Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ mockery

December 8, 2021 • 8:30 am

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, “mockery”, came with this author’s note:

This one is a slightly edited resurrection from a dozen years ago, while we self-isolate until a test result arrives. New strip next week, inshallah.

May antibodies be upon you, Jesus and Mo artist!

As happens so often, the strip shows the double standards of the Divine Duo, standards that they never realize are contradictory.

8 thoughts on “Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ mockery

  1. Wow. That mirrors conversations I’ve had, usually involving people who think it is funny to insult entire demographics, and that anyone who doesn’t see the joke is ‘dour and humorless’. Until I turn the and use the same vocabulary. Then all bets are off.

  2. Does ANYONE here have an example of Muslims laughing at themselves? Jews & Christians, yes (although that’s hardly a compliment) but there’s no room in Islam for jokes about itself. I believe that might get you executed!

    1. I have several personal experiences with that. I have seen several laugh at themselves, I have seen some cry and said they were bad people for violating religious tenets, I have seen some take themselves too seriously. I’ve seen the spectrum from people from authoritarian cultures as well as from people from more libertarian cultures. The trouble though is that I always feel like I am walking a tightrope, always handling people with kid gloves ‘just in case’.

      A lot of my personal experiences are why I am staying anonymous here.

      1. Exactly! I’ve traveled in 6 Muslim countries and know that ”tightrope” feeling very well. You don’t know where to ”look.” I imagined it was similar to the Puritans’ restrictions. Just keep your silence and don’t ask questions.

        1. Several Muslim friends have joked with me about their religion, especially given the changes they have seen in the last twenty years. Still, I have been warned never to joke with them about it, no matter how much they seem to welcome it. I have been careful never to cross that line.

          And yes, I have drawn several parallels between Muslim and Puritan cultures. The superficial, cosmetic ones are the most fascinating, including monochrome uniform clothing covering everything and a prohibition on music (in some places). I would love to see a detailed study. Or maybe relocalizations of The Scarlet Letter, the Crucible, and Footloose.

  3. Religion is a pessimistic parochial view. It wants and indeed survives, to stay static, authoritarian, myopic.
    What of Islam? the rude, rumbustious 21st century is making it manic and desperate so there is little tolerance for humour or mocking.
    The western religions? after being exposed to criticism they can no longer inquisition or fearmonger it’s opponents. They have little choice but to tolerate it or expect more of a pasting.

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