Hay-Soos not Jesus

March 14, 2008

A new character has appeared in the Dilbert cartoon strip this week – his name is spelled ‘Jesus’ but pronounced ‘Hay-Soos’.

Haysoos 2

I found it funny and in no way a threat to my fiath, however on Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) blog today is the unsurprising news that there has been complaints. This from todays blog post

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.