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Way back in December of last year I wrote a post about offensive t-shirts which linked to, among others, the picture accompanying this story (a design from T-Shirt Hell‘s now-discontinued “Worse Than Hell” range). Today, five months later, I received a comment on an unrelated post indicating that someone by the name of “Kait” found the t-shirt design rather offensive to their beliefs. I assume the reason this comment was posted there is that the original post has long since been closed to comments for spam-prevention purposes. For the sake of completeness, the comment follows in its entirety.
hi david thompson……whatz with the picture that is connected to your website…..the one that says “Jesus did it for the chicks”…..that is absoulutely outrageous…..Jesus died for you on the cross and thatz the kind of picture you attach to your website….you seriously have issues…and i’ll pray for you because that’s just sick…..you’ve got issues….and unless you ask God to forgive you…….you have know future ahead of you……i feel sorry for you…because…a life without Jesus is no life at all….i hope Jesus opens your eyes one day….
I would first like to say that I am not one of those people who dismisses any religious belief out of hand – the people who say “Religion’s full of shit, dude” or some such. I have had sensible religious debates with a number of my friends, principally on the subject of Christianity, and have attended an Alpha Course (a course based around exploring the tenets of Christianity). I would like to think of myself as a tolerant person who would listen fully to another’s point of view before making my own decisions.
I am, however, going to have to disagree with the sentiment of your comment, Kait. Firstly, while it is an historically-documented event that Yeshua of Nazareth was crucified, I see no reason to believe that he died and was resurrected for me and the human race which is sufficient to overwhelm the apparently arbitrary nature of such a sacrifice combined with Occam’s razor that “the simplest explanation is usually the best”.
In addition to this, the intent of the t-shirt design as I see it is not to attack Jesus, his certain suffering and unlikely resurrection, but to gently mock those who take it just that little bit too seriously. It is quite clear from the sheer absurdity of the t-shirt’s premise that it is not meant to be taken seriously: I would suggest that, if you are unable to take a light-hearted jibe at your beliefs then it is you, not I, who has issues.