There was some recent news in Australia about a boy who was arrested for wearing an offensive t-shirt. I admit being very curious about what kind of t-shirt could be so offensive as to warrant an arrest. I’m not easily offended and am all for free speech so it was hard to imagine. Well, the t-shirt was pretty offensive especially to Christians. But let’s forget about the offensiveness of the shirt for a second and just look at the content. The t-shirt states that Jesus is the 4 letter word beginning with c. I really don’t think this word should be seen as a bad word but in modern society it is seen as one of the worst. So even without reference to Jesus this t-shirt would anger a lot of people. The shirt also contains an image of a mostly nude woman touching herself suggestively. She is wearing the headgear of a nun.
This t-shirt is a band t-shirt for a metal band, called Cradle of Filth, and you can find selection of their t-shirt at this store. If you are into that kind of thing. A quick google and you will find that this is not the first time that someone has been arrested for wearing this shirt. A few years ago in England a boy was fined and sentenced to community service. Cradle of Filth frontman was quoted as saying:
It is with some concern that poor Adam’s plight is acknowledged. Defaming organized religion openly in public is now a crime? What is wrong with England? Still, the litter problem on our city streets should improve dramatically if they keep handing out 80-odd hour community punishment orders willy-nilly. The country will be spotless in no time, a sure sign that God works in mysterious ways, even through us!
I think the main question here though is: did this boy deserve to get arrested? It is hard to say really. On the one hand he’s just a teenager trying to stand out from the crowd by doing something stupid. If that’s a crime we all would have been arrested at some point. I’d be doing life. On the other hand his stupid act angered and offended many people. If he had my friend or family’s name on his shirt I would have been pretty angry and it might have ended up with violence. Now some people love Jesus more than I love my family and may have less control over their temper (Christian though they may be) and the result could also have been violence.
For this reason, I think it was OK to ask the boy to stop wearing his t-shirt and to arrest him if he didn’t. It was a preventative measure. I don’t like the idea of losing my right to free speech but I do believe in compromise. Recently I was in Las Vegas with my brother. We are Irish. My brother was wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt and the hotel staff politely suggested that his t-shirt was not appropriate. To be honest, I was shocked when my brother told me. My brother on the other hand thought the fact that this would happen in America, the land of free speech, was very funny. He didn’t agree with them but he didn’targue either. He checked in and changed his t-shirt.
these unnecessary arrests should be made at all!!! we are all supposed to be protected by freedom of speech. there is more dangerous crimes out there that aren’t being noticed enough. these fucking police focus on the non important subjects than crime itself!
Being arrested for wearing a t-shirt by cradle of filth is not fair .
the police/govt. are going against the bill of rights nationwide and it needs to stop!
this is freedom of expression / 1st amendment
this needs to put to an end. and fight once again for our freedom of expression and bring back the 1st amendment. one more thing ***
*******HAIL CRADLE OF FILTH*******
Man I think theres something wrong with U…enjoy the apocolypse as it will rise Jesus will come and
take his children to Heaven…U can call me [number redacted] I’m Gerrit … give ame a little peace of you mind..!!!!
Illegal immigrants get 3 million in funds to watch TV while families starve on our streets.
People can tell me I’m a sinner because I have tattoos and piercings and I tell them to get lost and I’m the bad guy.
Marijuana is illegal but alcohol isn’t even though the effects are roughly the same.
Boys arrested for wearing a shirt saying fuck you to religion isn’t ok but telling a Satanist Satan is evil is fine.
Ass backward world we live in huh? Its all about profit and image.
CoF does this to fuck with people and they’re doing an awesome job at it.
We live in a world ruled by the masses and the individuals are sinners.
The only one that should be judging anyone isn’t a being on this earth. If you truly believed in Jesus you would smile and laugh because you would say hey Jesus is going to fuck you up in the after life.
But since he doesn’t exist we don’t have to worry about it.
Thank you and yeah Jesus is the one Judging us thanx I appreciate it I’m Gerrit…
i don’t think the child should of been arrested… i would of made him wear the t-shirt inside out, contacted his parents and requested they either bring in another shirt for him to wear or take him home for the day… think it is a bit extream to call police, police have better things to do than this….
I’m not saying that he shouldn’t have been arrested but I do agree that it seems extreme.
I thought cradle of filth’s music is really awesome…!!! But I thought wrong … it is
an satanic band and I me myself WILL NEVER SAY “JESUS IS A CUNT”…That’s
really irresponsible and wrong…..if they were rightt they would enjoy Heaven Hell
is not to enjoy…U BURN WITH NO END…Jesus is the alfa and the omega…Jesus
died for cradle of filth and us it is not right to say bad stuff about Jesus … And Jesus
will send them straight to HELL…!!! >>> [name and address redacted] …..>>>
And in my mind I will kill the guy who wears bthat shirt and so what if I’m 14 … i like the music
U say anything ’bout Christ bad infront of me I would hurt you personlly…!!!
I think you might need to read the teachings of Christ because I am pretty sure he would’t condone violence on those grounds or perhaps any grounds.
Sorry man but seriously … I’m 14 and yeah people don’t talk like that about Christ…I apologise…Jammer
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