Accessories for the Christian Ghetto ~ BitterSweetLife

Friday, July 21, 2006

Accessories for the Christian Ghetto

Justin Taylor of Between Two Worlds points to an L.A. Times article on the International Christian Retail Show. Taylor notes that the expo features some real killer items, such as:

  • Christian perfume ( "It should be enticing enough to provoke questions: 'What's that you're wearing?' " Hobbs said. "Then you take that opportunity to speak of your faith. They've opened the door, and now they're going to get it.")
  • Stuffed animals wearing "Jesus Loves You" T-shirts
  • Camouflage baseball caps with red crosses
  • Golf balls with John 3:16 printed on them ("a great golf ball with a greater purpose")
  • Christian health clubs
  • Christian insurance agencies
  • Christian tree trimmers (who advertise in Christian business directories)
  • Christian gangsta rap
  • Christian shoot-'em-up video games
  • Christian sweatbands
  • Christian playing cards
  • Christian scrapbook supplies
  • Christian children's pajamas
  • Life of Faith dolls (like American Girl, expect "the dolls come clutching Bibles; their stories, sprinkled with Scripture, describe how the girls find sustenance in their faith")
  • Scripture Candy

This is disgusting. It's almost enough for me to create some Christian signage and go do some Christian protesting. Check out Taylor's commentary for a thorough critique.

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Will Robison said...

Holy Hannah! I haven't been this excited since Flanders went to the Left Handed Business Convention! ;) What exactly is a Christian Shoot Em Up Video Game by the way? It reminds me of the Foxtrot Cartoon where the mother bought the kids acceptable video games including NICE CITY. Quite hilarious cause the kid kept losing points for beating up the old ladies who wanted to cross the street.

R. Sherman said...

I've been away. This post will lead to a lengthy entry from me.



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