Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ bicycles

Here’s another Jesus and Mo post destined to be banned in Pakistan because it’s considered blasphemous by Muslims (somehow Christians never raise objections, despite the many laws against blaspheming Christianity). This week’s strip, called “ride”, in fact mocks ultra-Orthodox Judaism. And it came with this email note:

We’re back. Here’s the story upon which this week’s strip is based:

If you go to the short article, published in Arutz Sheva (a religious Zionist site), you’ll see this:

A step too far? Recent years have seen some haredi rabbis competing over who can levy the most stringencies on their followers.

But the rabbi of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Nahlaot has raised eyebrows among much of the haredi public after issuing a ban on girls aged 5 and up riding bicycles – because it’s “immodest.”

The rabbi stated, according to Ynet, that young girls riding bikes “cause serious damage to their modesty.”

In his ruling, which was distributed in synagogues throughout the neighborhood, he claimed that bicycle seats caused young girls to sit in a way which could be “provocative” to men.

“We inform parents that they are obligated to forbid their daughters from age five and up from acting in this illegitimate way,” it read.

Obligated to forbid! Age five and up! These Haredim are acting like their fundamentalist Muslim counterparts. As always, it’s the female’s responsibility to avoid inciting the uncontrollable lusts of men by dressing and acting “modestly.”

But Jesus’s comment is on the mark:


  1. DW
    Posted July 24, 2019 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    To be fair, Mo finds little girls without bags on their heads to be “provocative”.

  2. Murali
    Posted July 24, 2019 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    This is bad. Paris is far more progressive:

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted July 25, 2019 at 12:38 am | Permalink

      That’s just tidying up one of those old and never-observed laws that all countries have on the books, usually because nobody has ever taken any notice of them so they’ve been completely forgotten.

      Paris women are the most stylish in the world and I can’t see them ever conforming to a dress code if they don’t want to (other than ‘it is forbidden to look frumpy’)



  3. 355101pkl
    Posted July 24, 2019 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    who ever pedals this tosh is taking us for a ride. they are trying to pump up fear by means of recycling ideas that are worthless as a rusty old bike.

  4. eric
    Posted July 24, 2019 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Five? Five?

    • Nicolaas Stempels
      Posted July 24, 2019 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

      Aisha was married to Mohammed when she was five (I guess that’s where the five comes from), although the marriage was only consummated when she reached the ripe old age of nine.
      We should recommend the Prophet for his four year long restraint. /s

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted July 24, 2019 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

        Are you sure it’s a reference to Aisha? Because that was in the past time cone of the Koran – an event they could have been aware of non-miraculously. I think it’s a reference to Medina, which occurred in the Koran’s future time cone.

  5. Charles Sawicki
    Posted July 24, 2019 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    A nice true believer test! If they obey, start taking further advantage of their weakness.

  6. Heather Hastie
    Posted July 24, 2019 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Even before I saw Jesus’ reaction, that was mine.

  7. DutchA
    Posted July 28, 2019 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    Heh! Here in The Netherlands, women on bicycles everywhere. The silly rabbi would have to pluck his eyes out.

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