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June 30, 2012


Get Your “My Bishop was Indicted by TEC” T-Shirts!

As TEC continues to cast its net far and wide in its never-ending quest to quell any dissent, some enterprising capitalist sees opportunity.

TEC is sure doing its part to open up a wide audience for the merchandise.


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If it only came in purple.  I’ll order one, +Howe was once my bishop.

[1] Posted by Fr. Chip, SF on 6-30-2012 at 07:33 PM · [top]

Captions need to be a lot bigger in order to be readable on CafePress.

[2] Posted by wyclif on 6-30-2012 at 07:54 PM · [top]

Hmmm. Do they have a t-shirt that adds-  the charges were dropped ! :0
If so, I would be interested!

[3] Posted by SC blu cat lady on 6-30-2012 at 07:59 PM · [top]

I went to GenCon and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.

[4] Posted by The Little Myrmidon on 6-30-2012 at 08:01 PM · [top]

We could also make up some shirts for 815- you know “I deposed 21 bishops, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt”.

[5] Posted by tjmcmahon on 6-30-2012 at 08:08 PM · [top]

They need a better design.  Then lots of folks would get them whether their bishop was charged or not! wink

[6] Posted by old lady on 6-30-2012 at 10:18 PM · [top]

I would say:

‘My courageous bishop stood up for TEC and God bless him for it’

[7] Posted by Pageantmaster ن [Repent Justin Welby] on 7-1-2012 at 12:24 AM · [top]

Nowadays, nearly any minute print shop can make a one-off text-based t-shirt, just for you. Purple? No problem.

What someone needs to do is come up with a catchier caption and a cute graphic.

[8] Posted by Ralph on 7-1-2012 at 06:16 AM · [top]

Hey, we’re working on “I am Jim Stanton” buttons.  Join in the campaign; update your Facebook status with, “I am [insert name of your fav member of the TIV 9].”

[9] Posted by Michael+ on 7-1-2012 at 07:20 AM · [top]

These might go well with the “Occupy 815” shirts I’m working on.

[10] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 7-1-2012 at 08:20 AM · [top]

There you go, 7 and 10 are MUCH better, except, I think that Pageantmaster meant “My courageous bishop stood up TO TEC…”

[11] Posted by old lady on 7-1-2012 at 08:45 AM · [top]

#11 Interesting point old lady.  From what I read there are two TEC’s: the lawful constitutional TEC grounded in its constitution, history and canons; and the new make-it-up-as-you-go-along TEC where every day is a new day as Year Zero is declared, and the Presiding Bishop and her chancellor decide what the constitution, rules or budget [as the case may be] for that particular day is.  So it may be that whether they are standing up for the former or against the latter, both you and I may be correct.  Or…at least I think that’s right.  Just a minute, I must check with Mr Beers and Ms Wells.

[12] Posted by Pageantmaster ن [Repent Justin Welby] on 7-1-2012 at 08:55 AM · [top]

Don’t you people know it is the Year of the Dictator?  Rule by fiat?  Tec got a slight jump on the USA but the end results appear to be about the same.

[13] Posted by Jackie on 7-1-2012 at 09:24 AM · [top]

OT: Are any of the SF team going to Indianapolis for GC?

[14] Posted by Paul Powers on 7-1-2012 at 11:31 AM · [top]

Sorry Pageantmaster, I interpreted it my own way when you meant it another!  I guess either way can be misinterpreted.  How about:  Save TEC from 815?  Is that clear?  Maybe it can go on the back of the Occupy 815 shirt.

[15] Posted by old lady on 7-1-2012 at 11:40 AM · [top]

The problem with these T-shirts is that they are premature—Bishop Matthews has not decided whether to refer the charges to the Reference Panel yet. A more accurate message would be:

MY BISHOP GOT WORD THAT SOMEBODY TOLD DBB* HE SAID THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH WAS AN UNHEIRARCHICAL GALLIMAUFRY OF AUTONOMOUS DIOCESES

and all I got was this lousy T-shirt.
______________
*DBB=“the Disciplinary Board for Bishops” or “David Booth Beers” - they are one and the same.

[16] Posted by A. S. Haley on 7-1-2012 at 11:55 AM · [top]

Love the idea of a T-shirt! So proud of my bishop, Bishop Love!

[17] Posted by Nellie on 7-1-2012 at 03:29 PM · [top]

Why Marcus Borg is partially to blame for this:

Another comical detail along these lines: the public prosecutor in the show trial against the “United Trotskyte-Zinovievite Centre” published a list of those that this “Centre” was planning to assassinate (Stalin, Kirov, Zhdanov…); this list became “a bizarre honor since inclusion signified proximity to Stalin.” [7] Although Molotov was on good personal terms with Stalin, he was shocked to discover that he is not on the list: what did this sign mean? Just a warning from Stalin, or an indication that soon it will be his turn to be arrested? Indeed, the secret of the Egyptians were secrets also for the Egyptians themselves. It was the Stalinist Soviet Union which was the true “empire of signs.”

A story told by Soviet linguist Eric Han-Pira provides a perfect example of the total semantic saturation of this “empire of signs,” the semantic saturation which, precisely, relies on the emptying of direct denotative meaning. For many years, when the Soviet media announced the funeral ceremonies of a member of high nomenklatura, used a clichŽ formulation: “buried on Red Square by the Kremlin wall.” In the 1960s, however, because of the lack of space, most of the newly deceased dignitaries were cremated and urns with their ashes were placed in niches inside the wall itself - yet the same old clichŽ was used in press statements. This incongruity compelled fifteen members of the Russian Language Institute of the Soviet Academy of Sciences to write a letter to the Central Committee of the Communist Party, suggesting that the phrase be modified to fit the current reality: “The urn with ashes was placed in the Kremlin wall.” Several weeks later, a representative of the Central Committee phoned the Institute, informing them that the Central Committee had discussed their suggestion and decided to keep the old formulation; he gave no reasons for this decision. [8] According to the rules that regulate the Soviet “empire of signs,” the CC was right: the change would not be perceived as simply registering the fact that dignitaries are now cremated and their ashes placed in the wall itself; any deviation from the standard formula would be interpreted as a sign, triggering a frenzied interpretive activity. So, since there was no message to be delivered, why change things? One may oppose to this conclusion the possibility of a simple “rational” solution: why not change the formulation and add an explanation that it means nothing, that it just registers a new reality? Such a “rational” approach totally misses the logic of the Soviet “empire of signs”: since, in it, EVERYTHING has some meaning, even and ESPECIALLY a denial of meaning, such a denial would trigger an even more frantic interpretive activity - it would be read not only as a meaningful sign within a given, well established, semiotic space, but as a much stronger meta-semantic indication that the very basic rules of this semiotic space are changing, thus causing total perplexity, panic even! Some Soviet Leaders retained a sense of irony and displayed a dark sense of humor with regard to this total plasticity of facts; when, in early 1956, Anastas Mikoyan flew to Budapest to inform the Hungarian ultra-Stalinist leader Matyas Rakosi of the Moscow’s decision to depose him, he told Rakosi: “The Soviet leadership has decided you are ill. You will need treatment in Moscow.”
—Slavoj Zizek, “Stalinism” http://www.lacan.com/zizstalin.htm

[18] Posted by The Plantagenets on 7-1-2012 at 03:46 PM · [top]

The shirt idea is cool, but it’s so yesterday.  MY bishop has already been deposed by TEC.

[19] Posted by Ann Castro on 7-5-2012 at 07:56 AM · [top]

No chance in **** here in Chi-town.  Had to shake the dust off our feet long ago.

[20] Posted by Summersnow on 7-5-2012 at 09:51 AM · [top]

I’d like to see one that says “I wish my bishop (Andrew Waldo) would be indicted by anyone! I didn’t think even he could hose up DUSC this fast.

[21] Posted by Charles III on 7-5-2012 at 04:55 PM · [top]

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