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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!
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The thing about Romney's military deferments is that he supported the Vietnam War -- so long as somebody else did the fighting. Last night's Frontline documentary The Choice 2012 shows Romney as a Stanford undergrad marching in protest against the anti-war demonstrators.
I had to come here to read today's installment, since our local Gannet paper, the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin, deleted Romney's response in the last panel.
It is interesting that a French character is berating an American on the Vietnam War being criminal. I guess it wasn't criminal when the French were fighting in Vietnam from 1946 to 1954.
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.
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.
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.
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.