunsGermsV2 wrote:
SecretFly wrote:Nation States are Political Entities.  If FIFA doesn't want to deal with Nations (flags, anthems, National pride, loyalty, folk memory etc) then I'd suggest they get out of the International Football game.

That's being pedantic in the extreme.

No, it's too close to the point and therefore obviously quickly dismissed.  The Pedantic is the presumed governance of history, thought, emotion and memory by mere sporting organisations biting at more power than is naturally theirs to wield.  So I repeat, I hope the teams that wore the poppy this year, wear it next year and pay the fines again...and again...and again.  
Do FIFA listen to the Anthems?  Why don't they censor some of the wording of Anthems? (They'll probably get around to that proposal in time)  
Do they look at flags?  Do they know some flags are considered offensive to some and that some National flags are even regularly burned by peoples that find them offensive due to past politics and history?  Ban Flags?
And of course fans.  Fans that turn up with poppies - they get banned?  That'd be a popular ruling! Cool

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Post by Guest on Mon 19 Dec 2016, 11:34 pm

SecretFly wrote:
GunsGermsV2 wrote:
SecretFly wrote:Nation States are Political Entities.  If FIFA doesn't want to deal with Nations (flags, anthems, National pride, loyalty, folk memory etc) then I'd suggest they get out of the International Football game.

That's being pedantic in the extreme.

No, it's too close to the point and therefore obviously quickly dismissed.  The Pedantic is the presumed governance of history, thought, emotion and memory by mere sporting organisations biting at more power than is naturally theirs to wield.  So I repeat, I hope the teams that wore the poppy this year, wear it next year and pay the fines again...and again...and again.  
Do FIFA listen to the Anthems?  Why don't they censor some of the wording of Anthems? (They'll probably get around to that proposal in time)  
Do they look at flags?  Do they know some flags are considered offensive to some and that some National flags are even regularly burned by peoples that find them offensive due to past politics and history?  Ban Flags?
And of course fans.  Fans that turn up with poppies - they get banned?  That'd be a popular ruling! Cool

Agree with this, although I wont give you a 'Like', because you've got too many! mad

FIFA should keep their beak out of this one. All who want to wear the Poppy should be free to do so. Why on earth should anyone be offended by it?

England, scotland,Wales and Northern Ireland should refuse to pay the fine. Let them take it to court. Why pay a fine to a corrupt organisation run by a bunch of con men?

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Post by Rugby Fan on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 3:19 am

marty2086 wrote:If Germany, Italy or Japan memorialised their war dead there would be uproar
There is a shrine to Japanese war dead, and it's highly controversial in Asia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controversies_surrounding_Yasukuni_Shrine

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Post by Cyril on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 5:53 am

Considering Ireland's conduct during important conflicts of the 20th century some of these comments are disappointing.

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Post by TJ on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 7:32 am

Of course its a political symbol and over recent years has been hijacked into a symbol of jingoistic nationalism


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Post by GunsGermsV2 on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 9:17 am

Cyril wrote:Considering Ireland's conduct during important conflicts of the 20th century some of these comments are disappointing.

Haha so dramatic.

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Post by GunsGermsV2 on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 9:23 am

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And of course fans.  Fans that turn up with poppies - they get banned?  That'd be a popular ruling! Cool

Agree with this, although I wont give you a 'Like', because you've got too many! mad

FIFA should keep their beak out of this one. All who want to wear the Poppy should be free to do so. Why on earth should anyone be offended by it?

England, scotland,Wales and Northern Ireland should refuse to pay the fine. Let them take it to court. Why pay a fine to a corrupt organisation run by a bunch of con men?

Its not about being offended by it. I have worn poppies myself and also attended 1916 commemorations however, if you allow poppies you will have to allow all political gestures and it has potential to get out of hand such is the reach and power of football.

Also I'm not suggesting people attending the game should or shouldn't wear whatever they want that's a separate discussion. I don't however, think sporting organisations like the FA or IFA or FAI should be promoting political commemorations. Sport should be removed from all that and focus instead on the values that go hand and hand with sport such as inclusion.

As such Im glad the IRFU chose not to have any 1916 imagery on their jerseys etc this year.

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Post by Guest on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 11:12 am

GunsGermsV2 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
And of course fans.  Fans that turn up with poppies - they get banned?  That'd be a popular ruling! Cool

Agree with this, although I wont give you a 'Like', because you've got too many! mad

FIFA should keep their beak out of this one. All who want to wear the Poppy should be free to do so. Why on earth should anyone be offended by it?

England, scotland,Wales and Northern Ireland should refuse to pay the fine. Let them take it to court. Why pay a fine to a corrupt organisation run by a bunch of con men?

Its not about being offended by it. I have worn poppies myself and also attended 1916 commemorations however, if you allow poppies you will have to allow all political gestures and it has potential to get out of hand such is the reach and power of football.

Also I'm not suggesting people attending the game should or shouldn't wear whatever they want that's a separate discussion. I don't however, think sporting organisations like the FA or IFA or FAI should be promoting political commemorations. Sport should be removed from all that and focus instead on the values that go hand and hand with sport such as inclusion.

As such Im glad the IRFU chose not to have any 1916 imagery on their jerseys etc this year.

I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace. It should be a symbol that reflects the horror of war on all sides.
Even if the poppy was a political symbol, it cannot mean that allowing a commemoration at a sports event means all political symbols must be allowed. Allowing a commemoration shouldn't mean allowing the Nazi Swastika, for example. They symbolise very different things. One is a clear cause of offence, the other shouldn't offend anyone.

Some groups may want to promote the poppy for their own political agenda's, and those groups should not be allowed to succeed in making these commemorations a politically/socially divisive issue. A bit late to prevent it happening, I know, but not to late to reinforce the original message of the poppy. On the other side; there will be those who would like to abolish the use of the poppy altogether, and they will have their own political agenda's.

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Post by marty2086 on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 11:36 am

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I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

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Post by GunsGermsV2 on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 11:44 am

That's what poppies mean to you and something similar to me but not necessarily what the image means to everyone. The Nazi swastika wasn't a clear cause of offence to Nazi's obviously and there are lots of people across the world with ideologies that you and I wouldnt subscribe to or may find offensive that they wouldn't find offensive at all. You only get to decide what offends you not others. One mans pride is another mans scorn.

The best policy is to remove all political gestures or commemorations as they have very little to do with sport anyway.

I don't advocate banning poppies from public life at an individual level or organised events etc. Each to their own. I just don't think sporting organisations are the most appropriate medium for promoting them.


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Post by marty2086 on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 11:49 am

GunsGermsV2 wrote:That's what poppies mean to you and something similar to me but not necessarily what the image means to everyone. The Nazi swastika wasn't a clear cause of offence to Nazi's obviously and there are lots of people across the world with ideologies that you and I wouldnt subscribe to or may find offensive that they wouldn't find offensive at all. One mans pride is another mans scorn.

The best policy is to remove all political gestures or commemorations as they have very little to do with sport anyway.

I don't advocate banning poppies from public life. Each to their own. I just don't think sporting organisations are the most appropriate medium for promoting them.

Exactly, sport is meant to be inclusive and the fact that the FA and other bodies allow the rituals at games is in bad taste. There are plenty of public memorials and services for everybody to take part in if they wish but to do it at a sporting event is in bad taste as plenty of people like myself are against such demonstrations because of the way they glorify war and murder and are used as a PR stunt to glorify modern conflicts, yet if we go to a sporting event we are meant to stay silent on something we find sickening?

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Post by Guest on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 11:50 am

marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 11:54 am

It's more a symbol of the sacrifices of the armed forces.

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Post by marty2086 on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 11:54 am

Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

Ill call you what I want especially when the shoe fits, you are creating a narrative that exists nowhere but when you wrote it here

If it was anything to do with peace you would not see the military and political brass who send men to war anywhere near it or the memorials and you wouldnt hear those its meant to represent called heroes you would hear them called victims, you dont like being called a liar well dont lie

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Post by Guest on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 11:59 am

GunsGermsV2 wrote:That's what poppies mean to you and something similar to me but not necessarily what the image means to everyone. The Nazi swastika wasn't a clear cause of offence to Nazi's obviously and there are lots of people across the world with ideologies that you and I wouldnt subscribe to or may find offensive that they wouldn't find offensive at all. You only get to decide what offends you not others. One mans pride is another mans scorn.

The best policy is to remove all political gestures or commemorations as they have very little to do with sport anyway.

I don't advocate banning poppies from public life at an individual level. Each to their own. I just don't think sporting organisations are the most appropriate medium for promoting them.

So, because the Swastika doesn't offend certain far right groups, or the SS before them, you think it should be acceptable? It isn't about the appeasement of all, because warped ideology should not be appeased.

No, I don't only get to decide what offends me. I will tell you, or anyone else, that they should be offended by symbols that stand for genocide, and extermination of people groups. I will speak out against a clear evil.

Sorry, Guns, I'm just not into all the PC horse dung that stretches to the extent of accommodating evil, and I would happily be scorned by those who think otherwise.

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Post by Guest on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 12:03 pm

marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

Ill call you what I want especially when the shoe fits, you are creating a narrative that exists nowhere but when you wrote it here

If it was anything to do with peace you would not see the military and political brass who send men to war anywhere near it or the memorials and you wouldnt hear those its meant to represent called heroes you would hear them called victims, you dont like being called a liar well dont lie

The military are there to represent the military that had lost there lives. Thought that much was obvious.

Yeah, you can call me what you want behind the safety of your keyboard. Fair enough. It does show that this issue is really a very emotive one for you though......

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Post by GunsGermsV2 on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 12:07 pm

Munchkin wrote:

So, because the Swastika doesn't offend certain far right groups, or the SS before them, you think it should be acceptable? It isn't about the appeasement of all, because warped ideology should not be appeased.

No, I don't only get to decide what offends me. I will tell you, or anyone else, that they should be offended by symbols that stand for genocide, and extermination of people groups. I will speak out against a clear evil.

Sorry, Guns, I'm just not into all the PC horse dung that stretches to the extent of accommodating evil, and I would happily be scorned by those who think otherwise.

Swastikas are an extreme example that you brought up and are prohibited by law in some jurisdictions anyway. The point is sport isnt an appropriate medium for political gestures or war memorials because sport should be about inclusion and inevitably said gestures aren't all inclusive and they don't have anything to do with sport anyway.

The reality is that you cannot decide what other people chose to get offended by as that isn't your choice no matter how much you beat your chest and stamp your foot about it.

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Post by TJ on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 12:10 pm

The red poppy is purely a symbol of remembrance for UK and commonwealth forces. Not for all dead of all wars. Its nothing to do with peace. Its nothing to do with any other dead. Not civilians, not other forces. Not even US or French

Over the years it has been hijacked to become a symbol of jingoisitc nationalism and anyone not wearing one gets accused of being a traitor. Many ex servicemen refuse to wear one because of the way its been hijacked. How can Blair wear one? He is responsible for many many deaths.


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Post by Guest on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 12:17 pm

GunsGermsV2 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:

So, because the Swastika doesn't offend certain far right groups, or the SS before them, you think it should be acceptable? It isn't about the appeasement of all, because warped ideology should not be appeased.

No, I don't only get to decide what offends me. I will tell you, or anyone else, that they should be offended by symbols that stand for genocide, and extermination of people groups. I will speak out against a clear evil.

Sorry, Guns, I'm just not into all the PC horse dung that stretches to the extent of accommodating evil, and I would happily be scorned by those who think otherwise.

Swastikas are an extreme example that you brought up. The point is sport isnt an appropriate medium for political gestures or war memorials because sport should be about inclusion and inevitably said gestures aren't all inclusive and they don't have anything to do with sport anyway.

The reality is that you cannot decide what other people chose to get offended by as that isn't your choice no matter how much you beat your chest and stamp you foot about it.

Yes, I used the example for that very reason, GG. You said allowing the poppy should mean allowing all symbols. Now you perhaps see that you are wrong?

No, I don't get to decide what others are offended by, but I do get to decide how I react to that offence.

Some people are probably offended by the poppy because, in their minds, it represents an oppressive imperial power. They don't know the history of the poppy if that is what they think, but I can understand why they think the way they do. Now, I won't stop wearing the poppy to appease them. What I will do is try to reason with them why I think they are wrong, and explain what wearing a poppy means to me.

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Post by GunsGermsV2 on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 12:35 pm

Munchkin wrote:

Yes, I used the example for that very reason, GG. You said  allowing the poppy should mean allowing all symbols. Now you perhaps see that you are wrong?

No, I don't get to decide what others are offended by, but I do get to decide how I react to that offence.

Some people are probably offended by the poppy because, in their minds, it represents an oppressive imperial power. They don't know the history of the poppy if that is what they think, but I can understand why they think the way they do. Now, I won't stop wearing the poppy to appease them. What I will do is try to reason with them why I think they are wrong, and explain what wearing a poppy means to me.

Obviously you cant use any symbols that are illegal. You are being a little daft now if you are claiming I meant breaking the law.

No one is saying you shouldn't wear it the debate is around whether sporting organisations should be promoting it on the international stage. Two very different discussions.


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Post by Guest on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 12:56 pm

GunsGermsV2 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:

Yes, I used the example for that very reason, GG. You said  allowing the poppy should mean allowing all symbols. Now you perhaps see that you are wrong?

No, I don't get to decide what others are offended by, but I do get to decide how I react to that offence.

Some people are probably offended by the poppy because, in their minds, it represents an oppressive imperial power. They don't know the history of the poppy if that is what they think, but I can understand why they think the way they do. Now, I won't stop wearing the poppy to appease them. What I will do is try to reason with them why I think they are wrong, and explain what wearing a poppy means to me.

Obviously you cant use any symbols that are illegal. You are being a little daft now if you are claiming I meant breaking the law.

No one is saying you shouldn't wear it the debate is around whether sporting organisations should be promoting it on the international stage. Two very different discussions.


You're trying to wriggle out of it. The Swastika obviously wasn't illegal in Nazi Germany. And why would it matter if the symbol was illegal? What might be illegal in one country, may not be illegal in another.

It was you who claimed that if the poppy is to be allowed then all sybols should be allowed. You didn't offer any caveat of legality. Not that I believe the Swastika is illegal everywhere.

They can be two very different discussions, but not necessarily so. I get your point though, and I would agree with it if I though there was a valid argument against sports people wearing the poppy during the commemoration period. I simply don't understand why it should offend anyone.

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Post by marty2086 on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 1:07 pm

Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

Ill call you what I want especially when the shoe fits, you are creating a narrative that exists nowhere but when you wrote it here

If it was anything to do with peace you would not see the military and political brass who send men to war anywhere near it or the memorials and you wouldnt hear those its meant to represent called heroes you would hear them called victims, you dont like being called a liar well dont lie

The military are there to represent the military that had lost there lives. Thought that much was obvious.

Yeah, you can call me what you want behind the safety of your keyboard. Fair enough. It does show that this issue is really a very emotive one for you though......

Well considering you felt able to lie from behind the safety of yours Id say the same

I never said they were weren't there to represent the military but you cant have them mourning the horrors of war then turn round and continue one

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Post by Sin é on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 1:13 pm

Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

The white poppy is the symbol of peace, not the red which is basically used as a fund raiser for the Royal British Legion.
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marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

Ill call you what I want especially when the shoe fits, you are creating a narrative that exists nowhere but when you wrote it here

If it was anything to do with peace you would not see the military and political brass who send men to war anywhere near it or the memorials and you wouldnt hear those its meant to represent called heroes you would hear them called victims, you dont like being called a liar well dont lie

The military are there to represent the military that had lost there lives. Thought that much was obvious.

Yeah, you can call me what you want behind the safety of your keyboard. Fair enough. It does show that this issue is really a very emotive one for you though......

Well considering you felt able to lie from behind the safety of yours Id say the same

I never said they were weren't there to represent the military but you cant have them mourning the horrors of war then turn round and continue one

It's all in your head, marty.

If you can't understand that as I view the poppy as a symbol of the horrors of war, then I also view it as a symbol of peace, then you simply can't follow logic. You can, and I'm sure you do understand.

Calling someone a liar behind the safety of a keyboard is very different to lying behind a keyboard, but nice try.

GG views the wearing of a poppy very much as I do. Is he also a liar?

Anyway, let it go, marty. There's no point in falling out over a poppy. Maybe especially a poppy Smile


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Post by Guest on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 1:15 pm

Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

The white poppy is the symbol of peace, not the red which is basically used as a fund raiser for the Royal British Legion.

I know about the white poppy. The reason most people wear the red poppy is not to raise money for the RBL.

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Post by Sin é on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 1:20 pm

Munchkin wrote:
Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

The white poppy is the symbol of peace, not the red which is basically used as a fund raiser for the Royal British Legion.

I know about the white poppy. The reason people wear the red poppy is not to raise money for the RBL.

The history of the white poppy will tell you more about the red poppy and what it represents than any spin coming from the RBL.

The White Poppy was first introduced by the Women's Co-operative Guild in 1933 and was intended as a lasting symbol for peace and an end to all wars.

Worn on Armistice Day, now Remembrance Sunday, the White Poppy was produced by the Co-operative Wholesale Society because the Royal British Legion had refused to be associated with its manufacture.

While the White Poppy was never intended to offend the memory of those who died in the Great War, many veterans felt that its significance undermined their contribution and the lasting meaning of the red poppy*. Such was the seriousness of this issue that some women lost their jobs in the 1930s for wearing white poppies. The White Poppy Appeal is now run by the Peace Pledge Union.

*The Red Poppy actually attempts to glorify war.
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Post by Guest on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 1:22 pm

Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

The white poppy is the symbol of peace, not the red which is basically used as a fund raiser for the Royal British Legion.

I know about the white poppy. The reason people wear the red poppy is not to raise money for the RBL.

The history of the white poppy will tell you more about the red poppy and what it represents than any spin coming from the RBL.

The White Poppy was first introduced by the Women's Co-operative Guild in 1933 and was intended as a lasting symbol for peace and an end to all wars.

Worn on Armistice Day, now Remembrance Sunday, the White Poppy was produced by the Co-operative Wholesale Society because the Royal British Legion had refused to be associated with its manufacture.

While the White Poppy was never intended to offend the memory of those who died in the Great War, many veterans felt that its significance undermined their contribution and the lasting meaning of the red poppy*. Such was the seriousness of this issue that some women lost their jobs in the 1930s for wearing white poppies. The White Poppy Appeal is now run by the Peace Pledge Union.

*The Red Poppy actually attempt to glorify war.

No, that's your own spin on it, and if you knew anything about the origins of the red poppy you would know this.

Oh, and the origins started with women.

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Post by Sin é on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 1:29 pm

Munchkin wrote:
Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

The white poppy is the symbol of peace, not the red which is basically used as a fund raiser for the Royal British Legion.

I know about the white poppy. The reason people wear the red poppy is not to raise money for the RBL.

The history of the white poppy will tell you more about the red poppy and what it represents than any spin coming from the RBL.

The White Poppy was first introduced by the Women's Co-operative Guild in 1933 and was intended as a lasting symbol for peace and an end to all wars.

Worn on Armistice Day, now Remembrance Sunday, the White Poppy was produced by the Co-operative Wholesale Society because the Royal British Legion had refused to be associated with its manufacture.

While the White Poppy was never intended to offend the memory of those who died in the Great War, many veterans felt that its significance undermined their contribution and the lasting meaning of the red poppy*. Such was the seriousness of this issue that some women lost their jobs in the 1930s for wearing white poppies. The White Poppy Appeal is now run by the Peace Pledge Union.

*The Red Poppy actually attempt to glorify war.

No, that's your own spin on it, and if you knew anything about the origins of the red poppy you would know this.

Oh, and the origins started with women.

Thats the BBC's spin on it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/remembrance/how/poppy.shtml

The red poppy was originally used by a French woman in 1918 to help raise funds in the US for French children orphaned by the war. The idea was adopted by the RBL to raise funds for veterans in the UK.
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Post by Guest on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 2:01 pm

Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

The white poppy is the symbol of peace, not the red which is basically used as a fund raiser for the Royal British Legion.

I know about the white poppy. The reason people wear the red poppy is not to raise money for the RBL.

The history of the white poppy will tell you more about the red poppy and what it represents than any spin coming from the RBL.

The White Poppy was first introduced by the Women's Co-operative Guild in 1933 and was intended as a lasting symbol for peace and an end to all wars.

Worn on Armistice Day, now Remembrance Sunday, the White Poppy was produced by the Co-operative Wholesale Society because the Royal British Legion had refused to be associated with its manufacture.

While the White Poppy was never intended to offend the memory of those who died in the Great War, many veterans felt that its significance undermined their contribution and the lasting meaning of the red poppy*. Such was the seriousness of this issue that some women lost their jobs in the 1930s for wearing white poppies. The White Poppy Appeal is now run by the Peace Pledge Union.

*The Red Poppy actually attempt to glorify war.

No, that's your own spin on it, and if you knew anything about the origins of the red poppy you would know this.

Oh, and the origins started with women.

Thats the BBC's spin on it:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/remembrance/how/poppy.shtml

The red poppy was originally used by a French woman in 1918 to help raise funds in the US for French children orphaned by the war. The idea was adopted by the RBL to raise funds for veterans in the UK.

The origin actually goes back to 'In Flanders Field', and then to a woman in the US, before the lady in France took it to help the war orphaned. Nothing about the "glory of war" in that. To suggest such is to totally miss the meaning of the poppy.

True, that the RBL use the poppy to raise funds, and rightly so, but that isn't why people wear the poppy. That's missing the point.

You mentioned about war veterans not wearing the poppy, but you miss some of the context. Some war veterans stopped wearing the poppy because the horror of war was being forgot. When I look at the poppy, I don't see a symbol glorifying war. I see a symbol which reminds us why war should be avoided, and peace worked at above all else. If I truly believed that the poppy was about nationalism, or that it glorified war in any way, I would not support sports players commemorating the event each year.

At the same time, I fully support those who refuse to wear the poppy, for what ever reason they may have. I also completely understand GG's point, but as long as I believe the symbol represents the horror of war, I will support its commemoration in sports. That could well change in the future if I think the meaning has changed in a universal sense.

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Post by aucklandlaurie on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 2:13 pm

Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

The white poppy is the symbol of peace, not the red which is basically used as a fund raiser for the Royal British Legion.


Didnt know the All Blacks/NZRU. were raising funds for the Royal British Legion.

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Post by Sin é on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 2:55 pm

aucklandlaurie wrote:
Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

The white poppy is the symbol of peace, not the red which is basically used as a fund raiser for the Royal British Legion.


Didnt know the All Blacks/NZRU. were raising funds for the Royal British Legion.

According to the BBC it is (read that link I supplied).
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Post by Sin é on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 2:57 pm

Munchkin wrote:
Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

The white poppy is the symbol of peace, not the red which is basically used as a fund raiser for the Royal British Legion.

I know about the white poppy. The reason people wear the red poppy is not to raise money for the RBL.

The history of the white poppy will tell you more about the red poppy and what it represents than any spin coming from the RBL.

The White Poppy was first introduced by the Women's Co-operative Guild in 1933 and was intended as a lasting symbol for peace and an end to all wars.

Worn on Armistice Day, now Remembrance Sunday, the White Poppy was produced by the Co-operative Wholesale Society because the Royal British Legion had refused to be associated with its manufacture.

While the White Poppy was never intended to offend the memory of those who died in the Great War, many veterans felt that its significance undermined their contribution and the lasting meaning of the red poppy*. Such was the seriousness of this issue that some women lost their jobs in the 1930s for wearing white poppies. The White Poppy Appeal is now run by the Peace Pledge Union.

*The Red Poppy actually attempt to glorify war.

No, that's your own spin on it, and if you knew anything about the origins of the red poppy you would know this.

Oh, and the origins started with women.

Thats the BBC's spin on it:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/remembrance/how/poppy.shtml

The red poppy was originally used by a French woman in 1918 to help raise funds in the US for French children orphaned by the war. The idea was adopted by the RBL to raise funds for veterans in the UK.

The origin actually goes back to 'In Flanders Field', and then to a woman in the US, before the lady in France took it to help the war orphaned. Nothing about the "glory of war" in that. To suggest such is to totally miss the meaning of the poppy.

True, that the RBL use the poppy to raise funds, and rightly so, but that isn't why people wear the poppy. That's missing the point.

You mentioned about war veterans not wearing the poppy, but you miss some of the context. Some war veterans stopped wearing the poppy because the horror of war was being forgot. When I look at the poppy, I don't see a symbol glorifying war. I see a symbol which reminds us why war should be avoided, and peace worked at above all else. If I truly believed that the poppy was about nationalism, or that it glorified war in any way, I would not support sports players commemorating the event each year.

At the same time, I fully support those who refuse to wear the poppy, for what ever reason they may have. I also completely understand GG's point, but as long as I believe the symbol represents the horror of war, I will support its commemoration in sports. That could well change in the future if I think the meaning has changed in a universal sense.

The White Poppy people explain it a lot better here than I would.

http://www.ppu.org.uk/whitepoppy/white_briefing.html
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Post by Guest on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 3:10 pm

Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

The white poppy is the symbol of peace, not the red which is basically used as a fund raiser for the Royal British Legion.

I know about the white poppy. The reason people wear the red poppy is not to raise money for the RBL.

The history of the white poppy will tell you more about the red poppy and what it represents than any spin coming from the RBL.

The White Poppy was first introduced by the Women's Co-operative Guild in 1933 and was intended as a lasting symbol for peace and an end to all wars.

Worn on Armistice Day, now Remembrance Sunday, the White Poppy was produced by the Co-operative Wholesale Society because the Royal British Legion had refused to be associated with its manufacture.

While the White Poppy was never intended to offend the memory of those who died in the Great War, many veterans felt that its significance undermined their contribution and the lasting meaning of the red poppy*. Such was the seriousness of this issue that some women lost their jobs in the 1930s for wearing white poppies. The White Poppy Appeal is now run by the Peace Pledge Union.

*The Red Poppy actually attempt to glorify war.

No, that's your own spin on it, and if you knew anything about the origins of the red poppy you would know this.

Oh, and the origins started with women.

Thats the BBC's spin on it:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/remembrance/how/poppy.shtml

The red poppy was originally used by a French woman in 1918 to help raise funds in the US for French children orphaned by the war. The idea was adopted by the RBL to raise funds for veterans in the UK.

The origin actually goes back to 'In Flanders Field', and then to a woman in the US, before the lady in France took it to help the war orphaned. Nothing about the "glory of war" in that. To suggest such is to totally miss the meaning of the poppy.

True, that the RBL use the poppy to raise funds, and rightly so, but that isn't why people wear the poppy. That's missing the point.

You mentioned about war veterans not wearing the poppy, but you miss some of the context. Some war veterans stopped wearing the poppy because the horror of war was being forgot. When I look at the poppy, I don't see a symbol glorifying war. I see a symbol which reminds us why war should be avoided, and peace worked at above all else. If I truly believed that the poppy was about nationalism, or that it glorified war in any way, I would not support sports players commemorating the event each year.

At the same time, I fully support those who refuse to wear the poppy, for what ever reason they may have. I also completely understand GG's point, but as long as I believe the symbol represents the horror of war, I will support its commemoration in sports. That could well change in the future if I think the meaning has changed in a universal sense.

The White Poppy people explain it a lot better here than I would.

http://www.ppu.org.uk/whitepoppy/white_briefing.html

I've read all about the white poppy, and don't believe the white poppy takes anything from the red poppy. Others disagree, or there wouldn't be a white poppy, however, you can be a pacifist and wear a red poppy. I guess it comes down to personal perception of what people believe the red poppy to represent.

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Post by aucklandlaurie on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 3:19 pm

Sin é wrote:
aucklandlaurie wrote:
Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

The white poppy is the symbol of peace, not the red which is basically used as a fund raiser for the Royal British Legion.


Didnt know the All Blacks/NZRU. were raising funds for the Royal British Legion.

According to the BBC it is (read that link I supplied).


Doesnt say that at all.

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Post by Sin é on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 3:50 pm

aucklandlaurie wrote:
Sin é wrote:
aucklandlaurie wrote:
Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

The white poppy is the symbol of peace, not the red which is basically used as a fund raiser for the Royal British Legion.


Didnt know the All Blacks/NZRU. were raising funds for the Royal British Legion.

According to the BBC it is (read that link I supplied).


Doesnt say that at all.

It was adopted by The Royal British Legion as the symbol for their Poppy Appeal, in aid of those serving in the British Armed Forces, after its formation in 1921.
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Post by aucklandlaurie on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 4:21 pm

Sin é wrote:
aucklandlaurie wrote:
Sin é wrote:
aucklandlaurie wrote:
Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

The white poppy is the symbol of peace, not the red which is basically used as a fund raiser for the Royal British Legion.


Didnt know the All Blacks/NZRU. were raising funds for the Royal British Legion.

According to the BBC it is (read that link I supplied).


Doesnt say that at all.

It was adopted by The Royal British Legion as the symbol for their Poppy Appeal, in aid of those serving in the British Armed Forces, after its formation in 1921.

It doesnt mention the All Blacks, it doesnt mention the NZRU, it doesnt mention the All Blacks raising money for the Royal British Legion.
To say that because the Royal British Legion have adopted the red poppy as its symbol for their poppy appeal, it doesnt mean that everyone has. in other words some of us ie New Zealanders, the All Blacks, the NZRU still regard the poppy in the same context as spelt out in the poem "In Flanders Field".

"We shall not sleep though poppies grow in Flanders Field" Need I say more?


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Post by Sin é on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 8:50 pm

aucklandlaurie wrote:
Sin é wrote:
aucklandlaurie wrote:
Sin é wrote:
aucklandlaurie wrote:
Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

The white poppy is the symbol of peace, not the red which is basically used as a fund raiser for the Royal British Legion.


Didnt know the All Blacks/NZRU. were raising funds for the Royal British Legion.

According to the BBC it is (read that link I supplied).


Doesnt say that at all.

It was adopted by The Royal British Legion as the symbol for their Poppy Appeal, in aid of those serving in the British Armed Forces, after its formation in 1921.

It doesnt mention the All Blacks, it doesnt mention the NZRU, it doesnt mention the All Blacks raising money for the Royal British Legion.
To say that because  the Royal British Legion have adopted the red poppy as its symbol for their poppy appeal, it doesnt mean that everyone has. in other words some of us ie New Zealanders, the All Blacks, the NZRU still regard the poppy in the same context as spelt out in the poem "In Flanders Field".

"We shall not sleep though poppies grow in Flanders Field"  Need I say more?


If that meant anything, there would not have been World War II, Invasion of Iraq, bombing of Yemen or Bloody Sunday in Croke Park and Derry.

The Red Poppy is a British Empire/Commonwealth thing. Try not to inflict it on the rest of us.
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Post by marty2086 on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 8:58 pm

Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

Ill call you what I want especially when the shoe fits, you are creating a narrative that exists nowhere but when you wrote it here

If it was anything to do with peace you would not see the military and political brass who send men to war anywhere near it or the memorials and you wouldnt hear those its meant to represent called heroes you would hear them called victims, you dont like being called a liar well dont lie

The military are there to represent the military that had lost there lives. Thought that much was obvious.

Yeah, you can call me what you want behind the safety of your keyboard. Fair enough. It does show that this issue is really a very emotive one for you though......

Well considering you felt able to lie from behind the safety of yours Id say the same

I never said they were weren't there to represent the military but you cant have them mourning the horrors of war then turn round and continue one

It's all in your head, marty.

If you can't understand that as I view the poppy as a symbol of the horrors of war, then I also view it as a symbol of peace, then you simply can't follow logic. You can, and I'm sure you do understand.

Calling someone a liar behind the safety of a keyboard is very different to lying behind a keyboard, but nice try.

GG views the wearing of a poppy very much as I do. Is he also a liar?

Anyway, let it go, marty. There's no point in falling out over a poppy. Maybe especially a poppy Smile

You view the poppy as the symbol of peace woopie for you, makes you a fool rather than a liar then

The poppy is used by the British Legion, which uses its funds for supporting the military thats not not peaceful thats actively supporting those who engage in war. If you think thats peaceful then Id hate to see what you think flies in the face of it.

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Post by Guest on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 9:10 pm

marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

Ill call you what I want especially when the shoe fits, you are creating a narrative that exists nowhere but when you wrote it here

If it was anything to do with peace you would not see the military and political brass who send men to war anywhere near it or the memorials and you wouldnt hear those its meant to represent called heroes you would hear them called victims, you dont like being called a liar well dont lie

The military are there to represent the military that had lost there lives. Thought that much was obvious.

Yeah, you can call me what you want behind the safety of your keyboard. Fair enough. It does show that this issue is really a very emotive one for you though......

Well considering you felt able to lie from behind the safety of yours Id say the same

I never said they were weren't there to represent the military but you cant have them mourning the horrors of war then turn round and continue one

It's all in your head, marty.

If you can't understand that as I view the poppy as a symbol of the horrors of war, then I also view it as a symbol of peace, then you simply can't follow logic. You can, and I'm sure you do understand.

Calling someone a liar behind the safety of a keyboard is very different to lying behind a keyboard, but nice try.

GG views the wearing of a poppy very much as I do. Is he also a liar?

Anyway, let it go, marty. There's no point in falling out over a poppy. Maybe especially a poppy Smile

You view the poppy as the symbol of peace woopie for you, makes you a fool rather than a liar then

The poppy is used by the British Legion, which uses its funds for supporting the military thats not not peaceful thats actively supporting those who engage in war. If you think thats peaceful then Id hate to see what you think flies in the face of it.

Stop being such a child and grow up, man.

I will let you waffle on in your defense of being offended at something so simple as a people wanting to remember their war dead. Good grief, the world has very real problems, and poppies are not one of them.

That's me for this thread.

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Post by TJ on Tue 20 Dec 2016, 11:53 pm

We you have been very assertive here munchkin despite being completely wrong on several points.

Ill just leave this here
http://noglory.org/index.php/articles/75-this-year-i-will-wear-a-poppy-for-the-last-time-says-91-year-old-veteran

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/ex-sas-soldier-blasts-poppy-appeal-1884260

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Post by Guest on Wed 21 Dec 2016, 1:03 am

TJ wrote:We you have been very assertive here munchkin despite being completely wrong on several points.

Ill just leave this here
http://noglory.org/index.php/articles/75-this-year-i-will-wear-a-poppy-for-the-last-time-says-91-year-old-veteran

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/ex-sas-soldier-blasts-poppy-appeal-1884260

If you are going to assert that I'm wrong, try and get your facts straight.

"THE true meaning of the poppy is being forgotten as it becomes a political tool to support current wars, a former elite soldier has claimed."

Now read back my comments. You will find that I have commented on the "True meaning" of the poppy, and also that the true meaning of the poppy should be reinforced. The reason I say this is to counter those who would superimpose their own politically motivated meaning on to it, as we have witnessed.

Both these ex army make valid points, and there is a fear that what it represents will be lost in the fog of political agenda's. I contend that all is not lost, and I base that on how much of the media portray the horror of war in various documentary leading up to the commemoration.

Listening to some of what has been said on here would get the impression that the meaning has been lost, but I would doubt very much they are representative of the wider public. Most people don't wear poppies to glorify war.

There are claims that the poppy is a political symbol, and there are those who use it for political gain. There other side of the coin are those who are against the poppy and try to politicise it according to their own agenda's and world views. Rather than run away, I say why let the bad guys win?

Now, try to read a bit next time, before jumping in.

Thanks.


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Post by Guest on Wed 21 Dec 2016, 1:13 am

Sin é wrote:
aucklandlaurie wrote:
Sin é wrote:
aucklandlaurie wrote:
Sin é wrote:
aucklandlaurie wrote:
Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

The white poppy is the symbol of peace, not the red which is basically used as a fund raiser for the Royal British Legion.


Didnt know the All Blacks/NZRU. were raising funds for the Royal British Legion.

According to the BBC it is (read that link I supplied).


Doesnt say that at all.

It was adopted by The Royal British Legion as the symbol for their Poppy Appeal, in aid of those serving in the British Armed Forces, after its formation in 1921.

It doesnt mention the All Blacks, it doesnt mention the NZRU, it doesnt mention the All Blacks raising money for the Royal British Legion.
To say that because  the Royal British Legion have adopted the red poppy as its symbol for their poppy appeal, it doesnt mean that everyone has. in other words some of us ie New Zealanders, the All Blacks, the NZRU still regard the poppy in the same context as spelt out in the poem "In Flanders Field".

"We shall not sleep though poppies grow in Flanders Field"  Need I say more?


If that meant anything, there would not have been World War II, Invasion of Iraq, bombing of Yemen or Bloody Sunday in Croke Park and Derry.

The Red Poppy is a British Empire/Commonwealth thing. Try not to inflict it on the rest of us.

You're such a victim. Who is inflicting what on you? You don't like it, don't watch it, you sensitive soul.

Now, finally, I will leave you all to treat each others wounds at being so hurt by such great offense.

Bye Laugh

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Post by aucklandlaurie on Wed 21 Dec 2016, 5:52 am

Sin é wrote:
aucklandlaurie wrote:
Sin é wrote:
aucklandlaurie wrote:
Sin é wrote:
aucklandlaurie wrote:
Sin é wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Munchkin wrote:
I don't agree that allowing poppies has to mean allowing all political symbols. It's debatable whether a poppy is a political symbol. It is, or the original intent is, a symbol of universal loss, and hope for world peace.

Sorry but you are just making stuff up now, the poppy has never had anything to do with peace

This seems to be an emotive issue for you, marty, but don't call me a liar again.

The poppy is used to commemorate the dead. As such, it is a symbol of the horrors of war, not the glory of war, if such a thing existed. In that, it is a symbol for world peace. You may not understand that much, but many do, including, and more importantly, those who actually fought through both wars.

The white poppy is the symbol of peace, not the red which is basically used as a fund raiser for the Royal British Legion.


Didnt know the All Blacks/NZRU. were raising funds for the Royal British Legion.

According to the BBC it is (read that link I supplied).


Doesnt say that at all.

It was adopted by The Royal British Legion as the symbol for their Poppy Appeal, in aid of those serving in the British Armed Forces, after its formation in 1921.

It doesnt mention the All Blacks, it doesnt mention the NZRU, it doesnt mention the All Blacks raising money for the Royal British Legion.
To say that because  the Royal British Legion have adopted the red poppy as its symbol for their poppy appeal, it doesnt mean that everyone has. in other words some of us ie New Zealanders, the All Blacks, the NZRU still regard the poppy in the same context as spelt out in the poem "In Flanders Field".

"We shall not sleep though poppies grow in Flanders Field"  Need I say more?


If that meant anything, there would not have been World War II, Invasion of Iraq, bombing of Yemen or Bloody Sunday in Croke Park and Derry.

The Red Poppy is a British Empire/Commonwealth thing. Try not to inflict it on the rest of us.


No one is inflicting anything on you at all, you are the ones telling us what we can have or not have on our jerseys. we will wear poppys on our jerseys and there is nothing Ireland can do about it.

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Post by TJ on Wed 21 Dec 2016, 8:04 am

Munchkin - you got the true meaning wrong tho.  

The red poppy is to commemorate the UK and commonwealth military dead only.  Not civilians, not dead of other nations. NOthing to do with peace. It is and always will be a political symbol

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Post by Allty on Wed 21 Dec 2016, 8:46 am

The poppy is

A symbol of Remembrance and hope
Worn by millions of people
Red because of the natural colour of field poppies

The poppy is NOT

A symbol of death or a sign of support for war
A reflection of politics or religion
Red to reflect the colour of blood

Wearing a poppy is a personal choice and reflects individual and personal memories. It is not compulsory but is greatly appreciated by those it helps – our beneficiaries: those currently serving in our Armed Forces, veterans, and their families and dependants.

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Wed 21 Dec 2016, 8:55 am

Is what the royal British Legion say but it is political clearly.

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Post by Allty on Wed 21 Dec 2016, 9:16 am

Only if you/one wishes it to be.


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Post by No 7&1/2 on Wed 21 Dec 2016, 9:22 am

So it is then. When it's used to support current military servicemen and women along with their families inevitably so.

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