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HYPOCRISY
T. Wilson | Tampa, FL | October 10, 2012

I normally enjoy your strip despite your occasional over-the-top left bias. However your hypocrisy with this week's story line is reaching new heights. Not only are you going after Mitt's religion but his Vietnam era military deferments. The closest Obama ever got to the military was an anti-ROTC protest in college, and let's not even start re Clinton's outright draft evasion.

ROMNEY
Steve | Philadelphia, PA | October 09, 2012

With all the fuss about the portrayal of Romney's religion, perhaps nobody noticed the portrayal of Romney. He's not invisible. How unusual.

SHOCKED
Michel Desjardins | Waterloo, CANADA | October 09, 2012

As a typical Canadian, who supports U.S. Democrats over Republicans, and enjoys your skewering of Republican follies, I'm shocked and disappointed by the way your latest strip pokes fun at Romney's religious beliefs. Come on now: you can do better than this. This sort of discrimination does nothing to support your cause.

HOLDING BACK
Sean | Baltimore, MD | October 09, 2012

Proselytizing is about sharing a Truth (TM), which may (and often does) have nothing to do with the truth. Having had numerous long discussions with missionaries and elders of the Mormon faith, I'd say that if anything GBT is holding back with considerable restraint. But I do find the current storyline is more a comment on Romney than the Mormons, at least so far.

THE OTHER CHEEK
Michael Johnson | Austin, TX | October 09, 2012

Perhaps you don't know the difference between funny and offensive. This is a new low. Try that with my Muslim brothers, see what their response will be. The violence will clearly be your fault. Or maybe you only mock those who turn the other cheek.

PRELUDE
Johanna | CALIFORNIA | October 09, 2012

The whole concept of religious missionary work is disrespectful and ignorant of each and every culture it attempts to convert. I applaud this week's series as it exposes both Romney's insincerity as well as his background of missionary work which, as I see it, was a prelude to his present insensitivity to everyone outside of his own 'culture.' I see the French background to this as purely comedic and not a slight!

THE OPPOSITE
J.T. | Palos Heights, IL | October 09, 2012

As a practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the current story arc (and Romney's campaign, for that matter) portrays the opposite of what I believe in many ways. Beck and Romney are not universally representative of the political and economic views of my faith. There are moderate and liberal Mormons, including myself and many others -- on the national stage, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

ENTITLED
C.M. Dutcher | Littleton, CO | October 09, 2012

I am actually looking forward to self-righteous indignation spewing forth in response to this lovely sarcastic series. And so it begins. We mock that which we don't understand at our peril. The French and proselytizers in one shot. More! More! I feel I am entitled to it.

FAIR GAME
Karen | Layton, UT | October 09, 2012

So far, this story line doesn't appear to be an attack on anyone other than Mitt Romney, who I consider fair game. Romney is depicted as an opportunist who will twist anything, including his faith, to his advantage. Today's strip in particular gives us a young flip-flopper in the making.

TOO FAR
Chuck Killian | Layton, UT | October 09, 2012

I've read Doonesbury since it's inception and always enjoyed it. Unfortunately, this time you have gone just a bit too far. You mock something you do not understand and have no desire to understand. Yes Mormons proselytize, but no one is pressured to accept our faith. I don't see why it is necessary to excoriate those who wish to share the truth. I would have expected better. Perhaps a stand-in is doing the strip.

AIMS
Isaac Kurth | Cedar Rapids, IA | October 08, 2012

I don't think Trudeau understands very well the aims of Mormon missionaries. I served a proselyting mission for the LDS Church for two years and I am not ashamed of it. I believe that I was able to help people be closer to God and that Mitt Romney was able to do the same thing.

OVERSTEPPED
E. Wyatt | Albemarle, NC | October 08, 2012

GBT overstepped with his latest anti-Romney hit -- using R's religion. I suppose bigotry comes in many flavors.

PRACTICE
Freewheelin Franklin | Corralitos, CA | October 08, 2012

Today's strip is great! I always wanted to know how Mitt attempted to convince the French to embrace a religion asking them to give up coffee, wine, and Galois. Good practice for a debate?

DESPERATE
J.P. | Pawtucket, RI | October 08, 2012

How to tell when the President's supporters are getting really, really desperate? They have to start attacking his religion. Hold the whipped cream and cherry. The evidence is sweet enough. I know you'll never publish this. That makes it even sweeter.

OOOF!
E.C.B. | Pinelias Park, FL | October 08, 2012

Ooof! Got Mittens in a triple-hit-bonus Mormon-missionary/Vietnam/ France tie-in! Too bad you're mostly preaching to the choir.

MISSIONARIES
Susan Denney | Wilkes-Barre, PA | October 08, 2012

Re today's cartoon: The LDS church cut back on the number of missionaries who were allowed to serve during the Vietnam War to allow LDS men to be drafted or to volunteer. My husband, a convert who lived in Louisiana, was on a waiting list to serve a mission but had a very low draft number. He was drafted and volunteered for a three-year tour. He did not go on a mission and did serve his country honorably. I have never heard him complain about that lost opportunity. Today, any young man in the U.S. can serve a mission if he chooses. That was not so during the Vietnam War.  Mr. Romney's draft number in 1970 was 300. My husband's was 54. Even if Mr. Romney had not gone on a mission, he would never have been called up by his draft board.

DRIPPING
C.T. | Paris, FRANCE | October 08, 2012

I laughed aloud at today's strip. Dripping with sarcasm with a sidedish of acid wit, just as I love them. It went very well with my coffee and croissant. And frankly I believe the French came out better than Mr Romney. I do have a point to raise though; Parisians live in apartments, not houses.

OH, MY!
Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | October 08, 2012

Oh, my! GBT is out to make everybody angry today, eh? The French. The Mormons. Anyone who believes in proselytizing and evangelizing and sharing one's faith. Well, he hasn't lost me, but I'm gonna be really interested in Blowback the next few days.

REAL NEWS
Terry McLeod | Dahionega, GA | October 07, 2012

Mike's search for real news underscores my belief that choosing to watch any network news source is like spraying perfume on a pile of horse manure. It may smell different, but we all know what's underneath.

COLD WIND
Joshua | Givat Ada, ISRAEL | October 07, 2012

Today's strip filled me with real dread. How will we, the little people, defend ourselves against the ruthless onslaught of capitalism and unchecked government once the inevitable demise of the free press as we know it is complete? Where will our investigative journalists publish their wares? And who will put bread on their tables? It's a cooold wind of change blowing out there.