Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ apologetics

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “why”?, is based on an article I discussed a few days ago, and the author sent a link in his/her email message:

It’s hard to know whether the author of this article from the Independent is being cynically deceptive, or honestly self-deceptive.

But it is significant that Mr Rashid cites chapter and verse numbers from the Koran while avoiding actually quoting what they say. If you look them up, you’ll see why. 4:2, 4:20, 4:35. (Be aware that the author of the Independent piece got some of the verse numbers wrong.)

You can find an easily searchable Qur’an here, and I’ve added the links to the verses for your convenience. The strip, I’m pleased to say, makes the same point I did, but of course any rational person would arrive at that conclusion!


  1. Randy schenck
    Posted October 18, 2017 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Every book or document needs an update every few years or so, especially the non fiction. Books such at the bible or Koran need only to be buried or forgotten. Thomas Jefferson believed the Constitution needed a rewrite every generation which he determined was 19 years. To cherry pick and ignore or reinvent the meaning is your signal it is time to move on. Why should the next generation be obligated to live by the last one. Makes no sense at all.

  2. W.Benson
    Posted October 18, 2017 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Right on mark.

  3. busterggi
    Posted October 18, 2017 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Ain’t nothin next to Flatt & Scruggs.

  4. danstarfish
    Posted October 18, 2017 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    I liked this Jesus and Mo. I think it is one of his best ones.

  5. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted October 18, 2017 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    At first I was wondering why it was Mo playing the guitar, but it turns out this instrument originates from Spain during period when it was mostly occupied by Muslims.

    Andalusian Arabic قيثارة (qitara) and Ancient Greek κιθάρα (kithara).

  6. Raph Shirley
    Posted October 18, 2017 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    I was under the impression Muhammed committed statutory rape

    • David Evans
      Posted October 18, 2017 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think that statute existed at the time.

  7. Heather Hastie
    Posted October 18, 2017 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Excellent cartoon!

  8. Mark Joseph
    Posted October 18, 2017 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Great cartoon with an unassailable point.

    Reminds me of a quote I recently ran across, credited to J. M. Green at the Debunking Christianity website, although I was unable to find the original:

    “How inspired can the Bible be, when Christians must ignore so much of it in order to preserve their beliefs?”

  9. somer
    Posted October 18, 2017 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Mr Rashid is also dishonest about the whole nature of the sunnah – which insists on controlling and subordinating women. Even the Ahmadiyyah, though relatively benign compared to orthodox Islam on things like jihad, retain the, lets face it thoroughly crappy attitudes to women. For example their Kalifa (Caliph) recently intoned that women who do not observe purdah (veiling and confinement in the home unless she’s with male relatives or the husband gives her permission to go out) will be excommunicated (spelt out at 2.35). This is spelt out in recording of the Ahmadiyya Kalifa below. Hypocrisy or the inability to think straight seems to be ingrained in Islam.
    [DELETE THIS]com/watch?time_continue=10&v=hzm7ULTZvU8

  10. Posted October 19, 2017 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    Darwin Harmless has commented on J&M’s previous cartoon about tolerance and bigotry, “I’m a little upset that nobody else seems to be very upset about the Naked Rambler, Stephen Gough, a man who walked from Lands End to John O’Groats wearing only boots and socks, currently serving time in jail for simply walking around naked. I’m glad to hear that you too think this indicates an error in our culture.
    We need to do something about this situation. Any suggestions?”

    In the current J&M, Darwin Harmless has a link to a petition supporting Mr. Gough, and I think it deserves wider attention. Please have a look at the petition here, and add your name if you support this cause.

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