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Passive aggressive ‘Christian’ t-shirt…

For the story regarding this t-shirt, click here. Found at Christian Nightmare.

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Jenn

posted November 15, 2010 at 1:14 pm


Oh for Pete’s sake. What is wrong with people? Don’t you just know they thought they were so clever when they were designing those…



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RainbowsofFaith

posted November 15, 2010 at 1:15 pm


That is just pathetic and immature. Is it really necessary? Good Grief as Charlie Brown would say.



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Jared

posted November 15, 2010 at 1:17 pm


“This is the trick in an issue like this. You have to balance one person’s right to free speech to another person’s right to not be offended.”

I wasn’t aware I had that right. Cool. Now to exercise it…



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Rebecca

posted November 15, 2010 at 1:17 pm


That shirt is nothing to be proud of…



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Z

posted November 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm


If you read the article, it sounds a little bit more than passive aggressive. This is sad.



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    Matthew Paul Turner

    posted November 15, 2010 at 1:27 pm


    Right. I agree.



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Maeve

posted November 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm


I really liked this quote:

“How to celebrate the culture (and safety) of a minority while trying to also educate the majority that every day is a celebration of their normalization”



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sharideth

posted November 15, 2010 at 1:51 pm


pride is the right word, but in this case, i don’t think it means what they think it means.



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LRA

posted November 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm


Wow! They can wear “White Pride” tee shirts during Black History Month, too! Wouldn’t that be nifty!

>:(

Prejudice against gay people is prejudice. Period.



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    LRA

    posted November 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm


    ps. “White Pride” tee shirts will have the following printed on them:

    “However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way.” (Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT)



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      Emily

      posted November 28, 2010 at 11:23 am


      Might I point out that the people of Israel were not in fact white. They were Middle Eastern, originating from Iraq. By your argument (which is made null and void by the New Testament anyways) “White Pride” t-shirts would declare that Caucasians should legally be allowed to be enslaved by any Middle Eastern person.



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Deb94

posted November 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm


My kids go to this school. I can’t believe we’ve made it to Christian Nightmares AND JNNPR. Oh, and my kids were NOT among those wearing the t-shirts.
It barely got into the news around here. My daughter came home one day wearing an “Ally” sticker, and I asked her what it was about. It was something like “A safe learning environment for all students.”



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That Theology Student

posted November 15, 2010 at 2:48 pm


This is interesting.

I actually quite liked the idea when I saw the picture, and the the headline. Then they quoted Scripture and it all became not OK to my mind – clearly, I am a rubbish Christian.

I am proud of being straight, just as a gay person can be proud of being gay. God made me this way, and I see no reason why I shouldn’t be proud. Clearly, it’s not appropriate to wear such t-shirts in an inflammatory manner, and I’m not fighting against prejudice or discrimation, BUT I am proud of the way I feel God made me.



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Charlie's Church of Christ

posted November 15, 2010 at 4:16 pm


if it were being worn by a non-religious person maybe it’d be funny, but by a Christian I hate to say it’d be offensive.



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JTC

posted November 15, 2010 at 5:01 pm


well, obviously, I do NOT agree with wearing a t-shirt that encourages the killing of an entire group of people. What if skinny people wore shirts saying “slim pride” and a verse on the back that read “all fat people face the chance of dying an early death due to the onset of heart disease brought on by an unhealthy diet.” Obviously, there are some people who would be offended at a shirt like that.
I’m just curious why people, whether it’s gay pride, straight pride, american pride, white pride, black pride, team pride, Jesus pride, etc. feel the need to express those things on a t-shirt. All of those types of shirts are basically saying “me expressing my personal feelings on a t-shirt is more important than just living my life peacefully, and allowing you to live yours.” What does wearing the shirt really accomplish other than to divide people. Why not just wear a shirt that says “either relate to me, or leave me the *&%! alone!” Some people look at a group of people and see all the differences while others look at a group of people and see the similarities.

I wonder if there will be people trying to make “Kingdom Pride” shirts in heaven…..



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    Joe Crenshaw

    posted November 15, 2010 at 6:48 pm


    Great post.

    I am straight though and proud of it.



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    Erinn

    posted November 15, 2010 at 6:54 pm


    Well said



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    Dianna

    posted November 16, 2010 at 1:40 am


    I wish I could “like” that comment like I do facebook.

    So often good, solid discourse is substituted with tshirt and bumper sticker slogans. Should even wonder that so much misinformation is spread when we decide it’s okay to reduce to a nuanced political view to two words on a tshirt?



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      Dianna

      posted November 16, 2010 at 1:41 am


      Wow, I left out a couple of words there. “Like I do ON facebook” and “Should we even wonder.” Goodness.



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Iain

posted November 16, 2010 at 1:58 am


I’ve already emailed Matthew about it, but if anyone wants to see my own artistic response to this shirt debacle then check it out here:

http://phrenicphilosophy.blogspot.com/2010/11/human-pride.html



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noelle

posted November 16, 2010 at 8:14 am


kids these days.

In my day the back woulda been covered with the unbuttoned plaid flannel. Course in my day it was those T’s of characters/animals in various positions that got kids in trouble.



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