Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Boris

This week’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “apt”, is about the fracas caused by Boris Johnson when, in a Torygraph editorial (now paywalled), he criticized the Danish niqab ban but also criticized the niqab itself, saying that its wearers look like a “letterbox”. So hated is Johnson that, although the letterbox comparison was offensive and inept, people were unable to even assess his substantive argument, which came down in favor of allowing Muslims to wear what they want while criticizing the veiling practiced by many Muslim women.  Here Jesus and a burqa-clad Mo have a conversation about it laden with puns. 


Don’t forget that because I republish the Jesus and Mo strips every week, this entire website is banned in Pakistan, and the American firm WordPress acts as an agent for the Pakistani government by implementing that ban.


  1. Posted August 15, 2018 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    I made the joke years ago ‘Every time I see a yashmak I want to post a letter…’

  2. mikeyc
    Posted August 15, 2018 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Alright now THAT’S funny. Jesus n Mo is often funny in sardonic ways, but this one gave me the giggles.

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted August 15, 2018 at 11:28 am | Permalink

      It was funny to the letter, I’ll give it that.

      Which reminds me of comedian Rowan Atkinson’s response:

      “Atkinson wrote to The Times, saying: “As a lifelong beneficiary of the freedom to make jokes about religion, I do think that Boris Johnson’s joke about wearers of the burka resembling letterboxes is a pretty good one.

      “All jokes about religion cause offence, so it’s pointless apologising for them.

      “You should really only apologise for a bad joke. On that basis, no apology is required.””

      • David Coxill
        Posted August 15, 2018 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

        Have you seen the “Not the Nine o’clock News ” sketch about the BBC Series “Songs of Praise ” ?
        “And My God, Didn’t The Hat Shop Do Well This Week ” is my fav line .

  3. Frank Bath
    Posted August 15, 2018 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Just an ordinary letterbox then, not ‘Satan’s Letterbox’ as I have only heard the slot described.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted August 15, 2018 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

      That’s a different, ahem, “slot.”

      • grasshopper
        Posted August 15, 2018 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

        A quick quip, delivered post hastie 🙂

        • Heather Hastie
          Posted August 15, 2018 at 6:07 pm | Permalink


  4. W.T. Effingham
    Posted August 15, 2018 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Not only do the eye slots appear to function as receptacles for letters and small packages, they also are capable of delivering curious stares.

  5. Geoff Toscano
    Posted August 15, 2018 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    I agree that the observations are amusing and apt. However, I have to ask whether it was really sensible for someone who still thinks he might one day be prime minister (though very unlikely) to say these words. We know that Boris’s brain and mouth usually work without communicating with each other, but I’m not sure that’s really a feature that we should applaud in a possible future leader (does Trump come to mind?).

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted August 15, 2018 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

      I seem to recall Boris receiving a ringing endorsement to be the next PM from our cloddish president while he was standing on the dais with Theresa May.

      Class act, that Donald.

  6. Posted August 15, 2018 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Well if Catholic nuns can be penguins then we can also have Islamic letterboxes…and christian clergy dog collars.


  7. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted August 15, 2018 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Hmm, Boris was being polite, I call them Black Sacks.

    I hasten to add, many (most?) Muslims don’t wear this ridiculous garb. Shoulda seen my Pakistani tenant’s daughters on a Friday night, dressed for a night out. Very elegant.


    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted August 15, 2018 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

      Oh, and by the way, in case it’s not obvious, I don’t find Boris’s comparison offensive or inept. (And I’m not a Boris fan). If you wear stupid clothes or behave in a stupid fashion (like the guard at Arlington the other day) you’re just begging to have your absurdity pointed out. IMO.


  8. Ullrich Fischer
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    Maybe “Going Postal” should be replaced by “Going Jihadi” since postal workers got a bad rap after a few high profile mental breakdowns among their ranks. Statistically, postal workers are no more likely to “go postal” than any other low skilled employment category.

  9. Roger
    Posted August 16, 2018 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    Everyone whatever you do don’t say they look like Gort from The Day the Earth Stood Still because that would be offensive.

    • Roger
      Posted August 16, 2018 at 4:15 am | Permalink

      Because we don’t need this blog banned in outer space too.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted August 16, 2018 at 6:37 am | Permalink


        • Roger
          Posted August 16, 2018 at 6:45 am | Permalink

          Yes we don’t need this blog being zapped by Gort.

          • Hempenstein
            Posted August 16, 2018 at 8:47 am | Permalink

            Not to mention people calling this website a blog.

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