Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ comity

September 27, 2023 • 9:15 am

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called cover 2, is an oldie, but is given new relevance by the news revealed in the description:

A flashback to 2009 today, in light of recent developments in the UK.

First, the strip, in which the Divine Duo immediately break their promise to the barmaid:

And the link: a new report from the National Secular Society (click screenshot to read):

An excerpt:

One in seven local authorities has adopted a definition of ‘Islamophobia’ rejected by the government over free speech concerns, a new Civitas report has revealed.

In 2018, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims defined Islamophobia as “rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness”. The definition has now been adopted by all major UK political parties except the Conservatives.

The National Secular Society has opposed the APPG definition from the outset on the grounds that it conflates legitimate criticism of Islamic doctrine with racism, thereby creating a de facto blasphemy code.

The Civitas report, authored by journalist Hardeep Singh, reveals over 15% of local authorities in England have now adopted the APPG definition. It also highlights how NSS lobbying successfully resulted in Lancashire and Aberdeenshire councils voting against the adoption of the definition.

As the Civitas report notes, the UK government has rejected this definition of “Islamophobia” because it violates free speech. And it does, at least if you construe Free Speech in the American First-Amendment way.  In fact, even if you define “Islamophobia” as it is often (and improperly) used, as “an unwarranted fear of Islam”, that’s still free speech.  (If you have an unreasonable fear of Muslims themselves, it should be “Muslimophobia”.)

But the definition adopted by 1/7th of local authorities is worse, because it can easily be construed as “fear of Muslim doctrine”, which, as the NSS points out, is not “racism”, but a form of anti-theism.  Since this flawed definition has “been adopted by all major UK political parties except the Conservatives”, I call on the Labour Party in particular to rescind this definition.

They won’t, of course.

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ creationism

August 23, 2023 • 10:30 am

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “field2,” is from 13 years ago but is slightly rewritten. The Divine Duo discusses the age of the Earth, with Jesus maintaining that it’s older than the 6,000 years espoused by Mo.

The sick part is that a 2019 Gallup poll of Americans show that 40% of them agree with Jesus’s estimate. The line at the top shows the proportion of polled Americans who believe that “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.  I gave these figures in one of muy Galápagos lectures, and people just couldn’t believe it.

On the other hand, the proportion of people who believe in purely naturalistic evolution has risen pretty steadily in the last two decades. But it’s still at only 22%: a bit more than one and five of our countrymen.  In total, 73% of Americans believe that evolution involves some form of divine intervention or guidance.

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ biases

August 9, 2023 • 9:00 am

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “told,” continues with songs about cognitive biases; the last one featured a ditty about the “sunk cost fallacy”.

Today’s bias, “reactance”, can be characterized this way:

Reactance bias is doing something different from what someone wants you to do in reaction to a perceived attempt to constrain your freedom of choice. Reactance bias can occur when you feel pressured to accept a certain view and can lead to a strengthening of resolve for an alternative view, regardless of its relative merits.

And of course the Divine Duo, by crossing the barmaid, demonstrates exactly what they’re singing about.

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Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Revelation

July 19, 2023 • 9:00 am

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “telling”, features two revelations about gender as well as a caption: “So why is she telling them now? Because she wanted to see the look on Moses’ face.” But why is Moses flustered. Did he want to be unique in this group, or couldn’t he conceive of the barmaid being non-binary?