Friday, December 30, 2005
Cheap Monday jeans are a hot commodity among young Swedes thanks to their trendy tight fit and low price, even if a few buyers are turned off by the logo: a skull with a cross turned upside down on its forehead.
Logo designer Bjorn Atldax says he's not just trying for an antiestablishment vibe.
"It is an active statement against Christianity," Atldax told The Associated Press. "I'm not a Satanist myself, but I have a great dislike for organized religion."
The label's makers say it's more of a joke, but Atldax insists his graphic designs have a purpose beyond selling denim: to make young people question Christianity, a "force of evil" that he blames for sparking wars throughout history.
One is almost forced to wonder why Mr. Atldax did not design a logo with a blood-drenched crescent shaped like a scimitar. Perhaps because he knows that Muslims, unlike Christians, would hunt him down where he lives. And his little dog, too.
I have no problem with with people who want to fulminate about "organized religion," or even those who want to make money off the bashing of baby Jesus. But complaining about the war-like tendencies of Christianity in 2005 is like denouncing the Guardian Angels for being a "street gang" and failing to mention the Bloods and the Crips.
Your instinct serves you well. In a streak of fearless consistency, "... he is not considering any anti-Islamic designs because, he observed, 'there are already a lot of anti-Islamic sentiments.'"
Re: Christianity--"a great dislike for organized religion."
Re: Islam--"already a lot of anti-Islamic sentiments."