Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ the Qur’an

Today’s Jesus and Mo cartoon, called “divine”, is a limerick. Jesus deflates the Prophet (PBUH) with the last line:


  1. GBJames
    Posted September 27, 2018 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    I didn’t get this one at all until you pointed out that it was a limerick. Thanks!

    • Roger
      Posted September 27, 2018 at 9:59 am | Permalink

      I didn’t get it even though he said it was a limerick until like about the third time through dude.

  2. CAS
    Posted September 27, 2018 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Omar Khayyám (1048 – 1131 AD) one of the great polymaths of the Islamic Golden Age said it best:
    Allah, perchance, the secret word might spell;
    If Allah be, He keeps His secret well;
     What He hath hidden, who shall hope to find?
    Shall God His secret to a maggot tell?
    The Koran! well, come put me to the test—
    Lovely old book in hideous error drest—
     Believe me, I can quote the Koran too,
    The unbeliever knows his Koran best.
    And do you think that unto such as you,
    A maggot-minded, starved, fanatic crew,
     God gave the secret, and denied it me?—
    Well, well, what matters it! believe that too.
    Omar Khayyam: The Rubaiyat

  3. Sastra
    Posted September 27, 2018 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Yeah, Jesus is one to talk about someone being “overrated.”

    Though I was raised without religion, as an adult Idecided to finally try to read the entire Bible from start to finish. I knew the major stories and poetic passages, of course (they had seeped into the background culture as stories and poetic passages) but I wanted to get serious and give it an honest shot. Many people apparently believed that not only was this book breathtakingly beautiful and life-changing, but it was a communication from the Creator of the Universe intended to teach us our purpose and meaning. I was rather excited to see what all the excitement was about.

    To say I was underwhelmed is an understatement. I gave up on the OT somewhere in Numbers or Kings, though I did manage to read the NT twice, back to back (a helpful habit from my university major in Literature.)

    As a piece of ancient literature, it was impressive. I could easily see how an historian or anthropologist could find it useful for understanding this bit of our past and psychology. It was academically rich.

    But that wasn’t the measure I was using. Did this book teach me anything amazingly useful? Did it have all the hallmarks of supernatural divinity? Was I just blown away???

    Not just no, but hell no. I think people who are raised with constant lessons and reassurances that the Bible or Quran or Vedas or HolyTextWhatever is WONDERFUL somehow learn to read profundity into rather trite or awkward scriptures. They import what they need to see and look at creepy ancient rules and beliefs as if they were enlightening insights into how societies and individuals best work.

    But come at it objectively and there’s nothing obvious or wise about sin, atonement, or any of it. The major themes read like ancient superstition. The stories about the people are mildly interesting, sure. But no more so than hundreds of other stories in books that aren’t supposed to have been handed down by a god.

    In fact, the main premise —“If God wanted to communicate something vitally important to us, He’d do it with a BOOK, right?” just seems ludicrous. The scale is off. Way off. The thought of the Ground of All Being, Meaning, and Purpose waiting around for millennia to pick some random tribe or person and “inspire” them to scrabble together a boring, convoluted, contradictory mess which will slowly get passed around over centuries… isn’t plausible. It certainly isn’t self-evident or gratitude-inspiring.

    Not just overrated, but WTF?

    • Mike Cracraft
      Posted September 27, 2018 at 10:15 am | Permalink

      100 % correct. The invisible sky being comes off in the OT as a genocidal maniac and slave master. To my mind the OT is much more important than the NT in revealing the true nature of the G of B.

      • Sastra
        Posted September 27, 2018 at 11:40 am | Permalink

        Yes, but as Mark Twain pointed out, Jesus invented Hell.

    • eric
      Posted September 27, 2018 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

      To be fair to Jesus, he isn’t responsible for the mundanity of the OT and was quite cagey about even the implication of sharing godhood. The equivocation of the two came later, from other people.

      But, you’re basically right. Most people declare the Bible is wonderful based on having read just it’s most popular and well-written bits. It’s kind of like watching the kick-butt 30-second commercial for some stinker action movie over and over again, and giving the movie a great review based on it.

    • Mark Joseph
      Posted September 27, 2018 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

      Agree 100%.

      Nevertheless, back to the cartoon, and the Koran being overrated; wow, is that the understatement of the year. As you said, parts of the bible are mildly interesting. The Koran, on the other hand, has got to be the most stupefyingly boring book ever written. I’m still laboring through it, but hundreds of repetitions of “allah knows all” and “believers will be rewarded” and “unbelievers will fry in hell” with no stories, no reasons, no literary variety, is practically a self-parody. If this is allah’s most bestest revelation, I’m glad I’ve never had to sit down to dinner with him.

      • ChrisS
        Posted September 28, 2018 at 2:11 am | Permalink

        Yeah, Mark, once you’ve suffered through the first couple hundred pages, it’s basically a rehash of stuff that bored you the first time around

        Muslims lovingly quoting the goddamn thing is the aural equivalent of water-boarding.

  4. ChrisS
    Posted September 27, 2018 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Disparaging the Bible
    Has been known to cause libel
    But it’s considered far worse
    If you defame the Koran’s verse
    Igniting passions which are really quite tribal

  5. Dan Wolf
    Posted September 27, 2018 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    With friends like this, who needs enemies?

    Limerick form is a nice touch though.

    Only thing better might be a haiku?

    On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 6:31 AM, Why Evolution Is True wrote:

    > whyevolutionistrue posted: “Today’s Jesus and Mo cartoon, called “divine”, > is a limerick. Jesus deflates the Prophet (PBUH) with the last line: ” >

    • grasshopper
      Posted September 27, 2018 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

      A hemi-haiku:

      Oh blind carpenter, seize awl.
      Leave this mortal plane.
      And soar.

  6. FB
    Posted September 27, 2018 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    The guys that wrote The Book of Mormon and the Qur’an had a very low opinion about the intelligence of their fellow humans.

  7. Posted September 27, 2018 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Koran is often pretty on the outside, reprehensible (contentwise) on the inside … an example where judging a book by its cover leads to the wrong conclusion! 🙂

  8. Ross, CS (dorcheat)
    Posted September 27, 2018 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Can anybody read what Mo is drinking in the can on the right on the sofa arm?

    I always have to laugh at Mo drinking in the bar scenes of these comic strips. I presume he drinks non-alcoholic sodas in his pint glass.

    • GBJames
      Posted September 27, 2018 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

      It is a Guinness.

  9. Posted September 27, 2018 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    I find it interesting that Jesus has his back turned. Is that a hidden comment also? I think it is.

  10. Diane G
    Posted September 28, 2018 at 2:48 am | Permalink


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