In the ancient world, the cross was a depraved and distasteful affair. Romans used it, but the sparse reference to it in their literature shows their aversion to it. They considered it a barbarian form of punishment Similarly, the Jews detested it.
A fresh look at the Cross.
Every religion and every ideology has its own symbol for its identification. . For the Buddhist it is the Lotus Flower. Judaism has the Star of David and Islam the Crescent. In this century the Communists were known for the hammer and the sickle and the Nazis