Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Erasure

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “torah”, brings back “Moe” (my name for Moses) in a witty sketch about Regressive Leftism. I love Mo’s comment in the second panel. 2016-09-21

21 Comments

  1. Rob
    Posted September 21, 2016 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Good one.

  2. TJR
    Posted September 21, 2016 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    And the fifth panel

    “There’s some Sumerians outside who want a word about bronze age Canaanite religion”

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted September 21, 2016 at 8:21 am | Permalink

      Beat me to it. I need to be fast ’round here.
      But before we conclude that the cultural murders continue far back in time, let us be reminded that only white people can be cultural appropriators.

      • loren russell
        Posted September 22, 2016 at 1:15 am | Permalink

        But Jesus was blond and blue-eyed doncha know. Can’t be sure about Paul, but he was probably a redhead. Judging by his temperament…

  3. Posted September 21, 2016 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    theology recapitulates unoriginality

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 21, 2016 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    There is hash and then there’s rehash. The sequel that keeps on boring.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted September 21, 2016 at 8:40 am | Permalink

      The first as tragedy, the second as farce. (One of the Marx brothers said that.)

  5. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted September 21, 2016 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    While prodding the internet for some stuff about cultural appropriation, I found some amusing stuff about cultural appropriation.
    Disney is being criticized by the Politically Correct over their upcoming animated movieMoana, which is about a Polynesian princess.
    There is also a Halloween costume based on the movie that is of course facing Disapproval.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted September 21, 2016 at 8:56 am | Permalink

      While prodding the internet for some stuff about cultural appropriation, I found some amusing stuff about cultural appropriation.

      Sounds like the start of a pretty good Italo Calvino metafiction novel there. 🙂

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted September 21, 2016 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      “their upcoming animated movie Moana, which is about a Polynesian princess.”

      I expect my (polynesian) wife will love it, since she’s never been indoctrinated on the evils of Cultural Appropriation.

      cr

  6. Posted September 21, 2016 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Wow, this one cartoon summed up my History of Christianity class in college!

  7. Posted September 21, 2016 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Perhaps until the Romans put down the 70 AD revolt, Christianity was just another Judaic sect. At least the the group in Jerusalem led by James retained Judaic values: they were Jews.

    But most of the Jerusalem group would not have survived the Roman invasion, about 90,000 legionnaires and auxiliaries, more than double the size of Alexander’s army.

    What did survive the Jewish War were the converts in the places where Paul established Christian churches.

    What Paul preached was his own invention: a Greek mystery religion with a veneer of Judaism. Some historians claim that Paul’s Jesus was derived from the god Attis of his home town, Tarsus. Others claim that Pauline Christianity resembled the cult of Mithras.

    Given the polytheism that existed at the time, one should not be surprised that historians have found traces in Christianity of a whole pantheon of pagan deities.

    The most important and worthy Christian borrowings from Judaism were prohibition of female infanticide and minor improvement in the status of women.

    Malthus revealed an important unworthy borrowing from Judaism when he included “vice” as factor in limiting population growth, along with famine, war and disease.

    “Vice” for Malthus was contraception by various means, as it remains today for the Catholic Church, derived from a misunderstanding of the Sin of Onan, who “spilled his seed upon the ground”.

    What was and is misunderstood is the reason why this was a sin. Not because Onan’s seed was precious, but because he failed in his religious duty to impregnate his sister-in-law after his brother’s death and thus left her childless and his brother without a male heir.

    A further consequence of Malthus’s euphemism, “vice”, has been the erroneous claim that Malthus was wrong because technology makes it the Earth to provide for however many people are born.

    Malthus was wrong because, as a clergyman, he could not envision a time when birth control would no longer be viewed as “vice”.

  8. Posted September 21, 2016 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    I think the Hebrews stole most of the good stuff from the Amorites.

  9. Tom
    Posted September 21, 2016 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    An example of infinite regression?

  10. Johan Richter
    Posted September 21, 2016 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Christianity was started by Jews. I am not sure if this means that Christians have permission or not to use Jewish scripture.

    • Posted September 21, 2016 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

      In the good old days when the only concern was intellectual property, I’d say: “Public domain – copyright expired!”.

  11. TJR
    Posted September 21, 2016 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Given the post title, I was hoping Vince Clarke and Andy Bell were going to appear in the final frame.

  12. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted September 21, 2016 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Although Moe is more often a nickname for Morris, Moe Howard of the Three Stooges was born Moses Harry Horwitz, so it’s legit.

  13. Indrani Roy
    Posted September 22, 2016 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    Superb!

    On Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 6:31 PM, Why Evolution Is True wrote:

    > whyevolutionistrue posted: “Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “torah”, > brings back “Moe” (my name for Moses) in a witty sketch about Regressive > Leftism. I love Mo’s comment in the second panel. ” >

  14. Mike
    Posted September 22, 2016 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    I think UTNAPISHTIM would have something to say about the Flood, He’s still around, as he was granted eternal life, but considering his age he doesn’t get out much.


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