13 April, 2010

The most disgusting editorial cartoon yet!

Is this not the most blasphemous cartoon yet?
Nothing is sacred anymore!!

7 comments:

  1. Hi Tim,

    Editorial cartoons are intended to provoke thought and discussion. In this case, it is a critique of the media, rather than a critique of christianity.

    I may be the wrong person to ask, but I do not see any blasphemy here.

    In the context of christianity, is it blasphemous to show cartoon images representative of Christ?

    Cheers...Martin

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  2. "Blasphemy" no longer exists in the western world.

    Some people may be offended by this cartoon, but that is the very nature of political cartooning -- to offend some and entertain others. And while I'm not offended by this cartoon, I'm not entertained by it, either.

    As for what is and is not "sacred" -- it's up to every individual to decide for himself, I'm afraid. Apparently, the cartoonist has different standards for "sacred" than those who are offended.

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  3. I think Martin may be right. This may be intended more as a critique of the media. Still, there is nothing to laugh at here at all. It is a rather sad situation.
    CA

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  4. I did not find it particularly humourous, (ok I did not find it humourous at all), but I did find it thought provoking.

    I actually used a similar concept in my own posting today, for a possibly similar purpose.

    Certainly if the cartoon was one of the Mohamed cartoons, there would have been a great hue and cry, and as those of us who tread the free speech blogs know, there have been a few human rights cases about them in the past few years. Though the particular cases were not successful, the thinness of the skin of our Muslim brethren was shown.

    I am afraid that I agree with our friend Lady Janus (because I think she is right, not that I am actually afraid to agree with her), that blasphemy has disappeared from the lexicon of western society, (or lack thereof).

    I agree that it is a commentary on the sad state of the media.

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  5. I think I need to correct an impression I gave, Michael.

    It's not the word itself that has disappeared, but its ability to send chills down the spine of the so-called "blasphemers."

    It used to be a serious offense, even in civil law. It is no longer anything of the kind. If anything, most people regard it as a joke, if they pay any attention to it to begin with.

    That was a good article you wrote.

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  6. Blasphemy was perhaps not the correct word for me to use to describe the cartoon. When I read it, I interpreted it as an insult against Christ. Now that my blood pressure is lower, I can see that it was intended as a slight against the media.

    Still don't like it. Still think it is inappropriate. But as we say in Quebec, 'chacun a son gout'.

    Fr. Tim

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  7. .. Jesus did have something to say about child abuse though ... and those who facilitate the abuse ... Jesus talks of millstones and oceans ! Perhaps the media should consult the Good Book ... pity is the Church seemed to have ignored what Jesus said on the issue themselves.

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