T-shirt: "I am not a terrorist," in Arabic

Tim Murtaugh tells BoingBoing,
After reading about blogger Raed Jarrar's experience at JFK (he was forced to take off a shirt with Arabic writing on it or miss his flight), I finally stopped being depressed about the war on terror and began being proactively pissed off. I made this shirt, which says "I am not a terrorist" in Arabic. I plan to wear it every time I go to the airport from now on.
On the t-shirt site, Tim says: "All the shirts are set to $1.00 more than the Spreadshirt base price – all profits will be sent to the ACLU."

Reader comment: George Murray says,

Xeni, Thanks for linking to the Arabic shirt. I just bought one. I'm a 6' 2", 220lbs white guy with red hair and an Scottish last name. I wonder what will happen when I try to wear it while flying from St. John's to Toronto in September. I'll let you know.

One thing: are we sure it doesn't say "I've got the mother of all bombs up my ass, please check"? Cause that would be bad.

Cindy Mosqueda says,
black lava, has had a shirt reading the same thing for a while. a muslim friend named mohammad wears the shirt all the time, but leaves doesn't wear it when he's going to fly somewhere. i guess he has enough trouble with the name mohammad. Link



  1. Looking for a T shirt thatI saw a couple of years ago. It was written in yellow ARABIC script on a green shirt. The the translation was “I support Israeli Defnse Force4s.”

    Anybody seen this shirt. I’d sure like to get onje to wear into arab owned businesses !

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    In that spirit, I beg, nay implore you to delete the above comment by NOOBSAIBOT. She or he is not a “troll;” just someone that (sic) wants to scare the simple readers of BoingBoing.

  4. to Swigsomehooch:

    The idea that freedon of speech should only protect the speech you like entirely misses the point of freedom of speech.

    Frankly I would prefer to see noobsaibot’s posting with the vowels so that I can see for myself that he is an idiot.

    Trying to understand what he said in the disemvowled form is time consuming and frustrating, but of course boingboing has a right to not even publish his posts at all. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean someone else has to publish your ideas. It just means you can.

  5. To Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous:

    The idea that freedon (sic) of speech should only protect the speech you like entirely misses the point of freedom of speech.

    Oh really? Thank you so much for clearing that up. I missed that entirely.

    Or perhaps you missed the point of my post entirely.


  6. (And to anyone who thinks I succeeded in having NOOBSAIBOT’s post removed: Hah! I have no standing or influence with the BoingBoing staff and I have no doubt that they were able to read the irony in my first comment. I do think the disemvoweling was warranted, but I wish they hadn’t deleted the comment.)

  7. Cool! Thanks! Maybe I have more power than I thought! Mwa ha ha ha!!!

    Nope. Didn’t think so. ;-)

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