TACTICAL COMMENTARY: Infidel Shirts Are Fucking Stupid

Operators totally wear Infidel Shirts

Ever since we started dropping bombs, kicking ass, and taking names in Afghanistan and Iraq, I started seeing all these infidel shirts, hats and other stupid infidel branded shit popping up for sale online. Generally I file gay tactical stuff like this under the “Multicam” category in my brain and go on with my day.

But lately there has been an explosion in Infidel branded crap being peddled on every corner of the internet. I figure it is only a matter of time before people start making Dog Sweaters with “infidel” written on the back so they can look like “operators” while walking their dog in the park.

The first thing that makes these shirts stupid is the fact that the term “infidel” is an insult. Someone wearing an Infidel shirt is the equivalent of someone wearing a shirt that says “Les américains sont des Idiots” in French [Americans are Idiots] or a shirt that just says “Fuck Christianity.”

Yes people, the term “Infidel” is an insult, so it just doesn’t make any sense at all to wear a shirt that basically says “I am a piece of shit unbeliever of any religion or belief.”

Now the justification some folks use for wearing Infidel Shirts is “We are taking the word Infidel back as a way to insult the insulters” [something like “nanny, nanny boo-boo stick your head in doo-doo” or some other intelligent reason].

Sure I agree – fuck the folks that call us Infidels, but at the same time why would you want to toss everyone in the Middle East in the same asshole basket.

mmmm… Should I wear my super tight Infidel or Affliction shirt to the grocery store today?

Something like 90% of the Security Contractors on my team are Iraqis, most of these guys have been working with and helping the US from as far back as 2003. Countless other Iraqis and Afghan allies  have giver their lives protecting US personnel, cargo, and bases, as Civilian Security Contractors.

That is probably why I have never seen any actual Operators wear an Infidel shirt and I have sure as hell never seen anyone wear one here in theater [you know a shirt is gay if even a FOBBIT wouldn’t wear one]. I honestly really don’t know anyone who even owns one. I guess maybe they are popular to wear at gun ranges in the States so you look like a tough guy or something.

So basically wearing an Infidel Shirt screams “I have never pulled a trigger in the Middle East.” They are not quite as douchebag as wearing 5.11’s and a tight ass Affliction shirt to Starbucks, but they still scream “I am a Wannabe Operator.”

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~James G
Founder – Editor in Chief

James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns, writing poorly written articles and Buying T-Shirts that Actually Fit.

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220 thoughts on “TACTICAL COMMENTARY: Infidel Shirts Are Fucking Stupid”

  1. Last time we went to go pick up a new group of guys at Bagram, we ran into a guy with said shirt. He had a bunch of these idiot shirts. I told him to shit can them. The first mission we took him on, he wore one. He never rode out with us again and we sent him back to Iraq to play Fobbit commando

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  2. Everyone has an opinion………..Here’s mine: The enemy who want’s to call us an “infidel” or “Kafir,” uses the term for those who don’t believe in their God / Allah. Who by the way apparently allows them to rape, kill, mame, cut off heads, drag our soldiers mutilated bodies down the street and hang bodies from bridges. Oh yeah, and your fellow operators from the former Blackwater Group.etc. anyone who disagrees with their God / Allah. My God and J.C. know who I am and how I feel. So, my INFIDEL STRONG shirt I’m wearing right now………….is to let those bastards know, that I DON’T BELIEVE IN THEIR GOD/ALLAH!
    Sincerly,
    “Bottom of my Danner Boot!”

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    1. Amen, just got an Infidel Tshirt last month. Been sporting it around a lot. I was in Iraq in 05 and I just like wearing this for the same reason.

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    2. I bought a sweet infidel long sleeve that has a nice dont tread on me snake as well. Some people dont understand why true patriots like myself wear this clothing. try understanding is making a point to obomber and his bullshit wars. Yes, obviously that goes to skull member bush too.

      WE ARE STRONG AND UNDIVIDED.

      1984=1776

      tools, stop making retarded stories about something if that said story has NOTHING to do with why people wear this shirt. YOU FUCKING IDIOT. lol

      p.s. get ur gear here my brothers:

      http://www.gadsdenandculpeper.com

      ready-n-waiting ;)

      ex CTR1 USN. aka the fucking person who knows shit.

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    3. I bought a sweet infidel long sleeve that has a nice dont tread on me snake as well. Some people dont understand why true patriots like myself wear this clothing. try understanding is making a point to obomber and his bullshit wars. Yes, obviously that goes to skull member bush too.

      WE ARE STRONG AND UNDIVIDED.

      1984=1776

      tools, stop making retarded stories about something if that said story has NOTHING to do with why people wear this shirt. YOU FUCKING IDIOT. lol

      p.s. get ur gear here my brothers:

      http://www.gadsdenandculpeper.com

      ready-n-waiting ;)

      ex CTR1 USN. aka the fucking person who knows shit.

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    4. I bought a sweet infidel long sleeve that has a nice dont tread on me snake as well. Some people dont understand why true patriots like myself wear this clothing. try understanding is making a point to obomber and his bullshit wars. Yes, obviously that goes to skull member bush too.

      WE ARE STRONG AND UNDIVIDED.

      1984=1776

      tools, stop making retarded stories about something if that said story has NOTHING to do with why people wear this shirt. YOU FUCKING IDIOT. lol

      p.s. get ur gear here my brothers:

      http://www.gadsdenandculpeper.com

      ready-n-waiting ;)

      ex CTR1 USN. aka the fucking person who knows shit.

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      1. If that’s the emblem on it then that’s not an infidel shirt it’s a three percenter shirt and the 3% refers to back in Britain in the colonial days the 3% of the people who would not give up there gun rights and give up there guns to the government!

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    5. Amen, Brother..

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    6. You said “who apparently allows them to…” because even you don’t seriously believe that that BS is true. When you say that Muslims are allowed to “rape, kill, mame, cut off heads, drag our soldiers mutilated bodies down the street and hang bodies from bridges,” you should listen to that little voice in the back of your head that says “come on, you don’t really believe that, do ya?” In any case, if you are any form of Christian, then you believe in Allah because Allah literally translates to God in Arabic (and has been so since long before the founding of Islam). Did you know that Arabic speaking Christians in the Middle East refer to God as Allah?

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    Many of You people have totally missed the point of this article

    ~James G

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    1. anyone who uses the word gay to describe things they don’t like is a cock guzzling douche bag. i bet you like to say bro all the time too. what exactly was the point of this article? you don’t like the infidel gear so it must be “gay”. we don’t fault you for wearing red neck rebel flag gear or hanging with fat redneck women in daisy dukes do we?

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      1. Dude, don’t be gay about this.

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        1. If calling shit “gay” is gay, how can I call people out on them being gay without becoming gay myself? LOL

          BTW, not only are all locals in the ME not bad guys, not all gay guys are prancing wanna-be girls who can’t take care of even themselves. There are plenty of gay guys in the service (and private contractors) who have your back (no, not THAT way). They might deny it, you might not believe it, but they’re there and possibly have saved your bacon. So quit worrying about who is and who isn’t. They don’t care that you wanna fuck ugly fat chicks, so why do you care who they fuck? No, I’m not, but I’m proud to say I have some gay and lesbian friends, and they’re good people. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be my friends.

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      2. I have to agree, infidel flair is gay.
        Any flair that marks you as an “operator” only succeeds in making you look like a fool.
        A gay fool.
        Your ridiculous excuses make no difference, you are a silly mall ninja looking for attention.

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    2. You pretty much shot yourself in the foot with this one… How do you expect people to respect what you have to say when you reduce yourself to calling names? You, sir, miss the point. I served but NOT in war. I have lost friends and have several who lost limbs. The reason I wear the hat is because a dangerous enemy is determined to destroy our way of life because we do not live by THEIR religion. In addition it os our way of showing support for the men and women who fight for us against this enemy. The old definition of infidel is no longer valid… The new definition of infidel is anyone who will not stand for the oppression of ANY individuals religious beliefs.
      The fact that you served in Afghanistan earns you my gratitude regardless of your comments. The fact that you are an american gives you the right to pass judgement in the obscene manner you chose. The fact that I am an american gives me the right to disagree with you and wear the hat.

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      1. Oh, by the way, I am a combat veteran. I carried my rifle in the sandbox, and used it.

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      2. Nice! Well said!

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      3. Yeah, this makes no sense – you\’re going to wear an “Infidel” shirt to the ME because you DON\’T stand for shitting on other people\’s beliefs? Not buying it. The Infidel stuff is for puffed-up wannabe Crusader toughguys that just still don\’t get it, haven\’t learned a thing in a decade, don\’t even know who\’s been helping us out, it\’s just dated and cheap as hell, juvenile, totally played. All you\’re doing is playing into the enemy\’s hands by acting like this IS totally and 100% about religion vs. a shrinking handful of organized groups that are nutbars using unacceptable tactics in the civilized world. You\’re part of the problem. What\’s also hilarious is half the guys wearing these would blow a gasket if you said the first wrong word about their own chosen church or book – some “Infidels” huh? That is what marks it out as a gigantic pose to me. You\’re no “infidel” if you\’re up your own about your own chosen piety, you\’re just playing for a different team, while also making problems worse. So just stop with this stuff.

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    3. you never got the point

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  4. And here’s mine, the guy who posted the original comment or argument should check his hands for hair, enough said……………………

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  5. I got curious because I saw an “Armed Infidel” bumper sticker next to some Veteran stuff on the back of a GMC Jimmy near Lewis McChord, I couldn’t ask him at 65 mph if he was gay or a jerk-off.
    I’m not an operator, whatever that is, just another veteran.

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  6. P.S. “You’re gay” is right up there with that thing you said as an insult, but then I guess your target audience has the Beavis & Butthead box set?

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  7. You are right people who call themselves Kafer /infidel are only offending themselves. It is actually kinda funny. I know Arabic language and the word actually means non believer of God in no way does it mean non believer in Islamic way. It is a general term for atheists who are against God. So anyone wearing this shirt is basically announcing that he is against religion and God. This how in Arabic it is used; I know becz I’m Arabic. Muslim and Arabic people will not be offended by it becz you are saying you don’t believe in anything about God and it has nothing to do with specisific religion ( Islam). It is a general term that means non believer of God.

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    1. Sheeit, I ddin’t know it meant unbeliever in all ridiculous religions, Ima go buy several now!

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    2. You gave yourself up there at the end…..Of course your going to try to stop people from using this….the fact is it does not mean “Atheist”…except to Muslims, because to Muslims if you are not one of them you are an unbeliever, if you believe anything but their way you are the same as an atheist. Christen, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindi, hell, every other faith is an atheist to a Muslim, because they don’t buy into their belief system, So Folks wear the shirt, wear the hat, tell them that their label doesn’t matter, wear it proudly and stand up to their attempt and the attempts of this hateful, backwards faith called Islam to silence and belittle everyone that doesn’t follow their twisted logic.

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  8. Their G_D, not mine, let’s get it right!

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  9. Merriam Webster #3: : a disbeliever in something specified or understood

    Free Dictionary #3: 3. One who doubts or rejects a particular doctrine, system, or principle.

    The people wearing Infidel gear are wearing it the same as people were the Gadsden Flag. Like most words it has different meaning in different contexts. Their not insulting themselves, there not pushing religious beliefs. The Swastika is used in many countries and represents good, courage and pride. It doesn’t mean their all Nazis. Different people use the term Infidel in different ways to mean different things. Bashing the people who do show how little you know.

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  10. So, I guess that when I wear my “infidel” ball cap I’m a piece of shit non-believer in God. I suppose its time for me to change to my ” Dajjal” ballcap so I can be a piece of shit anti christ….it just fits the inside of my head better.

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  11. Wow, most of you chuckle heads are way off base. I could say “Go ask an Indian how they feel about the Christian God since that God allowed whites to slaughter, rape, enslave, starve, and murder the Indian because they spoke the wrong language or weren’t using the land properly.” But you would say that was history and not by my hand. I could say “How did the Japanese Americans feel about being held captive in internment camps?” But you would say we needed the security against spies or acts of sabotage from within. I’m sure many will justify their means with select incomplete parts of scripture in order to prove that your God approves of your abhorrent behavior, but it is just that. Incomplete. I’m sure the principles you claim to defend include turning the other cheek, giving away worldly materials for a life of humility, and respecting the commandments of your God and father. Before you wag your finger you should be sure that your own hand is clean. Wearing Infidel anything shows disrespect for a religion, a culture, and yourself. I’m positive that you are too hate filled and poorly educated to understand that.

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    1. I find it totally offensive. I’ve been to the middle east. These retarded rednecks think that every muslim is out to get them. Unbelievable how uneducated and uncultured some Americans may be.

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      1. I don’t care how much you love your dear Muslim brothers and sisters, I don’t trust none of ‘em. When the chips are down, give me a bunch of those “retarded rednecks” who are “uneducated and uncultured”…in the meantime, go hug a tree…

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        1. THANK YOU!

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    2. Or maybe its just a fucking shirt.

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  12. This issue is kinda ridiculous to even be waisting time talking about let alone gotten to this way too seriously point…

    Like how about calming the fuck down.. . It’s simply a play on words.. It’s kind of hard in some respects to take your argument seriously when you’re slamming gays in the same breath which I don’t take those slams too seriously either btw..

    If anyone can remember back during the Iran hostage crisis, someone made a Mickey Mouse tee shirt with Mickey flipping the bird and the caption saying “Hey Iran”… In some ways this is a little bit of the same thing.. The shirt blew up and were selling on every street corner..

    Now don’t get me wrong brother.. I think soldier of fortune reading poser dudes are in fact pretty goofy but shit man.. Lighten up Francis…!!!

    Myles

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  13. I think this is a little harsh, founder-dude. These assholes overseas make a big point of calling our people “infidels” as they are taking glee in trying to murder our people. So–in turn, our people try to kill those barbarous savages first. If “infidel” is what they kill us to get motivate themselves to feel good about whatever it is they’re doing—who gives a damn? Infidel was used by Christians back in the times of the crusades, as well. Both sides used it. These people are using it purely as a “I don’t give a fuck what you believe, motherfucker, I’m going to shoot you in the face if I get a chance.” Hence, the Arabic script under it–as the message is directed at its targeted audience.

    By the way, calling something “gay” has been a figure of speech (some might say a pejorative) for the better part of two decades for something stupid or inane. It’s about as dumb as the commandeering of the word “gay” from the English language when it used to mean “festive and happy.” Now it’s a strictly a gentle euphemism for homosexuality in general. Either of which—“infidel” or “you’re/that’s gay”; who really gives a rat’s ass? Nobody.

    I guarantee you that anybody who wears an “infidel” shirt doesn’t consider themselves “an operator”, or whatever the fuck *that* means. Hell, anybody with a gun on a mission is tossing around that ridiculous title these days. Stateside SWAT teams, boy scouts, militia groups, regular Army (ie, anyone within the operational boundaries of an op with a gun), hell—even the Navy—not specifically limited to special warfare.

    I lump those in with the fucktards who use terms like “Tier 1″–so if you’re going to slam one group, don’t forget the other while you’re at it. Whoever in this day and age uses “Tier 1″ as an adjective should be taint-punched until they die from it….right along with those people who use the term “game changer.” Can’t we all just get along?

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  14. Hey people, let’s remember one thing. Many of us have fought and/or have been wounded/died for YOUR freedom of speech. You can trash the government, you can trash the writer of an article you don’t agree with without fear of reprisal/imprisonment/execution.
    This author has EARNED the right to not like Infidel T shirts being sold at Abercrombie and Fitch or to see fucking POSERS like Lady GaGa wearing these shirts on stage because they are fucking trendy!!!!!!!!!!!!! He has earned that right because he was there in the SUCK and he has seen what these sub human animals do to so called “Infidels”. Whether a soldier or DoD contractor/private security contractor makes NO difference, the SUCK is the suck from any point of view. I am not an operator, I am a disabled Army vet (11B) medically retired. It is pretty clear that a large % of you guys who slam the author are mall ninjas who talk a big game online about this and that and this op and that op yet when anyone asks you something specific like what unit were you in or what was your MOS, you get an Uhm…………..I can’t talk about it

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  15. Hope the VA’s doing their bit down there for you Robert.

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    1. Your right Robby to a point. I worked out of Camrah Bay Vietnam, ATF 106. He has a right to his opinion, however if your don’t want any flack or comments, then the person should just keep thier mouth shut and not right articles for the sake of shooting off thier mouth to cause an issue. The bottom line would be, why does he give a shit what someone wears?

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  16. Seems like a pretty good day if the worst thing we experienced was an idiotic blog post.
    http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/248427_443378352380473_1247226338_n.jpg?dl=1

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  17. @stgang

    I was in Cam Ranh Bay in late 1967 recovering from malaria – the recovery hospital was near the China Sea, as I recall. Wish I could have stayed, nice beach…..! Tet started about six weeks later.

    Stopped by this site to look around…..seems like a lot of angry people that are pretty pissed off about nothing too important.

    Think I’ll go put on my Armed Infidel hat on just for the helluva it.

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  18. Infidel , depending how it translates also means god-less or non-believer. As an atheist I think the word fits me quite nicely. I am god -less as I do not believe there is a god, so the term non-believer is appropriate. Here in Afghanistan, infidel translates to godless in Pashtu. I’m more apalled at the ‘gay’ statement made by the author.

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    1. I got my Armed Infidel hat after sending a small donation to a great mil-blog – I wouldn’t necessarily go out and buy one.

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  19. I guess I will be judged for the large aribic writing “infidel” on my forearm..

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    1. aribic

      It’s ‘Arabic’, not “Aribic”…. I hope they spelled ‘Infidel’ correctly on your forearm.

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  20. I got my first Infidel patch just as I was pushing out to Afghanistan (the first of many in my time in the Corps), See I had heard it was open season on infidels over in that country, I wanted to make sure there was no mistake, I’m the one your after, let’s see what you’ve got. But I guess I’m not an “operator”, I’m not really sure what that is, it’s not a phrase I’ve ever used “in theater”, maybe it’s a contractor thing. Most of you contractors do some pretty good work, but I’ve spent more time fixing your fuck ups than I care to admit. By the way, how big was your TV in the cans over there, must have been nice to have been an “operator”. I think I’ll keep my infidel patch, just because it seems to have ruined your day.

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    1. ooorah! Matt! word on that……………During the Nam..ran into the same thing…………only they weren’t called operators…….they were mostly screw ups…………..or mostly DEAD………….

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  21. Because we have freedom here in the US our people are free to wear shirts like this. The reason you would not wear one in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere in similar muslim countries is because you would get arrested and lose your purported contracts. And by the way, you have obviously never read the Koran. Anyone who is NOT a muslim is designated by the Koran as an “infidel.” This includes Christians and Jews. So, I would be proud to wear one. Anyone who thinks Islam is a peaceful religion, go read the Koran, Sura # 9. Mohammed wrote that Sura in Medina after he became a warlord and massacred hundreds of Jews. Get an education Mr. Editor.

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    1. @ Greg November 9, 2012 at 19:46
      Wrong again…
      the Qur’an (not Koran) gives the title of “people of the book” to Christians and Jews.

      and by the way…to everyone else:

      Just so you know the historical context of the term “infidel”, it originated shortly before the First Crusade by Pope Urban II…that’s right…Pope, not Shah, Imam, or Ayatollah. Infidel was used as a rallying cry from the Catholic Church to send 60,000 knights to Jerusalem to recapture it from the Muslims, and just as previously noted, it means someone who does not believe in your religion. I’ll let you be the judge about the rest of history because history is purely objective…you can find any perspective about anything to meet your needs.

      enjoy

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      1. ya know its not a term used by christians, and why would one of islam use a “battle cry” of a crusader??
        It is used by islamic muslims towards non Islam followers, weather its origin is non islam, or means Godless U have to look at the perspective from which/who uses it.
        Therefore for one of islam to use it torwards a Christian, isnt saying “he is goddless” he is saying “he is not of allah, and is worthless piece of shit and i pray for his death”
        and it is used as slang, by islamist, directed mostly towards white americans and American soldiers (of any race) this context/ pc shit is irrelavent. what is however, is perception of both the user and the subject to whom it is directed. Remember folks its all relative. its common place today is slang based. Therefore wear it proud my brothers. Cause its DURKA DURKA time!
        your infidel brother.

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    2. You are free to be Fred Phelps in America too. Doesn\’t mean you should.

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  22. SPELL CHECK.Do you have it?

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  23. You are a fucking idiot. You have no idea what your talking about. You are a contractor who clearly has never left the wire. Why don’t you keep to fixing shit on a COB (if you even know what that is) and leave the rest to us marines!

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  24. James G knows not of which he speaks. Regardless of whether you think Infidel shirts are gay or stupid, you clearly do not get the point. In short, terrorists and the like call us Infidels because we represent everything they despise. They hate our way. Therefore, by wearing an Infidel shirt, you are simply advertising yourself as a person that stands for the american way and all that flies in the face of terorism. Do I personally wear one? No. Would I? Sure. And I’ve pulled the trigger many times in the middle east, since that seems to be what you think of as defining a persons manhood…

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  25. Okay, I’m not an operator, a Tier One personality, door kicker, major league sniper, pork eating infidel, tactical trunk monkey, .45%er, secret squirrel, or any other “war on terror” related adjective.
    I am an American, and I like my guns, and I have a deep respect for the men and women who make it possible for me to go to bed and wake up in the greatest country on earth.
    In the current “tactical gun culture” rampant in our country, it’s easy to become amused at the number of people who “gear up” to leave the house…5.11 pants, combat shirt, tactical fleece, merrell hikers, tactical ball cap with velcro front back and top, on and on and on. I don’t hate them, or think them stupid, rednecks, hillbillies or otherwise, but it makes me laugh a little bit inside. I recognize that they’re exercising their God-given right to express their outrage against a force of people who are their sworn enemies.
    I choose not to wear that sort of gear, simply because I have found that I can support our troops, my country and the cause just as effectively without branding myself an “Infidel” of whatever iteration you choose…non-believer, godless, etc.
    I say that if these folks want to wear their “Infidel Strong” gear, let em!
    In the grand scheme of things, it rates up there with paying attention to the little old lady in the bright green pant suit at Walgreens. Who I would compliment on her outfit, just to see her smile. Incidentally, I might even tell Tommy Tactical “Nice shirt bro!” just for the fun of it.
    James, you’re doing a tough job over there, and I respect and applaud you for it. But honestly man, don’t sweat the small stuff, you’ve got lots more pressing issues…like bullets fired in your general direction, rabid goats in the village square, unhappy mullahs with a penchant for buggery, and so on.
    Everyone else, I know you’re expressing your outrage at James’ venting, and you are exactly right to do so! It is one of the amazing principles that our country was founded upon, and one that continues (especially in our current political climate) to be a cornerstone of discourse and debate! Rage on brothers and sisters! America Strong, nothing else matters.

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  26. They call us infidels don’t they? What wrong with accepting that and still kicking ass?

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  27. I guess people who wear them just don’t get the context – culturally and linguistically it’s the equivalent of wearing a shirt that says “cocksucker” or “asshole” because somebody called you that. If it works for you…

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  28. Having servered till I retired I personally have no issue with someone wearing a shirt that says “infidel” because that’s what we are in their eyes. Shit white oeople wear shirts that say gringo.. And they ever wear FUBU doesn’t make them black.

    I am proud to be an INFIDEL. Just because my shirt says INFIDEL does not mean that I suck cock, I think you are insecure with your manliness if you think that’s what it means.

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  29. Um….I wear 5.11 pants to the construction site. They’re reinforced where it counts and have big pockets for my tools. Why does this make me a douche-bag if I want to get a coffee at break? Oh, and I hunt in Multicam…so now I must be gay. But wait, I’m not an operator…Oh yeah, I remember. I bought the Multicam by Propper because it’s made better than the bull shit hunters camo at Walmart. Oops, I almost forgot, it also comes in real handy when I do that part time freelance animal photography thing that I do to support my family. Seems like the animals will let you get their photo when they can’t see your ass! Not everybody is a couch ninja mall cop

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  30. I don’t know why I cringe when I hear some moto ass 90’s jarhead say shit like “leave it to US Marines!”. Shut the fuck up with that shit. Just to be clear I am an infantry squad leader in the Marines who has been a player in numerous combat operations in Musa Qala, Helmand Province, AFG. I spent a total of 2 weeks in LNK on my 6 month pump out there. So I’m not talking out of my ass when I say, while yes Marines are more than capable to fuck up our enemy, there are vastly superior units from our sister branches (aka Army ODA) and even our brothers across the Atlantic (aka British SAS). Chill the fuck out with that “oorah” bullshit, your yellow footprints are showing. Secondly, fuck the author and his poor choice of commentary. Do I think the infidel apparel is gay? Yes. Is it because of the word Infidel? No. I have Infidel tatted on my forearm. That’s because I’m ignorant in that I hate Islam and Christianity for that matter. I agree with the author because I see how trendy the clothes are, but I disagree with him because he was a fucking prick about something alot of people support for their own reasons. Lastly, I proudly rock Multicam. Because it works.

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    1. I want the Marines to think they are the baddest mother fuckers on the planet. I want the Rangers, SEALs, and Green Berets to think so to. You say you’ve been in combat. Do you really want to be standing next to (and depending on) a guy/gal who thinks he/she isn’t the best. Arrogance can be annoying, but when it come to combat, it’s a must. Don’t get me wrong though, and think I mean that he/she should think he/she’s invincible. Just that he/she’s the best.

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  31. I am purchasing a hat… 9:5 Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the infidels wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful”
    Infidel is an English language word commonly used to translate the equivalent Arabic language word for non-Muslims; kafir.
    -My hat is going to rub the fact that I do NOT agree with islam in all muslims faces who see it, which will remind them they are NOT going to take over this world.

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  32. What if I just like 5.11s? They are extremely well made, durable, fit me and I can carry all my stuff in the pockets.

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  33. Hi James,

    Just read through your article and agree. I wrote a similar article on my blog and get the same reactions. Keep up the fight!

    http://carryingthegun.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/enough-with-the-infidel-stuff-seriously-stop/

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  34. Google “satire” before making anymore comments – It is making my assistants fingers numb deleting all the dumb ass comments

    ~James G

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  35. Sir, I respectfully disagree with your article. Although I hate the douche bag, never been to war, or went and sat on a base all year and never pulled a trigger except at a range types (and overstates their contributions), I love the infidel gear. I’ve done more than some, less than others, but have been on both sides of the wire many times. It shows first, I’m not cowering to their insults, I’m not religious, and they can call the ones who are coming after them anything they want but they’re still gonna get it taken to them in the end if they mess with our guys. Thanks to all the ones who have served in any capacity, as that’s more than most citizens. No disrespect to anyone who has ever stood up and put on the uniform regardless of their specific service or contributions. I hate the ones who get caught up in the dick measuring contests too!

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  36. I’d also like to add that Yankee Doodle was supposed to be an insult as well, but became famous as we rubbed it back into the face of the Brits back in the late 1700’s (before they became our allies).

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  37. Would you people please go buy a sense of humor

    Thank you

    ~James G

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  38. Cool to find such a liberal posting policy here and an article that hits home.

    If you’re doing annointed work, keep it to yourself and stfu… god will still love you.

    Infidel means non-believer so it also removes you from your precious Christian community too. It’s like some a55hole tattooing Chinese symbols that he doesn’t know. Retarded.

    Also, it reminds me of black folks wearing their FUBU 5hit or something. A totally feeble attempt to find solidarity because you’re scared to be alone. Your tour should have taught you that being alone can also be an advantage.

    So lamers, I’ll wear my Altimas in the hills but not to the godam shopping when I am home. Wtfu.

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  39. Infidel means unfaithful. Usually lack of faith in Allah. It is used as a derogatory term by muslims. So,
    – If you are a muslim, it is a derogatory term
    – If you are not a muslim, you should wear this label with pride.

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  40. Personally, I’m tired of all of the douchebags that call themselves “operators” with the exception of those people who actually are. You know…Delta, SOF, etc. I don’t own anything (to include my own epidermis) graced with an “Infidel” label. I do understand those that choose to do so, though. I’m not “gay” either in the new or old sense of the word.

    If you don’t know the etymology of “Infidel” it makes you quite the gay douche to moan and bitch about it…wouldn’t you say so, “Operator”?

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    infidel:
    mid-15c. (adjective and noun), from Middle French infidèle, from Latin infidelis “unfaithful, not to be trusted,” later “unbelieving,” from in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + fidelis “faithful” (see fidelity). In 15c. “a non-Christian” (especially a Saracen); later “one who does not believe in religion” (1520s). Also used to translate Arabic qafir, which is from a root meaning “to disbelieve, to deny,” strictly referring to all non-Muslims but virtually synonymous with “Christian;” hence, from a Muslim or Jewish point of view, “a Christian” (1530s; see kaffir).

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  41. Holy Chit Batman and Robin! Before I read this I bought a small tight pink Multicam 5.11 operator shirt that has “Infidel” on the front and “Gay” on the back. I MUST be gay because when I saw it, I knew I had to have it. Besides, it was on sale.
    TaTa for now.
    Post Script: Thanks for your work and opinion.

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    1. Oh, man this makes me laugh! Ta Ta!

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  42. If you are wearing something that says “infidel”, you are making a religious declaration. It is the same thing as wearing t-shirt that says “non-Jew”, “non-Christian”, or “atheist”. If someone enjoys labeling themselves this way, then it’s their right, but I think its the responsibility of the person to at least know what it means before doing so.

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  43. I’m not a contractor or in any armed forces, but I’m joining the australian army in a few months when the next batch goes in for training. I had infidel tattooed on my back a while ago, before i decided to join the army, and now i have to get rid of it, the army here calls it an offensive tattoo and wont let me join with it. That pretty much sums up the australian army’s view on this issue.

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  44. I’m a moslem, Indonesian. I have nothing to do with all of shit happened in middle east, and as a moslem I never offended by your “infidel” t-shirt or hat. But guest what, in our perspective you guys wearing “infidel” looked really ridiculuous. You state yourself as a non god believer? And proud of that? Cmon.. And for the Koran guy..who state that moslem hate any other religion, haha..you wrong again sir. Try to learn arabic, get the context of the surahs,.. and then you can make up your opinion on us my “infidel”friend. May Allah give peace to all of us.

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  45. I agree. Pretty Gay. I mean, I completely agree with how people feel who are wearing these shirts. They are angry at terrorism, and want those shitbirds to know it. However, I too have met many decent men and women in the mid-east who have helped Americans and given their lives fighting terror, and this shirt would offend them as well. My take on it is like this- operators and high speed guys have nothing to prove, and generally don’t go around advertising what they do, where they’ve been, and what they know. Those guys are the real deal. Not the ones who are expert bullshitters and love to brag about their experiences… for example…. REMF.

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  46. To wear the infidel tag its telling those who call non-islamics ” infidel “, to “f__k off.”
    Quit hatin Douche
    Yours truly,
    2nd Can Infidel

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  47. You are right people who call themselves Kafer /infidel are only offending themselves. It is actually kinda funny. I know Arabic language and the word actually means non believer of God in no way does it mean non believer in Islamic way. It is a general term for atheists who are against God. So anyone wearing this shirt is basically announcing that he is against religion and God. This how in Arabic it is used; I know becz I’m Arabic. Muslim and Arabic people will not be offended by it becz you are saying you don’t believe in anything about God and it has nothing to do with specisific religion ( Islam). It is a general term that means non believer of God.

    Actually…… Kafir means a person who rejects Islam and the prophet Mohammed. Go back to school

    Kafir is an Arabic word literally meaning “ingrate.” In the Islamic doctrinal sense the term refers to a person who does not recognize Allah or the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad and hides, denies, or covers the truth. In cultural terms, it is a derogatory term used to describe an unbeliever or an apostate from Islam. It is usually translated into English as “infidel” or “unbeliever.”The word kāfir is the active participle of the root K-F-R “to cover”. As a pre-Islamic term it described farmers burying seeds in the ground, covering them with soil while planting. Thus, the word kāfir implies the meaning “a person who hides or covers”. In Islamic parlance, a kāfir is a word used to describe a person who rejects Islamic faith, i.e. “hides or covers [viz., the truth]”.

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  48. I’m a moslem, Indonesian. I have nothing to do with all of shit happened in middle east, and as a moslem I never offended by your “infidel” t-shirt or hat. But guest what, in our perspective you guys wearing “infidel” looked really ridiculuous. You state yourself as a non god believer? And proud of that? Cmon.. And for the Koran guy..who state that moslem hate any other religion, haha..you wrong again sir. Try to learn arabic, get the context of the surahs,.. and then you can make up your opinion on us my “infidel”friend. May Allah give peace to all of us.

    I’m glade they offend you. Go eat a bag of dicks.

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  49. Here’s where you and I differ in this. I would have never tried to make a point using any quote from the French. They surrendered to the Germans 14 days before the Germans arrived and they surrendered to the Italians and the Italians NEVER arrived. Using the French as a defense for any point is beyond stupid. The only time they have succeeded at anything is surrender.

    Muslim belief only pertains to Allah. Anyone who does not believe in Allah is an “non-believer” on “Infidel”. In the context that this shirt is used and in Arabic, it means they are non-believers in Allah. You know that really sad thing is we are getting our asses kicked because of our “political correctness” and our “tolerance”. We throw out our God on the basis that to acknowledge our God might offend others. The “others” fight, die, stand up for, pray, support their god because that’s what they believe. When America learns to stand up for their beliefs then America will survive. If we keep setting aside our values on the basis that someone might be offended, then we will continue to loose. The easiest way to defeat an enemy is to get them to question or disregard their values. Ask the Muslim Brotherhood. They put a man in the White House to funnel money to them so they could afford to attack us.

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  50. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you, However I am experiencing troubles
    with your RSS. I don’t understand the reason why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody having identical RSS issues? Anyone that knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanks!!

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  51. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you, However I am experiencing troubles
    with your RSS. I don’t understand the reason why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody having identical RSS issues? Anyone that knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanks!!

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  52. Muslim belief only pertains to Allah. Anyone who does not believe in Allah is an “non-believer” on “Infidel”. In the context that this shirt is used and in Arabic, it means they are non-believers in Allah. You know that really sad thing is we are getting our asses kicked because of our “political correctness” and our “tolerance”. We throw out our God on the basis that to acknowledge our God might offend others. The “others” fight, die, stand up for, pray, support their god because that’s what they believe. When America learns to stand up for their beliefs then America will survive. If we keep setting aside our values on the basis that someone might be offended, then we will continue to loose. The easiest way to defeat an enemy is to get them to question or disregard their values. Ask the Muslim Brotherhood. They put a man in the White House to funnel money to them so they could afford to attack us.

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  53. Actually…… Kafir means a person who rejects Islam and the prophet Mohammed. Go back to school

    Kafir is an Arabic word literally meaning “ingrate.” In the Islamic doctrinal sense the term refers to a person who does not recognize Allah or the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad and hides, denies, or covers the truth. In cultural terms, it is a derogatory term used to describe an unbeliever or an apostate from Islam. It is usually translated into English as “infidel” or “unbeliever.”The word kāfir is the active participle of the root K-F-R “to cover”. As a pre-Islamic term it described farmers burying seeds in the ground, covering them with soil while planting. Thus, the word kāfir implies the meaning “a person who hides or covers”. In Islamic parlance, a kāfir is a word used to describe a person who rejects Islamic faith, i.e. “hides or covers [viz., the truth]“.

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  54. Personally, I’m tired of all of the douchebags that call themselves “operators” with the exception of those people who actually are. You know…Delta, SOF, etc. I don’t own anything (to include my own epidermis) graced with an “Infidel” label. I do understand those that choose to do so, though. I’m not “gay” either in the new or old sense of the word.

    If you don’t know the etymology of “Infidel” it makes you quite the gay douche to moan and bitch about it…wouldn’t you say so, “Operator”?

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    infidel:
    mid-15c. (adjective and noun), from Middle French infidèle, from Latin infidelis “unfaithful, not to be trusted,” later “unbelieving,” from in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + fidelis “faithful” (see fidelity). In 15c. “a non-Christian” (especially a Saracen); later “one who does not believe in religion” (1520s). Also used to translate Arabic qafir, which is from a root meaning “to disbelieve, to deny,” strictly referring to all non-Muslims but virtually synonymous with “Christian;” hence, from a Muslim or Jewish point of view, “a Christian” (1530s; see kaffir).

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  55. Alright so I do feel the need to interject here, like a lot of other people. I am an Army EOD vet who never got the opportunity to go play in the sandbox. I wanted too, hell I volunteered twice but for some reason it never worked out. Anyhow now that I look back on it I am happy. A lot of my friends have come back fucked up.

    I wear a a RED Infidel shirt every Friday along with a lot of my vet buddies around here and you know what? I will continue to wear it regardless of how you or anyone else feels about it. Now on the other side of the coin I do get what you are talking about to a point. There are definitely times when I go to the range and there is some “Super Joe” wearing 5.11’s and an infidel shirt (or some other similar shirt). You know what I do instead of judging him and getting all but hurt about it? I get the fuck on with my day. I put some damn rounds down range and move on. Its none of my business what other people want to wear. Hell I am far more upset about the 350 lbs woman wearing nothing but leggins and a tooo short to wear tank top at walmart than some guy that likes to wear a tight Infidel shirt.

    Get over yourself!

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  56. Damn. Tis is almost as bad as a black person calling another black person his “nigger”.

    Generally, the people that are the most easily offended, are the lowest of intelligence.

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  57. I may be a bit out of step with popular culture; I saw, for the first time, someone wearing a t-shirt that read infidel yesterday! I was walking back from lunch with my philosophy professor, and we both erupted in to a loud raucous laughter as soon as we laid read the inscription on the shirt. As philosophy scholars, this shirt was especially funny to us! Having knowledge of literal and original meanings of words it struck as as funny on perhaps a cerebral level. As philosophy scholars we are accustomed to thoroughly question and examine concepts until we find ourselves capable of personally accepting claims, premises, or beliefs as true. So, from our view this shirt was PERFECT! Especially, since our academic community is a Catholic university! The marketing and commercialization of a word or concept like infidel on a t-shirt, in a way throws it into a category of “keep on trucking” or “where\’s the beer?” The t-shirt makes speaks volumes about the media and our culture…. It was funny as hell to us… Funny in the same way that seeing a punked-out teenage wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with Che Guevara portrait on it. Which, I will save my diatribe on the humor in this for another time! :)

    OH! And, as an after thought, the use of the word “gay” to describe a t-shirt is kind of passe… Surely you can come up with a more exact word to communicate your thoughts on an issue, especially an issue that is important enough for you to compose a blog post on! :) A word that perhaps does not diminish your credibility with the reader, and in a sense, a word that does not dumb – you – down. Just a thought!

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  58. I never even knew PMC\’s wore them, or didn\’t, I just wear it because it pisses off both the Muslims, and the \’so-called\’, left wing, here in Blighty.
    P.S. where can I get that \’fuck Christianity\’ tee?

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  59. Agree that I mostly see this shirt, hat, patch, sticker worn by airsofters and bad ass white collar guys at the range.

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  60. To the idiots who dont know what they\’re talking about(or Fucking stupid, should I say). Wearing an Infidel shirt does not slam those of Muslim Heritage in a Whole, it ridicules those that consider non Muslim to be infidels. Pretty much saying fuck you for being a closed minded, prejudice fuck.
    so eat one SGT. grow some brain cells.

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  61. I think your opinion might be in the minority? My personal thought on the shirt was it was a non-PC way to say you supported the troops, contractors, and missions in the gulf. I could not imagine someone working amongst Muslims in a Muslim country in life and death situations wearing a shirt like that, so I never looked at it like a “operator” shirt. By the way I don\’t own any infidel type shirts or hats or stickers. I don\’t own much of any of the cool guy stuff, :-)
    As far as the shirt, I like anything that is not PC.

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  62. I’m a 5 1/2 yr Marine Corps Sergeant (0311). I think you guys are just way too full of yourselves. Wearing these shirts aren’t about “trying to be like operators.” You guys think everything is about you. I did 2 tours in Iraq and was slated for marsoc selection until cutbacks in ’09. Countless missions to include counter sniper, hunting mortar teams, recon patrols, you name it…I wouldn’t consider myself an “operator” nor am I going to pretend I am…I’m proud of my service and confident in my abilities as a warfighter. I don’t need to pretend to be an “operator.” Wearing this shirt is to offend those who killed my brothers and those who tried killing me numerous times. Get off your high horses guys. I could have just been exactly where you are and still been wearing it. On missions, that’s a different story. I would never. Pure professionalism on the battlefield. However, at home? Here I am! Come & get me. It isn’t about you “operators” ;) get it?

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  63. The voice of ranaotility! Good to hear from you.

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  65. geez..you guys are truly “blunt instruments”

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