PEACE SYMBOL - Also known as the Cross of Nero. Many people are not aware of the origins of this symbol or how it became to symbolize peace. This is the cross of Nero, a broken and inverted cross, enclosed in a circle which represents Nero's vision. Nero believed that there would be world peace without Christianity, thousands of Christians were martyred under the rule of Nero. This is what the "peace symbol" represents regardless of what it means to you.
In recent years, some symbols have become popular among the youth. Unfortunately many are not as innocent as they appear. For example, the peace sign that is "back by popular demand," sounds innocent enough, after all who would be against peace? But the peace sign (originally the Cross of Nero) actually symbolizes a different idea of what will bring peace than what many realize. It represents an upside down, broken cross -- symbolizing the defeat of Christianity. President Benson had this to say: "Have we, as Moroni warned, 'polluted the holy church of God'? . . .Do any of us wear or display the broken cross, anti-Christ sign, that is the adversary's symbol of the so-called peace movement?" (God, Family, Country, Ezra Taft Benson, page 229. Also CR October 1970)
"Known as the 'peace sign' throughout the 1960's and into the present day, this symbol is the Teutonic rune of death. 1950's peace advocate Gerald Holtom may have been commissioned by communist sympathiser Bertrand Russell to design a symbol to unite leftist peace marchers in 1958. It is clear that either Holtom or Russell deemed the Teutonic (Neronic) cross as the appropriate symbol for their cause.
"Throughout the last 2,000 years this symbol has designated hatred of Christians. Nero, who despised Christians, crucified the Apostle Peter on a cross head downward. This hideous event resembled the Teutonic cross and became a popular pagan insignia of the day. Thereafter, this sign became known as the 'Neronic cross.'