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PATIENCE
McAlvie | Washington, D.C. | October 10, 2012

Okay, now I get it. This particular series requires a little patience as it plays out. GBT is not, as it first appeared, mocking Romney's religion; he's mocking the fact that Romney used it as a deferment excuse. Twice, apparently. That he was selling religion door-to-door in Paris instead does lend itself to a good bit of mockery.

NOT VERY HONEST
Carol | South Glen Falls, NY | October 10, 2012

In my opinion, using religion as an excuse for an angry putdown, and to justify a diatribe against someone's opinion, is not very honest. The strip would be just as funny if the Romney character were Episcopalian like me. By the way, I've got some pretty good Episcopalian jokes.

MINDSET
Nancy | Lexington, SC | October 10, 2012

I fully see the humor in the current strips. For me there is nothing more offensive than someone who believes that their way should be my way and that they are the true believers. My neighbors are a Kingdom Hall and I have had several visits from the Jehovah's Witnesses, Watchtowers in hand. There is no having any intelligent dialog with people like this so I simply tell them that they are not welcome and I will not listen to their spiel. There is no greater hubris than believing that you have the "word" and are the one "true religion." In my opinion that mindset is an abomination.

THE TARGET
Dave at Collinda | Johnson City, TX | October 10, 2012

One of the most troubling traits of many religious people, regardless of which belief system, is a strong tendency to hyper-sensitivity; perceiving faults and slights where none are present. It seems to me that one has to stretch well past the point of reason to extract any disrespect to the Mormon faith in this week's string of cartoons. The target of the satire is so obviously the seriously truth-challenged Willard Romney.

FATWAHS
Bill Stubblebine | Houston, TX | October 10, 2012

Great strips defaming the Mormon faith. I look forward to your equally derogatory commentary on Catholicism, Judaism and Islam. One more good thing thing about the Mormons is that they don't issue fatwahs. But you knew that.

HIGHER STANDARD
D.M. | Savannah, GA | October 10, 2012

I read your strip faithfully for many years but will no longer. I am thoroughly disgusted by your attack on Mitt Romney's religion. No doubt you do not support him, but attacking a person's religion is a low blow for a political cartoonist / satirist. Even you are held to a higher standard. Shame on you.

YOUR WAR
Daz | Philadelphia, PA | October 10, 2012

"Your war is criminal" The French, eh? They dug their claws into Vietnam as long as they could and only gave it up when they were forced to.

REALLY?
Toni Fish | American Canyon, CA | October 10, 2012

Really? The worst you can say about Romney is that he tried to live his religion? FYI the government limited the number of draft age missionaries (who serve two years at their own expense) the church could send out during Viet Nam war. They got drafted pretty quick upon their return. I had a friend who spent two years preaching the gospel in Korea, followed immediately with serving as a soldier in Viet Nam. My husband was two years a missionary in Canada and then spent eight years in the Navy, including three tours in the West Pacific during Viet Nam. 

SECONDARY
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | October 10, 2012

That Mitt is LDS is secondary to the fact that he's a competitive man who uses anything, including religion, to further his own ends. I don't necessarily condemn that (we're all guilty to one degree or another) but I don't find anything to commend in it either. My grandmother was Mormon, I dated a Mormon, and I had classmates who were Mormons. They all lived by the precept "Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words." Mitt's actions speak for themselves, and they don't speak of charity, devotion to a loving heavenly Father or selfless determination to better the world. As to those who think GBT is tweeking on Mormonism itself -- no. At least, no more than anybody else's faith. He's an equal opportunity badger. Now, forgive me, but coffee's brewing and I need to pick a nice wine for dinner.

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.