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Heaven Must Be Missing A Caffeinated Angel

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Jesus Christ, Patent Pending

Would it kill you to get me a cup of Italian Roast?

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i, the pagan anarchist, am actually going to side with the batshit crazy mormons on this one.

moroni [i always notice how it sounds like "moron" - it brings out the beavis & butthead in me] is a symbol of their religion. so, appropriating it for a corporate logo is kind of messed up - like appropriating mohammed to sell cheeseburgers. buddha has been appropriated for commercial purposes for centuries, all around the world, and his whole deal is about not giving a damn anyway, so that's not so much of a problem. but even wacky looney tunes who believe in religions i think are completely nuts deserve to be treated with a modicum of respect. well let me amend that; maybe not scientology. but i digress...

if you make fun of one religious icon you've got to make fun of all of them equally. i like the image you posted up at the front, for example. it raises the point: would people feel as comfortable with "jesus brand diapers" or something like that? [in seattle, we used to have Coffee Messiah but they went out of business, sadly.] for more perspective i recommend the cover to the first firewater album, "get off the cross...we need the wood for the fire", where jesus is smoking a cigarette and drinking an MGD.

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Submitted by MJS on

Surely this angel has some say in how his likeness is used? Or can we mortals act with impunity, and trademark all that is "sacred?" Many "White & Delightsome" Christians have asserted proprietary rights around patriotism, god, decency, etc. If they claim they are offended when somebody mocks them, is the mocker to desist his/her mockery?

Irreverance is, from where I levitate, the height of respect: As Terry Gilliam has stated numerous times "If you can't make fun of it you can't treat it seriously." Now, having noted that, I do draw my own lines that others may trespass, but its my abstract boundary, not theirs. But trademarking angels? Heaven forfend!

p.s. The joke doesn't work with Buddha, because as r@d@r notes "...his whole deal is not giving a damn anyway..."--a rather glib summary, but so be it.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

there is no 'special' privilege for religious iconography. as was said in the piece, produce trademark proof, and they will desist. oh, what's that? you can't trademark a religious icon? well, that's really too bad...i mean, i thought organized religions already were corporations! so glad to hear they're not.

one of the core values contained in the first amendment: mocking religion. it's a t-shirt, and no churches were burned in the making. moron-worshippers are 'protected,' just fine.