Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ freedom of religion

June 22, 2022 • 9:00 am

The latest Jesus and Mo strip, called “freedom,” is appropriate to the Supreme Court’s odious new ruling that we taxpayers have to foot the bill for vouchers sending students to religious schools.  As he so often does, Mo twists things around so that “freedom of religion” becomes an Islamophibic mantra, for that freedom allows you to practice religions other than Mo’s.


Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ respect

June 15, 2022 • 9:00 am

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “pithy“, might spawn a new phrase to supplement Stephen Fry’s saying:

“It’s now very common to hear people say, ‘I’m rather offended by that.’ As if that gives them certain rights. It’s actually nothing more… than a whine. ‘I find that offensive.’ It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. ‘I am offended by that.’ Well, so fucking what.”

The new one just replaces “I’m rather offended by that” with “You lack respect for my faith.” That’s not an argument, either.


Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Lady Fatima

June 8, 2022 • 1:00 pm

I am back home, having showered thoroughly and tossed my muddy clothes into the washing machine. So now it’s Wednesday:  Jesus and Mo Day.

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “w1sh,” came with a note:

This is the story Jesus is reading.

And that’s from the Telegraph & Argus, which may be the West Yorkshire version of the Torygraph. In short, Muslims have been offended:

protest against a new film claimed to negatively depict deeply loved religious figures has been held in Bradford.

The Lady of Heaven portrays the life story of Lady Fatima, the daughter of Prophet Muhammad, weaved together with the tale of young Iraqi orphan in modern day.

It has now been released nationwide, including places with high Muslim populations such as Blackburn and Manchester, through mainstream cinema chains such as Vue, Cineworld and Showcase.

But some Muslims have expressed feeling hurt and angry over the film, suggesting the plot goes against their understanding of historical events.

It shows Muhammad’s face, though it’s computer generated. And there are other beefs, too:

The Prophet Muhammad’s face is a mixture of computer generated and lighting imagery.

The film said holy personalities were not represented by ‘any one individual’ and were made up of computer-generated images.

Critics say it also looks to liken an ISIS assault on a woman to an inaccurate story of how two of the Prophet’s closet companions were responsible for an assault on his daughter Fatima to the fourth caliph Ali, revered highly by both Shias and Sunnis.

Ergo, there are demonstrations to shut the film down (I wonder how many of these people have seen it?), which are of course legal, but the protestors criticize larger issues of freedom of speech:

Speaking to the crowd through a megaphone, one man said: “We are very offended. We have a right not to be insulted. You talk about freedom of speech but where does your freedom of speech go when it goes to criticising your policies, when it goes to making critical analysis of your version of history.”

He added: “You have no right to tell us our history. We will not let this film go on further.”

Is a fatwa in the offing? At any rate, here are Jesus and Mo discussing it, and Mo isn’t paying attention.

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ DARVO

June 1, 2022 • 8:45 am

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “darvo,” came with a rhyme:

Twinkle twinkle little star, what you say is what you are.

Now what does this mean, and what is “darvo”? Wikipedia defines the latter as

DARVO is an acronym for “deny, attack, and reverse victim and offender”. Some researchers and advocates have characterized it as a common manipulation strategy of psychological abusers. The abuser denies the abuse ever took place, attacks the victim for attempting to hold the abuser accountable, and claims that they, the abuser, are actually the victim in the situation, thus reversing the reality of the victim and offender. This usually involves not just “playing the victim” but also victim blaming.

But that’s repeated in the strip, with the meaning tweaked a bit to cover religion:

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ gender

May 18, 2022 • 9:15 am

As a “patreon” of Jesus and Mo, I usually get a weekly pre-publication peek at the strip a few hours before it comes out. This time the artist apologized for forgetting, but it’s of no consequence. This week’s strip, called “folks” is up, and involves a timely discussion between Moses, Jesus, and Mo about whether they’re non-binary. Jesus equivocates, and, as usual, mocks the very concept he’s considering: specialness.

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Sopisticated Theology

May 5, 2022 • 9:00 am

The new Jesus and Mo strip, called “proved”, came with the email note, “Maybe god is theologically impossible, too.” Below the strip itself appears this: “God plays a similarly convincing trick.”

There’s some deep theology here (lol). But the “problem of evil” also shows that God is theologically impossible in Abrahamic religious frameworks.

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ upspeak?

April 27, 2022 • 9:00 am

Today’s Jesus ‘n’ Mo cartoon is called “upspeak”, the form of speech in which every declarative sentence ends with a rising intonation, as if one were asking a question. I dislike this form of speech, as it seems to betoken insecurity—as if the upspeaker were asking for affirmation in every sentence.

It came with an email note (that I don’t quite understand):

Jesus, if you don’t stop tormenting Mo you’ll be put on the naughty step.

And a caption with upspeak:

There is no god but Allah? And Mohammed is his prophet?

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ wrassling

April 20, 2022 • 10:00 am

In today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “match”, the Divine Duo take each other on. And guess what—Jesus wins the wrestling match!

Now I’m not surprised. Mo is only a prophet, while Jesus is both part God and also a prophet. It’s the “god” bit that gives Jesus his omnipotence and his ability to take down Mo.

The strip came with a note:

The same thing happened to Mo 16 years ago. Clearly an incident which he tried successfully to forget.