Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ evolution

“Kids”, the new Jesus and Mo cartoon, whose reproduction got this website entirely banned in Pakistan for “hurting the sentiments of Muslims” (WordPress did the banning at the behest of the Pakistani government), is about evolution. As the author said in the accompanying email, “If humans are evolved from animals, how come there are still animals?”

I think this is one of the better strips, and not just because it’s about evolution!

29 Comments

  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted July 25, 2018 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Yes, we are all animals. All to be instinct some day.

    • W.T. Effingham
      Posted July 25, 2018 at 9:42 am | Permalink

      Instinct and extinct.😓 A bit off topic, but some behaviors, (,e.g.: when a river otter encounters a well stocked pond) might disagree with the bartender’s comment in the second panel.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted July 25, 2018 at 9:59 am | Permalink

        I have no instinct for editing. Would the otter kill more fish than it could eat? I know of a few cases when dogs would do this.

      • Posted July 25, 2018 at 10:11 am | Permalink

        Please don’t give the details of the otters in the pond. I am sure it is gruesome!

        It seems clear that animals do not avoid mass murder through some sense of morality. They avoid it because (a) it’s a waste of energy, (b) they want to keep the creatures alive for future meals, or (c) it just didn’t occur to them.

        • Frank Bath
          Posted July 25, 2018 at 10:42 am | Permalink

          The otters are not indiscriminately killing other otters, any more that the fish are doing the same.

        • mikeyc
          Posted July 25, 2018 at 10:43 am | Permalink

          Sometimes it’s also because they don’t have the means. A marauding band of chimps could kill alot of foes if they had AR15s. Instead they are only able to capture and kill a few.

          • Posted July 25, 2018 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

            Yes. I meant to have that one in my list but it slipped my mind.

          • Ken Phelps
            Posted July 25, 2018 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

            The only thing stopping bad otters is good chimps with guns.

        • mikeyc
          Posted July 25, 2018 at 10:56 am | Permalink

          Many animals will kill other animals en masse, but we are a bit of an outlier in that we do it our own species. But humans kill other humans en-masse because we have the means to do it. Many other animals will kill members of their own species, even their own kin (cats are specially known for this trait). It is technology -advanced tool use- that makes mass killings possible. If chimpanzees had machine guns I think there is little doubt that they would have mass killers among them as well. We are animals. We may be outliers in some ways, but we are not specially created.

  2. Sastra
    Posted July 25, 2018 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    If we’re not “animals,” then that just leaves “minerals” or “vegetables.”

    • Roger
      Posted July 25, 2018 at 11:06 am | Permalink

      Ah but creationists can weasel out of anything. There’s a fourth one: Man. Ha ha ah.

      “yet all things man, animal, vegetable and mineral are completely dependent upon and sustained by Him.” –T. J. Milam

    • Posted July 25, 2018 at 11:35 am | Permalink

      If vegetables are restricted to plants, then maybe we’re fungi!

      • Posted July 25, 2018 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

        We are more closely related to fungi than funghi are to plants

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted July 25, 2018 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

          I know a number of decent self-respecting fungi who would be dismayed by that little factoid. 😉

          cr

        • Posted July 27, 2018 at 11:47 am | Permalink

          Yup. Thank Dawkins’ _The Ancestor’s Tale_ for finally answering the question I asked several of my biology teachers!

  3. Posted July 25, 2018 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Mo should have said: “That’s just as bad.” Reminds me of the Hitler joke, coming back to kill all the Jews and 33 geese. God forbid we lay a finger on a non-Christ killing goose. And clearly geese never masturbate. Sinful humans.

  4. Roger
    Posted July 25, 2018 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    “If humans are evolved from animals, how come there are still animals?” That’s actually kind of brilliant lol. If there are any creationists left who ask about the monkeys thing (of course there are) then throw that one at them.

    • Roger
      Posted July 25, 2018 at 10:53 am | Permalink

      In their minds scientists “forgot” that there shouldn’t be any monkeys left. So that would increase in their minds to scientists “forgot” that there would be any animals left. Which would make scientists even dumber. So forget it, don’t throw that one at them because it would only backfire big time.

      • Roger
        Posted July 25, 2018 at 10:58 am | Permalink

        correction: would be any/wouldn’t be any

    • Posted July 25, 2018 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

      If humans came from stardust, why are there still stars?

    • Nell Whiteside
      Posted July 27, 2018 at 6:52 am | Permalink

      If Adam was made of clay/mud why is there still mud?

      If Jesus died to forgive our sins why are there still sins?

  5. Posted July 25, 2018 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Oh no! Bad table manners!

    Which seem to be much more culturally-relative than ethics proper, as it happens. There are places where belching at dinner is rude and places where it is *required* (rude not to, in other words). Places where one should never slurp and places where you should, etc.

  6. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted July 25, 2018 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Surprisingly, masturbation and extramarital sex is decent evidence for our common ancestry with other primates. Not sure about bad table manners.

  7. Posted July 25, 2018 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Jesus’ opening line doesn’t make much sense here in the USA because children are not taught about evolution in schools.

  8. Kiwi Dave
    Posted July 25, 2018 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Panel one: encrourage

  9. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted July 25, 2018 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    YOu know, even in ancient Greece, humans were classified as animals, special and unique in some ways, but animals nonetheless.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted July 25, 2018 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

      That just proves how far we’ve evolved since the Greeks, doesn’t it?

      cr

      Oh, obligatory 🙂

      • Posted July 27, 2018 at 11:48 am | Permalink

        There’s somewhere in Aristotle (I’d have to hunt to find it) where he even asserts that god is an animal. (One without a body, which is a bit weird, but …)


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