43 thoughts on “This can’t be posted too often

  1. Gotcha! Trudeau can’t spell mitochondria (frame 5). Great cartoon though, one for Evol101 in October!

      1. Actually, the word on the board is “mitocondrio”. I forgot to erase the board after my Italian class.

  2. Well, I live in Danville, VA and just printed it out to photo copy it (but I have to confess it was not in the local paper. I subscribe to Doonesbury so I got it over the internet. Although it was carried in the Richmond, VA paper. I retired as of June 30 having taught the TaNaK (this is for Jerry; the normal expression is “Old Testament”)for 37 years. If I were still teaching, the cartoon would be on my fall syllabi. By the way, Jerry, the last time I taught Phil of Religion, I required my students to read your WEIT and write a detailed cirque of it. That assignment opened a lot of eyes (meaning minds) to the reality of evolution as a fact.

  3. It was published in the local paper here in Alabama this morning. I was really surprised since Alabama Public Television passed on Jonathan Miller‚Äôs ‚ÄúA Short History of Disbelief‚ÄĚ a while back. We got it in a song, thanks to Steve Martin (http://bit.ly/mZFMxw) and now we have it in a cartoon.

      1. See, now you got me started. On a more serious note, this excellent song is by Atlanta native Anthony David. Both his and Steve Martin’s link were sent to me by one of my religious friends. http://bit.ly/oy3hcb

        1. Thanks for that link to Anthony David’s video/song “God Said”.

          Thanks to Anthony David! Important message and well done.

    1. I think Jerry needs to repost this. And it needs to be on Richard Dawkins page as well – do we have a generic page for these cultural gems?

    2. Coincidentally, I just heard that Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers song on the SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction channel yesterday for the first time, and was laughing out loud. What was also funny was that you could tell it made the on air hosts a little uncomfortable talking about it.

  4. My local (Wisconsin) paper printed it without the first two panels. My guess is that this has nothing to do with fear of offending either creationists or unicorn believers; they probably just didn’t have space.

    There could very well be some creationist rebuttals in the LTE later, though. Those are always amusing.

    1. Thanks for that! More lulz lie in Ruse’s reply (metaphor or not, the “idea of Original Sin…makes good sense”??) and the last comment.

  5. Jerry … it was the the Shreveport Times in Shreveport, Louisiana.

    I’ll keep my eyes open for letters to the editor in response to it and will post links as they become available.

    1. I nearly stood up and cheered when I read this comic in this morning’s Kalamazoo Gazette, here in the red-state part of MI. I’m betting my local ltte-writers can match any you have in the south. Contest on? ūüėÄ

  6. Was in the Lake Charles American Press in Louisiana. Showed it to a Mormon co-worker who politely read it, folded up the comics, put them aside and promptly changed the subject.

  7. Thank you for a beautiful illustration of the ignorance surrounding the Biblical account of mankind’s history. It should be no surprise to anyone that so many reject the person and work of Jesus Christ given the resources, passions and energy invested in maligning Scripture. I love the mention of unicorns in the cartoon. Nobody gets excited about unicorns or oompa loompas but mention Jesus Christ and all hell gets irate. Are you not intrigued about how a blue collar worker, from a small town in the Middle East, who became an itinerant preacher, and was tortured and murdered for saying he was God, having been betrayed and abandoned by his students, could have such a phenominal impact on human history?

    1. You mean like the fellow who flew on a winged horse to obtain the Koran? Or the fellow who found buried golden plates in upstate New York? Or how about the Buddha who was born from a slit in his mother’s side?

      I suppose they were all “phenominal” (sic)?

    2. “Nobody gets excited about unicorns or oompa loompas but mention Jesus Christ and all hell gets irate.”

      Nobody thinks unicorns are real. You yourself goes on to suggest that Joshua bin Josef was a historical person despite all the evidence against the historical veracity of that or most other stuff in those religious texts you mention.

      1. Sorry, that was “Yehoshua ben Yosef”. I have just learned the correct original name for the (non-historical) person.

    3. Not intrigued by the fiction you state about “a blue collar worker” any more that you are intrigued about Mithra, and all the similarities that object of worship has with worship of xtians, of “x”.

      What evidence is there, that “all hell gets irate.” That too is a total fabrication. What is wrong with reality, compared to a fantasy?

  8. OT news flash that places best here; I was made aware that the incidence of children homicide has dropped in half in Sweden since contraception and abortion has been made freely available. [Sorry, no english version; and the context is a mere background to one of the handful, ~ 5, homicides that still happens.]

    Apparently most cases, 80 ~ 90 %, is family perpetrators within a context of psychic disease and/or child care disputes. Still a simple, humane, measure robustly and dramatically cuts tragic events.

    Conversely, support catholicism or religion at large which invents and abets the horrible morality of acting against modern family care, and you will support child murder!

    And they ask why we become atheists…

    1. And I did it again. I meant anti-theist, natch.

      [I guess it takes more to drive the good use of “anti-” through my thick skull, at least before morning coffee.]

    2. See also: Donohue, John J. and Levitt, Steven D., The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime (2000). Quarterly Journal of Economics. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=174508 or doi:10.2139/ssrn.174508
      The authors (From Yale University and University of Chicago) argue that the legalization of abortion in 1973 is a mayor factor explaining the reduction of violent crime rates in the USA since the nineties.

    3. You’ll never convince a Fundie of that. Abortion IS child homocide, so the statistic is highly misleading. Or so they would say.

  9. If creationism is ever forced to be taught in schools I recommend Robert Crumb’s The Book of Genesis Illustrated as a text. At least it has pretty decent artwork, actually makes reading it enjoyable. And it is depicted exactly as is should be – a grand story but not something to be taken serious beyond any other grand stories like the great Greek legends.

  10. It made it out here in the Omaha World Herald in Nebraska.

    Which is funny, because it appears that it was “skipped” in the Lincoln Journal. Thanks a lot, Bible-thumpin’ Big Red fans.

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