Today I got a t-shirt printed.On the front it says "Religions:they can't all be true..." and on the back it says "but they can all be false".I can't remember the name of the person who put up that sa…

Today I got a t-shirt printed.On the front it says "Religions:they can't all be true..." and on the back it says "but they can all be false".I can't remember the name of the person who put up that saying but thanks to whoever it was anyway.

When I was walking to the printing shop I was getting a bit nervous because I was going with my dad and I never hinted about me being an atheist.I was worried he would treat me different when he knew what was going onto the t-shirt.There was no need.

In the shop I wrote down what I wanted on my t-shirt.My dad didn't have his glasses with him so he didn't see it properly.When we left the shop my dad wanted to know what I meant by the words on the t-shirt but i just told him to think about it,I still wasn't brave enough then to say it outright.

At two o' clock I was to collect the t-shirt (the writing is a good size).I went home then and showed it to my dad.He read it again and got what I meant by it.He was absolutely fine about it.He was only worried a bit about me getting into trouble at school because of the t-shirt,more about the being called down to the office and facing detention than getting into a fight or being bullied about it.

I'm looking forward to wearing it,especially in school on no-uniform-day and seeing what my year think about it.

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Comment by Michael Sizer-Watt on September 18, 2010 at 7:37pm
Well, I'd say you should expect to get some flack for it. I think it's a moral obligation though for us atheists to stand up and force people to realize that atheism is not only rational but noble, and that's going to require that we piss people off (not on purpose of course, but it's inevitable I think). If you were only doing to rustle feathers but not for the sake of raising awareness, I'd say you need to rethink your motives.
Comment by Galen on September 18, 2010 at 9:57pm
And I'll throw in the opposite point of view and say that if you just want to ruffle feathers, it sounds like fun and pompous ignorant people need their feathers ruffled, so have at it!
Comment by Jānis Ķimsis on September 19, 2010 at 5:43am
Off topic - how does no-uniform-day work?
Comment by elaine kilshaw on September 19, 2010 at 6:47am
Since the Pope has come to UK I have been wearing my t-shirt,GODLESS,together with my atheist necklace, but no-one has said anything, I am sure disappointed.
AT least I have made my protest.
Comment by Natasha Kenny on September 19, 2010 at 12:47pm
I'm doing it to rustle feathers and to raise awareness.I was only worried about my dad treating me differently,I don't mind as much if people in school treat me different.I hope that I will find out that there are other atheists in my school.Amn't gonna get my hopes up though.
On no-uniform-day you get to wear regular clothes but you have to pay 2 euros and the money goes towards either the school or a charity.
Comment by John Robertson on September 19, 2010 at 1:43pm
If you're in the UK there's a site called topcashback that gives you five pounds back if you buy no more than once a month at Vistaprint, who in turn send loads of offers to whichever email box you give them, most bad but including the odd one for printed T shirts at £3.68 ("free+postage+tax"). So if they ever offer you a free printed T shirt and you can make something of their awful cheapest online designs that's a slogan T shirt for minus one pound and something.

Just a thought from a troublemaker.
Comment by Natasha Kenny on September 19, 2010 at 2:05pm
Unfortunately I'm in Ireland but thanks anyway for telling me about the website.
Comment by Jon Heim on September 20, 2010 at 12:54am
my dad would never be cool with this. and it sounds like a great idea since your school sounds very strict. Do try not to get into too much trouble though lol
Comment by Natasha Kenny on September 20, 2010 at 5:39pm
Thanks Michel.I'm gonna get some more t-shirts in the future.I like that shirt.
Comment by Natasha Kenny on September 20, 2010 at 5:44pm
Jon,my school isn't actually that strict.There are girls of other faiths in the school,not a lot but still some.I don't think I would get detention if I was talking to the principal but I might if I was talking to the vice-principal.Before I made up my mind about the shirt I looked up the school rules and it said nothing about no-uniform-day so I decided to get it anyway and I'm gonna see can I get away with it.


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