Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Pakistan

PCC(E) is in Davis, California, having left the coast to briefly visit his old haunts. I should be back in Chicago by Saturday morning.

The new Jesus and Mo strip, called “index,” comes with a note and a link, which I’ve also put below:

Yes, we’re talking about Imran Khan.
https://www.ibtimes.co.in/imran-khan-condemns-blasphemous-cartoon-contest-says-will-take-issue-un-778959

The article in question (click on screenshot from the International Business Times):

An excerpt:

Addressing the Senate for the first time, Pakistan’s newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to take the issue of blasphemous activities to the United Nations.

“In the name of Freedom of Expression these westerners don’t realise how their blasphemous activities hurt the sentiments of Muslims all over the world,” the PM said on the announcement made by the leader of Dutch Freedom Party and Parliamentarian Geert Wilders to hold a competition of blasphemous caricatures.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office had called Netherlands Chargé d’Affaires to record a protest against the announcement by Wilders to hold a competition of blasphemous caricatures.

Let us remember, because I can’t forget it, that this website is entirely banned in Pakistan, with the ban enforced by WordPress itself (an American company), simply because I published a Jesus and Mo cartoon on Twitter.

31 Comments

  1. Teresa Carson
    Posted September 12, 2018 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    PCCE — Tell Turelli I said hi!

  2. W.T. Effingham
    Posted September 12, 2018 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    “Welcome to the United Nations, sir, please take a number and have a seat in this area here under the OCC sign for Offenders of Cartoon Characters. We’ll be riiiiiiight with you.”

  3. Graham Martin-Royle
    Posted September 12, 2018 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Aw, diddums. Someones feelings got hurt so “we must do something”. Never mind that so many around the world don’t have enough food, decent health care, education, water, the list is endless. No, lets concentrate on the really important things.

  4. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted September 12, 2018 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    “sentiments”

    … let me try again :

    “sentiments”

    yeah – sentiments!

    sentiments sentiments sentiments

    SENTIMENTS

    Or how about everyone’s favorite trick :

    stnemitnes

    … mmmm, that wasn’t too interesting… ok I’m done, thanks.

  5. Ken Kukec
    Posted September 12, 2018 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    One of the most dangerous circumstances in the world today is that Pakistan — for all its corruption, illiteracy, and poverty; for all its internal pressures from radical Islamists and external conflict with its neighbor India — has The Bomb, thanks to the nefarious machinations of A.Q. Khan.

    • Blue
      Posted September 12, 2018 at 11:38 am | Permalink

      W h o o o o a, Mr Kukec. Inside the World
      just how many others are there … … with such nuclear capability … …
      as thus: “he believed wholeheartedly in
      his own greatness. In his middle age he had
      become a fleshy, banquet – fed man, unused to
      criticism and outrageously self – satisfied.
      Accompanied by his security detail, he would
      go around Pakistan accepting awards and words
      of praise, passing out pictures of himself,
      and holding forth on diverse subjects —
      science, education, health, history, world
      politics, poetry, and (his favorite) the
      magnitude of his achievements. As befits such
      a benefactor, he would also give out money,
      of which he seemed to have an unlimited
      supply, despite the fact that he was a
      government official with a government
      official’s salary and no other obvious means
      of wealth; he bought houses for his friends,
      funded scholarships, set up his own private
      charity, made large donations to mosques, and
      bestowed grants on Pakistani schools and
      institutions, many of which duly named
      themselves or their buildings after him. To
      understand Khan correctly — which to some
      degree is to understand the spread of nuclear
      arsenals beyond the traditional great powers
      – it is necessary to recognize that his
      largesse was not merely a matter of self –
      aggrandizement.”

      What century .is. this one anyhow ? !
      So dismayingly frightening this is.

      Blue

  6. Mike McCants
    Posted September 12, 2018 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    This condemnation was on August 28 and two days later Geert Wilders canceled the contest because of the threats of violence.

  7. Blue
    Posted September 12, 2018 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    And here today ‘s another cartoon that:
    … … also the likes of other such
    religious folks may find offensive !

    Folks by … … the name of Jerry … … are ones who
    ‘ld have .r e a s o n. to be offended !

    http://www.twitter.com/saffroncobra/status/1039920184432181249

    Blue

    • Blue
      Posted September 12, 2018 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

      … … b u t here is one behind which
      we can ALL get, not ?

      http://www.twitter.com/NBharuka/status/870086863884754944

      Blue

    • Posted September 12, 2018 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

      Well, to be fair, after Jesus announced he was the son of God, he wasn’t put in a padded cell, he was crucified.

      • Blue
        Posted September 12, 2018 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

        “crucified” … … which is how those of us who
        have been put in to a padded cell
        against all reason therefor … … also
        feel.

        Especially when … … we are not, again,
        arisen. But are, instead, … …
        ruined.

        Blue

        • Blue
          Posted September 14, 2018 at 9:00 am | Permalink

          Think … … Handmaid Ofgerald as from Gilead and
          from Under His Eye and
          with f r e e d o m soooo a relic of The Past,
          Commander W’dm’y’r’s court – decisioning in re Ofgerald,
          “She’s devious. Always, always plotting.
          Always wanting more.
          She wants to see The Children.
          Hers. Her Three Boys. From … … b e f o r e.”
          … … The Handmaid’s Tale. s2, e6

          Blue

  8. Mark R.
    Posted September 12, 2018 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Religionists are the biggest snowflakes, taking their cues directly from their made-up g*d(s).

    • W.T. Effingham
      Posted September 12, 2018 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

      Cues that are enhanced by humble interpretations of the MOST Reverend Billy-Bob Jethroson.

    • Posted September 12, 2018 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

      How do you take a cue from something that doesn’t exist?

      • Mark R.
        Posted September 12, 2018 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

        Projection.

  9. James Heard
    Posted September 12, 2018 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Imran Khan uses the outlaw of “mischaracterization of holocaust figures” by a few European countries as a comparison of “drawing Mohammad” hurting Muslim sentiments. How about cartoon figures of Jesus “hurting the sentiments of Christians”- I don’t hear an outcry on this issue. Khan is playing to Islamic orthodoxy.

  10. Posted September 12, 2018 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Khan has taken the silly mid off position, without a helmet or pads, which is just plain dumb… but then again, cartoons can do that to you.

  11. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted September 12, 2018 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    “these westerners don’t realise how their blasphemous activities hurt the sentiments of Muslims all over the world”
    “These Muslims don’t realise how their repressive activities (not to mention the murderous ones) hurt the sentiments of atheists and secularists all over the world”, so there.
    I feel deeply for these poor fragile Muslims with their hurt feelings. Kasian Muslims!

  12. rickflick
    Posted September 12, 2018 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Jesus!

  13. JB
    Posted September 12, 2018 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    I miss UC Davis! Did grad school there 20 years ago… sigh…

  14. Heather Hastie
    Posted September 12, 2018 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    And I thought Imran Khan would be a good PM.

    This is not the first time a Muslim country has called for a worldwide ban on blasphemy re Muhammad, and only Muhammad, in the UN. It’s done regularly. Most countries either support it (there are a lot of majority-Muslim countries out there) or abstain (so they don’t upset the majority-Muslim countries). One of the good things the US uses its excessive power in the UN for is to regularly speak out against this and ensure it doesn’t happen.

    • rickflick
      Posted September 12, 2018 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

      I suspect the target audience for these proclamations is the local masses(constituents). They want to see their supreme leader espousing maximum anger in the name of their god of love. Remember the guy was voted into office by a population that hears every week from a priest of the faith barking Quranic doctrine.

      • Heather Hastie
        Posted September 13, 2018 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

        I expect you’re right. It wasn’t the extremists who voted for him, it was the moderates, so he’ll want to be doing stuff to get the extremists on side.

        • Posted October 17, 2018 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

          I’ll believe this when he does something for Aasia Noreen.

      • Posted September 14, 2018 at 11:32 am | Permalink

        Also a place where religion is required for office (in some cases?). I read that to be President of Pakistan (I think) it is explicitly required to be a Muslim.

    • TJR
      Posted September 13, 2018 at 5:03 am | Permalink

      Let’s hope he’s just using it as some cheap virtue signalling (or moral grandstanding if you prefer).

      He was a hell of a bowler, and helped develop reverse swing, without which Jimmy Anderson would not have just broken the record for most test wickets by a pace bowler. So I can forgive him a fair bit.

      • Heather Hastie
        Posted September 13, 2018 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

        He was a brilliant bowler, though I must admit it was partly his looks that got my attention in those days.

  15. eric
    Posted September 12, 2018 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    these westerners don’t realise how their blasphemous activities hurt the sentiments of Muslims all over the world,”

    We understand. We just don think that should make it illegal. Honor killings, on the other hand, we think should be illegal.

    Because hurt sentiments result in hurt sentiments, while murder results in death.

  16. Chris Dicus
    Posted September 13, 2018 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Welcome to Davis! I hope to run into you on the streets as you walk about.

  17. ChrisS
    Posted September 13, 2018 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    Allah doesn’t give a damn about blasphemy. Allah doesn’t give a damn about anything; not about Muslim refugees drowning at sea, nor children being raped.

    The only people who are upset about “blasphemy” are theists who feel it incumbent upon themselves to speak for a god who clearly fails to “speak” for them.


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