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Jul 13, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

Josh Hamilton shirt

Josh Hamilton is branching out:

ScriptureArt—the Raleigh and Dallas-based creator of Christian gifts, home decor and clothing is pleased to announce the debut of a new line of clothing inspired by the life and testimony of Major League Baseball All-Star, Josh Hamilton.

“Josh has been amazingly transparent and out front about his struggles and about how his faith has helped him overcome them,” says ScriptureArt co-founder Kelly Shiley. “His input was instrumental in helping us create designs that express that faith and dependence on God in authentic and graphically compelling ways.”

You can browse and purchase here if you want. Be sure to get yours before the hipster atheists start wearing them ironically.

  1. Stacey - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Oh God…

    • mattyflex - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      Oh, God.

      • number42is1 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM

        OH GOD! Part II

      • cleverbob - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:02 PM

        That’s what she said (except for the Part II).

      • Stacey - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        Oh. God.

      • nolanwiffle - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:59 PM

        WHAT??! I’m pretty busy up here, people!

  2. Innocent Bystander - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    I’ll wear mine to an Aints game!

    • kopy - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      Mr. Paul wouldn’t like that one bit. What if this Athiesm Night catches on? Will we have a Mr. Louis Ardinals game? Cardinals can be ordained Catholic Bishops, you see.

      • thefalcon123 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        You could have a lot of fun ones while omitting religious references:

        The Los Ngeles Ngles
        The Senor Diego Padres
        The Senor Francisco Giants
        The Tampa Bay Rays…

        …wait

      • hotkarlsandwich - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:32 PM

        SinSinatti Reds

  3. wendell7 - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Um, …. no

  4. Matt D. - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    I’m not a religious person, though I think it’s great that Josh Hamilton’s faith has helped him to overcome addiction.

    Regardless of that, doesn’t the Bible kind of advise against public displays of devotion?

    • F14TRex.com - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      For recognition’s sake, yes. But it is clear that you’re not supposed to hide it.

    • rooney24 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      Actually, I think many religions want their followers to “spread the word”. This would just be one way of doing that. And, to most people, it would be less bothersome than someone knocking at your door.

      • thefalcon123 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:52 PM

        Good point. The Christian religion is pretty obscure in this country. Roughly 85% of the population is unaware of Jesus or what the cross is. But add the words iBelieve…well, most people will still think it’s a new Apple Product, but you might convince a few.

      • Matt D. - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:54 PM

        You know, it never really occurred to me before how the whole evangelism requirement might not jive too well with the “don’t worship in public” requirement. Interesting.

  5. cleverbob - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    I’ll take a baseball cap with a bottle opener built into the brim, please.

  6. cur68 - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Hey man, Dog is MY co-pilot. You don’t need no t-shirt when its like that. Pocket full of kibble and frisbee, and you are ready to roll.

    • thefalcon123 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      Doesn’t “co-pilot” imply that you are the captain and have supervisory authority over God? Wouldn’t “I’m God’s co-pilot” make a lot more sense?

      • cur68 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        Dunno about that ‘god’ stuff. I let Dog do my thinking & co-piloting for me. She has good dog-sense, a better nose than me, a handsome furry black and white colour motif and only wishes to bring destruction upon squirrels and motorcycles. I just steer the car and, so long as get to the off-leash park in one piece, she just provides colour commentary and lets me get on with the piloting.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      My heeler gets the idea he can drive better than me from time to time. And that my right hang belongs on his head, not on the gear shifter.

      • cur68 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        Had the same problem with my c-pilot, re. where my right hand aught to be. Got an automatic for the first time in my life and no longer have this problem: hand firmly on Dog’s head now. Thank Dog for steering wheel control buttons.

  7. Jonny 5 - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    “Be sure to get yours before the hipster atheists will be wearing them ironically.”

    Not before endlessly bashing them and Hamilton for making them though, kinda like how they all piled on religion and the people who follow it then patted themselves on the back for it here. http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/12/leave-your-god-at-home-its-atheism-night-at-the-ballpark/

    I’d be ashamed by that display if I was shallow enough to join in all that. I saw not one religious person say one negative word against atheism, or try to push their views on anyone in that thread. But the “hipster Atheists” sure were and were congratulated for it in the comments section. Pathetic really when you think about it.

    • kopy - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      I’m not taking sides, but I’m definitely attending the Mr. Paul Aints game. It’s going to be quite a spectacle, to say the least. The St. Paul Saints have always used gimmicks to sell tickets, and now that an outdoor baseball stadium in Minnesota isn’t a gimmick, they’re getting aggressive. I envision a lot of fights, arguments, and protesting.

    • Old Gator - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      Johnny, you’ve never been to a meeting of the Kansas school board textbook committee, have you?

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      Just pointing out the hypocrisy. “We’re the smart ones” ” they shove religion down our throats” “they listen to invisible people in their heads” blah, blah, blah. I don’t want to hear it, it’s bullsh!t if you ask me. I’m not a religious person, and I never feel my rights are violated by any religion or their followers. I am my own man and nobody has the power to change that, and I expect all men to feel that way so when I hear about religious people “pushing” their views on people I think it’s silly. If the only result is you’re annoyed by it all then I hope you also have a huge problem with traffic, gas prices, using public transportation, etc…. Write a long diatribe about that, it’s much less personal. Speaking of equality then raising such a stink against religion is highly hypocritical imo.

      • Matt D. - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:04 PM

        I’m pleased that you don’t feel that your rights are violated by religion, but your experience is far from universal. Virtually everyone fighting to make/keep gay marriage illegal are doing so for religious reasons (or for political expedience, thanks to reliance on a religious voter base, if you want to be jaded about it… and I do). I have to assume that you don’t deny the truth of this… so how does that fit with the idea that religion never interferes with the rights of others?

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:43 PM

        If the Phils keep Cole till the end of the season and lose him in free agency, I might suggest a Peoples Temple Night. Dollar dogs and free punch for everyone.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        Matt D.

        “so how does that fit with the idea that religion never interferes with the rights of others?”

        First of all, I never said it doesn’t interfere with the rights of “others”, I said “my rights”.

        Secondly, My entire point was directed at the hypocrisy of Atheists picking apart people because of their religious beliefs while claiming to be fair and unbiased, using the same tactics as religious people have for years to prove superiority over others. Seriously though, just be what you claim to be and you won’t hear a peep from me. I wasn’t aware atheists could be so “holier than thou”.

      • Matt D. - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        So, the implication, then, is that as long as your rights aren’t encroached upon, then everything’s fine? I don’t mean to be flippant here, but your whole point hinges on how religion has never interfered with your life, when really, you’re probably in the minority on that score. It just doesn’t hold up. I think atheists tend to get vocal (sometimes in unpleasant ways, I’ll admit) because religion really does permeate most aspects of life in this country. It’s hard to keep cool about the whole issue when the religious right keeps banging the anti-gay marriage drum, among other things. Yes, we could all be more civil, but really neither side is blameless and, in all likelihood, neither side is as bad as the other would have you believe.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        “So, the implication, then, is that as long as your rights aren’t encroached upon, then everything’s fine? I don’t mean to be flippant here, but your whole point hinges on how religion has never interfered with your life”

        No, that wasn’t my point. That was an observation from my own experiences.

        “I think atheists tend to get vocal (sometimes in unpleasant ways, I’ll admit) because religion really does permeate most aspects of life in this country. It’s hard to keep cool about the whole issue when the religious right keeps banging the anti-gay marriage drum, among other things. Yes, we could all be more civil, but really neither side is blameless and, in all likelihood, neither side is as bad as the other would have you believe.”

        Yes, that’s what I’m saying. And I’m saying that if you want to be atheist you don’t have to be “unpleasantly vocal” about how you feel about those who don’t agree with it. I also don’t think religion permeates most aspects of life in this country either. I’m agnostic and don’t see it. That’s a falsehood right in line with “Gay marriage is going to ruin America” or “non Muslims are infidels” imo.

      • Matt D. - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:36 PM

        The Pledge of Allegiance has a “one nation under God” in it, so every child is exposed to religious ideology in public schools on a daily basis. Major political issues (sex ed, gay marriage, abortion, school curriculums and a laundry list of others) hinge on religious arguments. Hell, if you go to a baseball game in the US, you’re going to hear “God Bless America.” The vast majority of people in this country are Christian, so you’re going to hear people talking about their religious beliefs. If you’re especially lucky (like me!), you’ll have coworkers who bring in pamphlets looking to convert people and spend their entire lunch break loudly raving about how five church visits in a week just aren’t enough. Religious holidays (admittedly, now highly commercialized) are major focal points of the year. Most weddings and funerals happen in churches as religious services. Watch the presidential debates when they happen and see whether either of the candidates mentions religion. Because they will. Religion is absolutely everywhere. I don’t if you genuinely don’t see it somehow or if you’re just avoiding an uncomfortable point.

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

        Matt, what you mention at the most is annoying, at the least is a traditional song where “god” has little meaning. In my eyes. It is not shoving religion down anyone’s throat. If these are the things you must fight then what’s next? Church bells? Churches? What?

        Sure “one nation under God” exposes children to ideology in school. It doesn’t teach them to believe it by any means. But in many schools children are also taught it’s ok to be gay which goes against the religions of those who take that chant seriously. They are taught about sex, abortion, and given condoms too which goes against many religions. We can not cater to one crowd in this country obviously. Maybe you care too much just like religious people do? These things you mention seem very trivial to me and I don’t see this as forcing anything on anyone where as in our education system we are forcing children to learn to accept and embrace what they are taught is wrong and a sin on every Sunday.

        Now you got me off track. My point was from the beginning that atheists should treat religion very gingerly. It isn’t right to just openly trash a person because they don’t share your view on religion. Just like it isn’t OK for Christians to say the Muslim faith is bogus or vice versa. or a person to be trashed over their race. It’s too personal.

      • cleverbob - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:10 AM

        It’s not just Christian vs Atheist. My wife is Buddhist, and it can be very uncomfortable for her when things get a little too “rah-rah Jesus”. I find it a very disengenuous when the majority religion in our nation claims persecution from all the various minority religions.

        I also find evangelism for any creed or belief to be obnoxious, especially when its a major tenet of your belief system. No one likes to be told their religion, or absence of one, is wrong. It’s hubris in the worst way.

    • thefalcon123 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Did we read the same comments section?

  8. darthicarus - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Steve Jobs is going to posthumously sue for the iBelieve shirt.

  9. Tim OShenko - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    So ripping off Apple to create an “iBelieve” t-shirt counts as an “authentic and graphically compelling” expression of faith? Okay…

    Hell, what do I know? I’m neither into appropriating corporate logos nor wearing my faith on my sleeve (or embossed across my chest), so I’m among the last people who would find such a shirt at all appealing.

    • mattyflex - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      These shirts are about as “graphically compelling” as the new Gap logo.

      http://imagemaven.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/gap-new-logo-header.jpg?w=640&h=392&crop=1

  10. SmackSaw - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Oh, God no.

  11. chill1184 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Religious joking aside, Im happy for Hamilton that he was able to turn his career around after he episodes with drugs and alcohol. I do hope he does get a world series ring before he hangs up his cleats.

  12. Old Gator - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Oh god o god o god o god o….EEEEEK! Someone’s looking in the window!

  13. rooney24 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    I believe…….that everyone should be allowed to believe whatever they want. At least up to a point. I’m not really okay with any religion/belief that would include human sacrifice or killing or maiming people in any other way.

    • cleverbob - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Way to take a stand?

  14. bigleagues - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Why are Agnostics always left out in the war between the absolutists?!

    • nixonotis - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      Agnostics are no fun to argue with.

    • deepstblu - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      I don’t know.

    • bigleagues - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      I worded that wrong. It was meant to be a bit of a pun:

      Why are Agnostics always caught in between the war between the absolutists?

  15. thatyankeedude - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Good for josh, a man of faith is a strong man

    • nixonotis - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      What about a really strong atheist? Like a bodybuilding atheist with combat training?

      • Old Gator - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:19 PM

        Well, I guess if it’s OK to be gay in the military now, it’s probably OK to be an atheist in a foxhole.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 14, 2012 at 4:52 AM

      That’s such a stupid comment

      • bigmeechy74 - Jul 14, 2012 at 4:54 AM

        BTW I’m referring to the guy who said “good for josh, a man of faith is a strong man.” Man i am just seething at how stupid that is

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