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Of Anwar al-Awlaki and Bold Christian Clothing

[ by Charles Cameron ]

I am, admittedly, very interested in religion, and Christianity has been the mother-lode for me of the imagery, gestures and profound words that can move heart, soul, mind and imagination into a greater depth.

Advertising, on the other hand… well, let’s just say that the best of it plays on imagination, too, but it is generally more of an intrusion upon – via billboards on landscapes, via commercials in movies, or via irritating jingles and catch phrases that subvert my best attempts at quieting the mind – than an experience of the kind of depth that religion at its best can offer.

But if you are interested in religion, and click online in enough of the right places, advertising that has “religious” content will be targeted to you.


And so it is that I went online this morning to check out something about al-Awlaki on Islamic Awakening, an American jihadist forum, and found myself invited to consider, instead, wearing some “bold Christian clothing”.

This was while I was researching al-Awlaki, right? the Muslim jihadist preacher?


a site with its own curious graphics…

And looking closer at that logo, isn’t that some sort of triumphalist armored vehicle I see?


Well, never averse to a pretty girl, and noticing the one in the Bold Christian ad, I thought I’d taker a look at Bold Christian Clothing to find out what sort of fashion sense was popular among the younger Christian set just now, and found I could obtain t-shirts with such comforting images as these…

— this one’s symbolic of our relatively new century, I guess…

or this:

which I am praeternaturally fond of since my online moniker is hipbone, with its veiled reference to the Valley of the Dry Bones in that very same chapter 37 of Ezekiel…

and then there’s this masterfully supremacist rendering of a part of the Lord’s Prayer:

which I must admit isn’t the image of Thy Kingdom Come that springs to mind when I personally hope and pray for heaven on earth.

What exactly is it, you may ask? According to the manufacturer, it’s

The Lord’s Prayer — “Thy Kingdom Come” with an Angel holding the cross, Horses, skulls under the horses, and palm trees (with Shield and Pacific Oracle cross logo added)

It’s also “the softest, smoothest shirt we sell” … “made from combed cotton for your added comfort” and gives “a flattering and stylish fit to virtually any body type”.

I on the other hand think it looks more like a photoshopped variant of the Quadringa statue in London that celebrates Wellington’s victory over Napoleon at Waterloo:


In light of all this, I do believe I’ll just wear white – although even that could be misinterpreted, I guess.

8 Responses to “Of Anwar al-Awlaki and Bold Christian Clothing”

  1. J. Scott Says:

    "Bold Christian clothing" reminds me of the passage in Paul’s first letter to the church at Thessaloniki—where Paul provides the "metaphoric" clothing of the believer. Good stuff, Charles, thanks for sharing.

  2. Charles Cameron Says:

    Just so long as we don’t confuse the metaphor — "breastplate of faith and love" — with kevlar or the like…

  3. J. Scott Says:

    Indeed, and I made a mistake—that passage is in Ephesians (6th chapter)! The say the memory is the second thing to go, I forgot what the first one is…cordially

  4. Charles Cameron Says:

    No mistake — I Thessalonians 5.8.

  5. J. Scott Says:

    Thanks, Charles! Guess the memory is still intact!

  6. Bryan Alexander Says:

    "Boldly Christian clothing", perhaps.I’m enjoying the combination of sword-wielding angel with "pacific".

  7. Charles Cameron Says:

    Hi, Bryan:
    To judge by the palm trees in the background of the angel, "pacific" may simply mean "surfer dude"… and in any case, that’s a cross. not a sword.
    And for that matter, the Iron Duke version has a (laurel?) wreath and an olive branch. 

  8. Charles Cameron Says:

    My apologies:

    As you say, Bryan, the angel in tee #1 has a sword — I was thinking of tee #3.

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