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Pork Eating Crusader': Is 'Infidel' Apparel and Gear Gaining Popularity With the Troops?


"...his most popular item by far is the 'Pork Eating Crusader Patch.'"

A line of "Infidel" apparel and gear is reportedly gaining popularity among the troops overseas.  According to Business Insider's Robert Johnson:

With tensions at an all time high in Afghanistan following the Koran burnings, the urination video, and the killing of 16 civilians, attention is now falling on a long line of "Infidel" apparel and gear.

Exhausted from how they feel they're being perceived, troops have taken to wearing patches and carrying items that label themselves infidels, and offer translation in local dialect.


Military.com tracked down Clayton Montgomery at Mil-Spec Monkey, a large online seller of infidel gear, who says his most popular item by far is the "Pork Eating Crusader Patch."

The patch includes an image of a knight in a Crusade's tunic, eating what appears to be a large ham hock, and lest there be any confusion — a translation in Arabic.

There's even an "Infidel" zippo, which is advertised as, "This one is small enough to hold some personal meaning and not be in-your-face to everyone you meet. It’s perfect for pulling out at just the right moment to get the full effect."

The website "Islamic Awakening" has a thread discussing the new trend.  There, people have responded by saying things like, "you are what you eat," and "hopefully he [the man from the photo] got grilled by an IED."

Do you think the "Infidel" line is deliberately and unnecessarily provocative, or is it a sarcastic way to embrace the insults?

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