Wednesday, July 13, 2005

For the longest time, the only car ribbon magnets I saw were yellow and red-white-and-blue "support the troop" type ones and pink breast cancer awareness ones. Now, all of a sudden, I'm seeing a proliferation of random car magnets. A minivan on my block has a "spay and neuter" ribbon. At the dry cleaners, I saw a Mercedes SUV with an "autism awareness" ribbon. (That one was cool: it's got multicolored puzzle pieces on it. On the other hand, there is no awareness ribbon that could make a Mercedes SUV anything but obnoxious.) But the one that I'm seeing everywhere is a red ribbon that says "covered in the blood of Jesus."

Today I went to my neighborhood drug store, and I realized that's where the "covered in the blood of Jesus" magnets are coming from. There was a big stack of them by the cash register, next to the condoms and the "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" promotional chocolate bars. I'm a little weirded out by this. First of all, as far as I can tell, these red ribbons have nothing to do with AIDS. And to me, red ribbons belong to AIDS. You don't get the appropriate the universal symbol of AIDS awareness in order to further Christianity awareness. Sorry. But also, it just seems a little odd to me that the drug store is selling Christian paraphernalia. I don't have a problem with it, but I want some confirmation that the drug store is not run by religious nutjobs who are going to decide it's sinful to stock contraception or something.

Anyway, I took it upon myself to hunt for some progressive car magnet ribbons. Funky Ribbons has anti-war, vegetarian, geeky ("support open source") and random ("support local music"; "I like sex") ribbons. Here's a lovely blue "bring home our troops" ribbon. These guys make nice non-ribbon magnets. You can get yellow "support the troops/ end the war now" ribbons here. I will post more if I find them.

I randomly ended up on your blog and just wanted to say that the ribbons ARE actually for AIDS.

Christian people can not continually ignore the AIDS pandemic and its a way to help Christian people understand that AIDS is not some 'dirty' disease that strikes 'sinners,' but rather something that we should be praying about and helping to find a cure for.

My dad was HIV positive when he died. and he was a pastor. so its about time Christians wake up....

just an FYI. :-)
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If you have a teenager driving under a permit, the safety magnets at Auto Safety Magnets are such a great idea. They are easy to put on and take off and alert other drivers that there is a new driver behind the wheel.
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