Hear me out.
If I went out in public wearing a T-shirt that touted racist, sexist or homophobic phrases (e.g. “Kill inter-racial marriage!” or “Down with homosexuality!”)…well. I probably wouldn’t make it three paces down the road, would I?
Yet, more and more often, I see people wearing T-shirts that tout increasingly anti-religious messages…and nobody bats an eyelid. “Kill religion!” shouts one. “Down with Christianity!” yells another, accompanied by illustrations of defamed Christian symbols. “Too stupid for science? Try religion!” seems popular. The phrase “God is dead!” also appears to be a favourite.
What is our world coming to?
This isn’t a question of what’s legal and what isn’t; this is a question of basic human decency and respect to others. These messages are both utterly degrading and unbelievably hurtful. They are also entirely unnecessary; no political cause is being furthered through these shirts, no minority spoken up for, no injustice fought against. No; this is hate speech, plain and simple. A terrifying reality of our society today.
To the shirt-wearers: I beg of you, next time you’re thinking about putting on your favourite “F*ck religion!” or "Allah sucks!“ T-shirt, stop and consider the deeply disturbing nature of such messages for many people. Are these T-shirts really doing anything for the good of humanity…or are you merely slapping a number of people squarely in the face?
Respect is such a little thing, but it makes a world of difference.
Think about it. Please.