Taken from my blog:

When I'm not at college I'm back at my hometown which happens to be near the largest naval port in the world, and as such a lot of people have the "Support our troops" yellow ribbons on their cars. This is fine, I'm totally for supporting the brave men and women who fight for us, but what I have a problem with is how these ribbons are used. In case you don't know, the ribbons look like this:

yellowribbonNotice how it is vertical, that's because it's a play on the idea of tying a yellow ribbon around a tree as a symbol of waiting for a loved one to return home, like a soldier. The problem is, I see a lot of people turning it sideways, in which case it looks like a christian fish:

yellowribbon2Now I'm pretty sure some people don't turn it sideways intentionally because they think it looks like the christian fish, but I'm sure some people do. We are after all fighting Muslim extremists.... But the US military, despite all the evangelizing that has been going on for decades, in not an official christian force, and there are plenty of atheists out there fighting and dying to keep America safe. Turning the ribbon on the side just really grinds my gears...

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Comment by HotMess on March 14, 2009 at 11:38pm
Honestly, I'm trying to support the military, especially the Marines, but try to explain to them about WHY we invaded Iraq ...
Comment by Jim DePaulo on March 14, 2009 at 12:31pm
I enjoy your historical insights. That explanation is one of those things one knows but forgot they knew it.
When I was 12 or 13 my extended, Italian, family priest, Father Shehee (great guy - knew a 1000 jokes and loved his bourbon) related that tidbit to me. One of my cousins had ask why the fish was used and I (in my infinite wisdom) told him it was because Peter was a fisherman so they picked a fish. At that point Father Shehee joined in and provided the correct answer to the qustion.
Comment by Dustin Sanders on March 14, 2009 at 1:33am
I know, but it's been taken over as such, just like nobody thinks of a swastika as a the symbol for dharma either.
Comment by Eli on March 13, 2009 at 6:36pm
I've seen a lot of sideways ribbons accompanying the Jesus fish and other christian bumper stickers, I do believe it is an intentional orientation of the sticker for many.
Comment by Moonbeam on March 13, 2009 at 5:34pm
I never realized that's what they were trying to signify.

"Support Our Troops" means "I'm against Freedom of Speech" anyway.



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