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When, how and why did the stars in the logo of the Republican Party get turned upside down?

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Jun 01, 2016 11:57 AM 0 Answers
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Note: I'm not making any claims here, I'm simply asking for the story behind the logo change.

Here is the current logo of the US Republican Party:

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The stars used to point upwards, like this:

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This may seem like an insignificant thing, and I suppose it might be. But why would they change it? This seems strange for a party that has so many religious members and voters, including Christian fundamentalists and evangelists, who might take such symbolism seriously.

The stars have the shape of a pentagram.

The shape of a pentagram pointing down is commonly used as a symbol of Satanism.

Here are some quotes from Wikipedia.

Let us keep the figure of the Five-pointed Star always upright, with the topmost triangle pointing to heaven, for it is the seat of wisdom, and if the figure is reversed, perversion and evil will be the result.


A reversed pentagram, with two points projecting upwards, is a symbol of evil and attracts sinister forces because it overturns the proper order of things and demonstrates the triumph of matter over spirit. It is the goat of lust attacking the heavens with its horns, a sign execrated by initiates.

So, given the GOP's large Christian voter base, it seems strange to play around with such a symbol.

Why did this change happen? Was it just a random thing? Has there been any debate about it? When did it happen? Who initiated the change?

The Democratic Party's logo also features such stars, but they're still pointing upwards. The same is true for the US Flag, the US emblem, the flag of the European Union and countless other such emblems.

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Such stars being upside down seems to be highly unusual?

I prefer answers with sources.

Edit: Looking at their social media and website these days, it looks like the stars have flipped back up. So I guess the question is now why they were flipped for years.

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