'Infidel Apparel': U.S. Troops' Badge of Pride or Scarlet Letter?
Published March 29th, 2012 - 14:58 GMT
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It's an alarming and grotesquely interesting phenomenon. It seems that several American troops have decided to wear their scarlet letter as outsiders and so-called 'infidels' on their chests with a mock pride. It seems that there are several outlets that sell 'infidel' badges and T-shirts to U.S. troops.
"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. In the Muslim world an infidel means literally "one without faith" who rejects the central teachings of Islam."
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