From: Gene Doty (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat 26 Feb 2005 - 22:20:11 GMT
> My favorite meme has got to be the fish symbol. This is because the fish
> started off being a purely Christian symbol - a way for Christians to
> identify themselves to each other through the phone book (and therefore
> keep business "in the family") without being overtly obvious about it.
> Then the symbol was hijacked by evolutionists, in the form of the Darwin
> fish as well as other "gestalts" such as the linux fish (has a shark's
> fin on it ).
> I saw a new one yesterday which prompted me to write this - the Gefilte
> fish - just a normal fish with Gefilte written inside it - obviously for
> those with a jewish interest....
> You can also get "alien", "pagan", "buddhist", (though why a buddhist
> would want such an ego-tag on their car is beyond me - i think the fish
> designers kinda missed the point there) and "satan" fish - which is
> supposed to look like it's on fire - but actually just looks like it
> needs a shave.
> (ref: evolvefish.com)
In fact, the fish was used as a symbol by ancient Christians. The Greek
word for fish--Ichthys in usual translation can be taken as an acronym
of the phrase, Jesus Christ, God's Son, Savior. Since a fish can be
drawn with two simple arcs, anyone could make one. I think you will see
the Greek in some of the fishes on cars.
I think the fish-symbol revived 20-30 years ago. The Darwin fish is the
best variation for me--I dig the legs!
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