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RELIGIONS
Bob | St. Augustine, FL | October 16, 2012

Religions laughing at themselves? Ever been to a Presbyterian church when the pastor tries to get "God's Frozen Chosen" to sing a peppy Baptist hymn? Now, that's funny.

EXTRA MINUTES
Jane Maze | Canberra, AUSTRALIA | October 14, 2012

What do women do with three 'extra' minutes in the kitchen? Clean anything that's dirty, put away dry dishes, tidy away mess, prepare something else at the same time...and wish that some men would do the same.

GOOD THINKING
Normann Aa. Nielsen | Odder, DENMARK | October 14, 2012

Whaoo! The idea of pushing content to the micro-displays of the kitchen utillities that Earl came up with today strikes me as totally cool. And I'm a programmer! Good thinking!

DEAD-ON
Margaret | Kansas City, MO | October 13, 2012

I have to complain about the options offered in the current Straw Poll on HuffPo. I am a regular HuffPo reader and commenter and I agreed with all three of the choices describing the site. Everyone of them was dead-on.

WAITING
Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | October 13, 2012

Ahhhhhhhhh...... There we go! I've been waiting for the punchline for this series all week long. Thanks, Garry. I knew this week wasn't about religion as much as it was going to be about politics and the man himself, whom I reject as well!

THE LIST
Sue Lester | Comstock Park, MI | October 13, 2012

You can add Unitarian-Universalists (God doesn't have multiple personalities and everybody gets to heaven eventually) to the list of those who can laugh at themselves. Of course that's because we're not a real religion.

WHEN?
Mrs .Grimble | Scotland, UK | October 13, 2012

All this week, GBT has been poking fun at the unwashed, slovenly, gauloise-smoking French. When is he going to give us Brits the same treatment?

HARD TO BELIEVE
Anne | Bath, MAINE | October 12, 2012

I am finding it hard to believe this current series, which is set in 1968. At that time no Parisian in their right mind would speak English to a person who was speaking English. Even if they knew English they would be dammed if they would use it -- make the Anglos squirm!

COME ON, FOLKS
Ann Birdsall | Bedford, CANADA | October 12, 2012

Since when is Mormonism, or any religion, beyond poking fun at? Come on, folks, one of the biggest shows on Broadway is The Book of Mormon!

MORMONS
Joshua Rey | London, UK | October 12, 2012

I must say, in the strip this week Mormons come out better than Parisians. Cheerful, healthy, energetic, clean, smartly turned out -- what's not to like?

IRONY DEFICIENCY
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | October 12, 2012

Jews do have a good capacity to laugh at themselves. So do Catholics. The rest of us have a bit of an "irony deficiency" as far as laughing at ourselves and our various sectarian foibles is concerned. (I'm neither Mormon, nor Jewish, nor Catholic, but -- in American terms -- a Methodist with marked Episcopalian tendencies.) The concept of Mitt Romney as an earnest young Mormon missionary in ultra-secular 1960s France is tres funny. Let's all lighten up.

TEST
David J. | Oracle, AZ | October 12, 2012

Yes indeed. All one has to do is bring up religion to test the humor of the reader. Every great comedian knows that religion is one of the great sacred cows of the human posture. And ridicule and satire is really the only rational response to any religion. R.I.P. Lenny, George, et al.

BASHING MORMONISM
Baura | Oakland, CA | October 12, 2012

It's interesting that so many people are accusing GBT of bashing Mormonism in these strips. But the only aspect of Mormonism that is even mentioned is the fact that they send missionaries out door to door. The rest of it is about Mitt. I remember my father telling me about how a book he was reading was "anti-Mormon." I read the book (Irving Wallace's The 27th Wife) and was impressed with how fair and balanced it was. A lot of Mormons seem to believe that anything that isn't praising the religion must be bashing it. When we Mormons finally get over our inferiority complex and are able to laugh at ourselves, then we will have caught up with the Jews.

SUBTLE
McAlvie | Washington, D.C. | October 12, 2012

I've been reading the Blowback comments, and I'm a little disappointed that so many Doonesbury fans are missing the message. It's probably more subtle than usual, but still. This series isn't about Romney's faith, it's about his flipflopping. Really, people should know GBT better by now.

GERMANE
Barbara Sullivan | Dayton, OH | October 12, 2012

I have been appreciative of your work over the years for its candor, current view, and biting wit. However, I think that your recent strips of Romney in France are very mean-spirited and beneath you. Is there ever an "age of accountability" for political personages? I really don't care what a future politician does in the formative, passionate youthful years. Perhaps we can start poking fun at people when they enter the public eye as neighborhood organizers or company executives, but are our choices in the formative years really germane to the presidential debate? Why not stick to the past 30 years?

MEAN
Gerard van Geleuken | LUXEMBOURG | October 11, 2012

People who complain that Trudeau is only mean to Christians obviously haven't been reading the strip. By my count, at least 792 Muslim fanatics have met a violent end at the hands of the Red Rascal.

BATED BREATH
Hisham | Cambridge, UK | October 11, 2012

All through this week I have been feeling a portentous, almost thrilling sense of unease. Romney is actually depicted in this week's strips. He's not out of the frame, he's not represented by a symbol. It feels like something very powerful is being quietly stated in the Doonesbury universe. What does it mean? I wait with bated breath.

READERS
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | October 10, 2012

Satiric treatment of politics and religion is clearly something up with which certain Doonesbury readers will not put, in particular readers ignorant of the fact that from 1887 to 1954 Viet Nam was French. Consequently certain Blowback comments on your Romney-Mormon-France-VietNam story arc are funnier than the strips!

LOST
Kevin Swaney | Toledo, OH | October 10, 2012

If one wants to test others' senses of humor, one need only bring religion into the conversation. The fact that the strip is actually about Romney, not the LDS church, appears to be lost to the rip currents in the wave of (self-)righteous indignation.

GOODBYE
Doug Olenick | Commack, NY | October 10, 2012

I have been a Doonesbury fan since Duke was governor of Samoa. This despite my conservative political stance. However, today I will sadly pull myself from the ranks as a fan because you are attacking a person's religion. Whether you agree with Mr. Romney or not, making fun of his religious activity is deplorable. Goodbye.