A new character has appeared in the Dilbert cartoon strip this week – his name is spelled ‘Jesus’ but pronounced ‘Hay-Soos’.
My favorite rhetorical question, which I received an alarming number of times, was “Why don’t you mock Mohammed next? Huh? Why not?”
Well, aside from the blindingly obvious reason that I prefer life over death, I didn’t realize I was making fun of Christianity this week.
Beyond Belief -Radio 4’s Religious discussion show- recently broadcast a discussion on Religious Imagery picking up on the fact that the Danish newspapers that caused the controversy by publishing cartoons of Mohammed had recently re-published them in the name of freedom of speech following a death threat on the original cartoonist – see Wikipedia pages.
The Beyond Belief broadcast (still available in the ‘Listen to previous programmes’ drop down list as 03 March – Religious Imagery) talked about how imagery, including the image of God and Christ has always been used in the Christian faith from Icons to cartoons – very interesting.