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And they’ll know we are Christians by our T-shirt logos July 24, 2012

“Make your view of Scripture as high as possible, but not higher.”

“Why would one not intervene when somebody gives gullible people sewage to drink?

“You go ahead and use the wisdom from the Bible to work on Kirk Cameron’s marriage.”

The Jesus-fish trucker hat: for those who can’t think of any other way to show the world that they are Christians.

“The determination to double down on a floundering doctrine is driven by a conviction that religion is uncompelling if it fails to make significant demands on an individual’s lifestyle. These demands are always partially if not predominantly sexual.”

“Many conservative Christians have said, in effect, that it is good for gays and lesbians to be alone.”

“What’s particularly interesting about this article is that Horton doesn’t seem to think that he is any way complicit in the tragic ending of this young man’s life.”

You cannot teach both moral character and prejudice at the same time.”

I don’t want to be an Eagle Scout if a young man who is gay can’t be one too.”

“Christians are one of the most privileged and powerful groups in America and yet the majority of Christians in America seem oblivious to how silly and self-centered they appear when they complain about the ‘war on Christmas’ or ‘not being allowed to pray in public schools.'” (via Literata)

“Diana Franklin told one neighbor that she was ‘doing what the Bible says’ by punishing the girl for not doing chores the ‘right way,’ according to KLTV.”

“Associating oneself with causes that eventually reveal themselves to have been destructive, demonic, and insane is not a recipe for being remembered well by historians.”

Evangelicals are preoccupied with a century of missing the point. It’s been an adventure in missing the point.”

“Is it any surprise, then, that the young-earth creationists who claim to serve such a God are themselves guilty of deceit, dishonesty, misrepresentation, and everything else that falls under the broad category of lies?”

Scientific research and scientific truth simply don’t matter to those promoting false arguments about abortifacients and the ‘morning-after’ pill.”

“If one has to avoid all such influences to be genuinely ‘evangelical,’ then I am not evangelical. If one must be conservative politically, then I, a Green-leaning democratic socialist and registered Democrat, fail the test.”

The Family Research Council is not just focused on bearing false witness against gay people — they’re also renewing their efforts to bear false witness against Muslims.

Head of Boy Scouts of America respects and admires an AIDS-denier.

Celebrating St. Wilgefortis.

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  • LunaticFringe

    The cross makes it look sort of like those little cartoon X’s for eyes. Why do you have a dead Jesus fish, trucker hat? 

  • I also feel that the addition of a cross makes it look like a dead cartoon fish, which is annoying because whatever its connotations I actually think the unadorned fish symbol is aesthetically geometrically pleasing.

  • Worthless Beast

    That Easy Button shirt…. I facepalmed.  My guy used to work for a Staples.  He has one of those stupid things around here somewhere… 

    I’m also glad that someone decided to warn the gullible people rather than sit back and laugh at them getting sick and dying “because they deserve it for being stupid.”  – Been reading too much snark online…

  • thanks so much for sharing my poem, fred.

  • That article on St Wilgefortis raised my hackles. It probably shouldn’t have done but it did.

    Why? Because there’s a massive assumption of sexuality in there.

    It’s a pain in the arse how people assume that anyone who doesn’t want to have sex with men must want to have sex with women.

    Yes she might have been intersex or had polycystic ovary syndrome (if she even existed) there’s no way to tell at this point.

    And yes she might have been a lesbian using a vow of celibacy as an escape route but equally she might have been hetero and have decided to be celibate for religious reasons like the story says or she might have been asexual and using a vow of celibacy as an escape route.

    My inclination – if she existed – if that it was PCOS because that would explain the beard and can cause very low sex drive (as distinct from asexuality which is to do with sexual attraction not sex drive).

    But why doesn’t the possibility that she was asexual even come up? Why are we being ignored again?

    It’s like when Fred made a joke several months ago about how evangelicals assumed the church organist who was in his 40s and unmarried was just waiting for the right woman. (implication *nudge nudge wink wink* he’s gay and they’re in denial). My thought at the time was he could be asexual and it bothered me then but not as much as the automatic assumption of sexuality has come to bother me this last couple of months as I’ve read more and more really dismissive stuff about asexuality).

    (For the record I’m asexual which is why this bothers me).

    Sorry for the rant.

  • Funny anecdote about the Jesus hat:

    I worked the 2010 Census. My “districts” were all suburban, which wasn’t too bad, but I talked to folks who had to work more rural areas. Turns out, knocking on someone’s door and saying “I’m with the government” isn’t met with much friendliness in some rural areas. (which were colloquially referred to as “shotgun and dog territory”) One field worker said that he discovered wearing the “Jesus Fish” hat meant folks would hear his spiel, look mean, see the hat, and grudgingly give answers without threats or overt hostility.

  • lowtechcyclist

    Apparently Chick-Fil-A is bearing false witness against the Jim Henson Company. 

    The Henson Company, in a Facebook post, says, “The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors.”

    At least one Chick-Fil-A posted a sign attributing the absence of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Puppet Kid’s Meal toys from their Kid’s Meals to “a possible safety issue.”

  • Tricksterson

    I can’t throw any stones at people who wear Jesus fishes or sport them on their car since I’v e worn a t-shirt with a pentagram on it (which led to a young (12ish) girl asking me why I was wearing the “devil star” but she was quite nice and listened well when I explained what it actually meant) and another with a sun cross.  Also have a bumper sticker (although not a car) with an alien fish.

  • Consumer Unit 5012

     I’ve got a Dobbshead T-shirt around here, somewhere…

  • Becka, thank you for raising the possibility that Wilgefortis was asexual.  I wrote that profile of Wilgefortis at the Jesus in Love Blog, and based on your comment I revised the text of this post by adding the possibility that Wilgefortis was asexual.  There are so many possible explanations for the mysterious bearded woman saint… all of them shedding light on different aspects of human sexuality and gender!  I only hope that you will leave comments directly on my blog in the future so I don’t miss hearing your thoughts.


  •  Hiya! I considered commenting on your blog but I thought an angry rant might not be the best way of introducing myself so I commented here where I comment semi-regularly. I’ll try to comment in future.