where the wild flowers grow
I'm really offended by Abercrombie & Fitch t-shirts. Not because they're Abercrombie & Fitch, but because they cost $25 dollars a piece, ON SALE!
Okay, seriously, as I'd said I was going to step down before, I've found that I cannot. I have, however, changed my mind after giving it a lot of thought.
If we were to keep people from wearing this particular shirt, or any other shirt stating a religious/political belief, then that would be taking away a very basic freedom.
Freedom of speech is one of the most fought for, and important rights we've been granted as Americans. I would feel like a thief if I were to take part in taking any of that away.
I know that some things, this in particular, are offensive..but that won't stop people from wearing it. My fight is for the reason.
If there's a good reason, then why not? Well, yes, it will offend people, it will cause conversation. A shirt like that doesn't necessarily say (to me) "Please, come talk to me about abortion". It says, "Please, talk to your friends about my shirt". It all depends on how you read it. I'd be slightly offended, but in the long run, I'd get over it and forget about it. I'd talk about it, think about it, then write it off as another thing that I let bother me at one point.
It would be hypocritical of me to judge a person based on 100% cotton. If I want to wear my slightly offensive band t-shirts, I have to accept that people will wear their slightly offensive political statements. Tit for tat, right? I don't like N'Sync, but there's nothing I can do about someone who does except for maybe tell them how much I hate their N'Sync t-shirt and that it offends me greatly that anyone would ever wear such an awful shirt. Then, I would be the one offending the N'Sync fan by basically saying, "I think your music taste sucks, therefore, you suck". It wouldn't be fair, and I certainly wouldn't like it if someone did that to me.
So, whilst I don't agree with the message the shirt portrays, it isn't my decision or right to take away the right for the person to wear it. Nor is it my business why they decided to wear it.
I'm done now.