Wednesday, May 12, 2010

More Inappropriate Usage of Isaiah 53:5...

And an irksome pun, in this context.

Okay, I get it, the "Scars & Stripes Forever" humorously parodies the title of John Philip Sousa's rousing march,"The Stars & Stripes Forever." The "scars" and "stripes" are those belonging to Christ, and their salvific impact lasts "forever." Just in case we miss the reference, The shirt designers have the words of Isaiah 53:5 printed down the white "stripe."

However, must we have an American flag (and with the errant stars spraying off the blue field, it's no doubt intended to be such) as the background--even if it does look like someone smashed a patriotic bug on their windshield? Can't we just assume that people will get the joke, and place the slogan over a picture of the crucifixion?

Both this shirt and the other one may be purchased at Family Christian Stores, one of the largest chains of such businesses.


PaperSmyth said...

I'm really starting to think you're posting these things as a cosmic "payback." Why? Because my husband and I have matching shirts like this that we wear. (Sometimes even to church functions.)

Allen's Brain said...

I quite like that one, actually. Then again, I'm always suspicious of Chinese characters on something, since I can't read them.

With my luck, I'd get one that read "Look at the stupid white guy."

The Ironic Catholic said...

Ooooh. Ugggh.

Sort of looks like someone ran into cotton candy.

Allen's Brain said...

IC, yes, but it's patriotic cotton candy!