Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ the “nones”

January 13, 2021 • 8:30 am

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “better”, came with an email note:

Based on an old placard I was reminded of in last week’s Freethinker newsletter.

Here’s the placard, which reads, “NO RELIGION IS BETTER THAN ISLAM. (Don’t dare to point Fingers on ISLAM We love Peace)”

. . . and the strip, which is really a double entendre:

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ emotion-based argument

December 2, 2020 • 8:30 am

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “deal”, came with the email message, “It’s been a while since they did the X-Factor routine.”  Once again the Divine Duo are hoist with their own petard; for more on motivated reasoning, go here.

And some blurbing for the author’s work:

If you enjoy Jesus & Mo and want to keep them on stage, you can help by becoming a patron here,

The latest J&M collection has a foreword by Jerry Coyne.

The other books are available here. 

 

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ positivity

November 25, 2020 • 10:00 am

This week’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “such,” came with the email note “Squeezing another strip out of last week’s Joe McKeever nonsense“.  McKeever’s column is called “7 Reasons I’m Glad I Didn’t Choose Atheism Over Christianity,” and it’s a corker.  Apparently the boys are discussing McKeever’s first reason:

1. Positivity

As a rule, atheists tend to be a pretty miserable lot, while the best Christians I know are also the most put-together, positive, and effective people in the room.

I heard someone say once, “The devil has no godly old people.” Indeed. We could add that the Lord also seems to have all the best-mannered, generous-hearted, goal-oriented achievers. If you look at the products of atheism and Christianity, in my personal experience, there is no contest.

I don’t think McKeever knows many atheists! At any rate, the barmaid also finds this laughable:

 

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ a flawed but divine church

November 18, 2020 • 12:00 pm

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “shreds,” takes out after Catholicism, giving the lie to the claim that it deals largely with Islam. In fact, both Jesus and Mo get their share of shaming. The strip came with an email note from the author.

Here’s the report that today’s strip is referring to, which you’ve probably heard already.

Well, I haven’t heard about the report, but it links to a Guardian piece about widespread abuse in England and Wales by Catholic priests, monks, and authority figures. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who heads the Catholic Church in England and Wales, and really should resign since his moral authority is shot, is nevertheless been asked to stay by none other than the Good Liberal Pope:

Pope Francis asked Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Catholic church in England and Wales, to stay in his post, despite a damning report that criticised his leadership and concluded that the church repeatedly prioritised its reputation over the welfare of child sex abuse victims.

In its final review of the church, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) said the Vatican’s failure to cooperate with the investigation “passes understanding”.

The 162-page report said “the church’s neglect of the physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of children and young people in favour of protecting its reputation was in conflict with its mission of love and care for the innocent and vulnerable.”

. . .Between 1970 and 2015, the church in England and Wales received more than 900 complaints involving more than 3,000 instances of child sexual abuse, made against more than 900 individuals, including priests, monks and volunteers.

The sexual abuse of children involved instances of “masturbation, oral sex, vaginal rape and anal rape”. On occasions, the inquiry says, it was accompanied by “sadistic beatings driven by sexual gratification” as well as “deeply manipulative behaviour by those in positions of trust”.

One child estimated that between the ages of 11 and 15 he had been abused hundreds of times by a priest. “After each incident he was required to make confession, and the priest concerned made it plain that his sister’s place at a local convent school depended on his compliance,” the report says.

When complaints were made, the church invariably failed to support victims and survivors but took action to protect alleged perpetrators by moving them to a different parish. “Child sexual abuse,” the report says, “was swept under the carpet.”

More from the Jesus and Mo artist’s email:

And the guy who believes what Jesus says he believes is here (item 6).

That article, from Crosswalk.com, is called “7 Reasons I’m Glad I didn’t choose atheism over Christianity” by Joe McKeever, “disciple of Jesus” and Christian preacher. Here’s item 6:

Now that is a tortuous argument!

Put these both of these links together and you get the Jesus and Mo strip:

 

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ obstinacy

November 11, 2020 • 9:45 am

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “things”, came with an email note:

It’s probably more of a motto than a policy statement, and it’s definitely more widely adhered to than it should be.

This is pretty much the case, and never truer when believers deal with theodicy: the Achilles heel of religion. If there’s a kind, loving, and all-powerful God, why do so many children and innocents die from natural disasters and diseases (“physical evils”)? There’s no good answer that can be reconciled with the Abrahamic God.  Theologians, of course, do have an unconvincing explanation for “moral evil”—people doing bad stuff to others. That answer: “free will”, which allows some people to do evil, is necessary for God’s schema of salvation. But as for physical evils like cancer, earthquakes, fires, and tsunamis, believers have to default to the position of “God is mysterious.”

And yet believers still believe—all the harder—in the face of this unanswerable argument. Perhaps we’ll have more on that later today. 

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ murderous secularism

November 4, 2020 • 12:00 pm

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “roots”, came with this email note:

France deserves more support than it’s getting from its allies.

That’s for sure. And there’s a link to a Foreign Policy article (click on screenshot):

An excerpt. Note how the NYT changed the title of its article. What a rag!

In the latest of a series of personal attacks against the French president, Erdogan claimed that “Macron needed mental treatment” for his response to the attack. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan asserted on Twitter that Macron’s words encouraged “Islamophobia,” while Mahathir Mohamad, the former prime minister of Malaysia, upped the ante by commenting that Muslims have a right to “kill millions of French people” in reaction to the “disrespect” they suffered. Some of the U.S. media coverage seems to take at face value the opportunistic accusations of illiberal leaders such as Erdogan. One article spoke grandiloquently of a “crackdown on Islam,” and the initial headline on a New York Times piece about Paty’s killing was “French Police Shoot and Kill Man After a Fatal Knife Attack on the Street.”

As France mourns its victims, its fight against terrorism and radicalism deserves more understanding and solidarity.

The coverage has puzzled if not angered French observers. An op-ed in Le Monde denounced a “disconcerting American blindness when it comes to jihadism in France.” Macron’s measures have frequently been analyzed through the prism of domestic electoral politics as allegedly trying to co-opt the far-right. But this analysis represents a gross misunderstanding of the French political reality. A recent poll on the upcoming French presidential election in 2022 shows a situation eerily similar to the one that prevailed in 2017, when Macron roundly defeated Marine Le Pen in the second round. The vast majority of French citizens feel deep concern over the situation. According to a IFOP survey last month, 89 percent of respondents considered the terrorist threat to be “high,” 87 percent that “secularism is in danger,” and 79 percent that “Islamism has declared war on the nation and the Republic.” Are these all National Rally voters?

No, of course not.  The reason for the slanted coverage, at least on the Left, is Wokeness. We all know that. If murders are committed by Muslims in the service of their faith’s dictates, those murders are to be minimized. Instead, the Woke and the extreme Left emphasize the oppression of Muslims by the French. After all, Muslims are people of color.

It’s time for us to accept that although the majority of Muslims in the West are not murderers, wanting to live in peace, a disturbingly large proportion in Europe, Canada, and America find attacks on civilians “justifiable”. Yes, in other ages, other faiths have been murderous. But the Inquisition is far behind us and won’t recur, while Islam still has a problem with extremist terrorists. If you read the Qur’an, or the article “Why we hate you & why we fight you” from the ISIS magazine Dabiq. It’s religion, stupid! (See also Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s latest book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now.

But I digress. The Divine Duo seems to agree with the Woke:

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ hypocrisy

October 28, 2020 • 9:00 am

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “camps,” came with this email notice:

Hypocrisy features in a lot of J&M strips, but it has seldom been so brazen and transparent as it is in the situation upon which this strip is based.

The “situation” is a demonstration in Bangladesh against French President’s Macron’s crackdown on radical Islam after the beheading of a French teacher for showing cartoons of Muhammad in a free-speech lesson. 40,000 came out in Dhaka, the country’s capital, and there’s a promise to boycott French products. (I also note that the NYT has published two articles detailing Macron’s crackdown, which I interpret as the paper’s defense of all things Islamic).

And, as the artist said, and as I emphasize in my foreword to the latest Jesus and Mo collection, a constant theme of the strip is the Divine Duo’s hypocrisy. Mo is vociferous on the faux oppression of Muslims in France, but not about genuine oppression and sequestration of Muslims in China:

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Po-Mo

October 21, 2020 • 9:15 am

It’s Wednesday, which means Jesus and Mo Day.  Today’s strip, called “power”, came with the email note, “Today, the lads believe they have won a critical victory.”

Jesus and Mo are taking a page from the Woke Playbook, and their argument, which seems stupid, actually is stupid (Pinker refuted it in several of his books). The boys know it, and revert to faith.

You can become a “patreon” of the strip for as little as $1 per month by going here. Twelve bucks a year for an artist who’s risking his life—the equivalent of 2.5 lattes. I call that a bargain (the strip, not the lattes).