John on March 8, 2006 at 8:28 am
Michelle Malkin has the sequel to a post I put up last week. This time it’s the University of Saskatchewan and instead of Jesus and Mohammed making out in the tunnel of tolerance, it’s Jesus in another homo-erotic situation.
Unlike the former cartoon, which at least had a semblance of a point, it’s hard to see what the point of this one is except to be as offensive as possible to Christians. In fact, I warn you not to look unless you’re prepared to be offended. This is the Christian equivalent of the cartoon published in the Middle East recently which showed Anne Frank in bed with Hitler.
Small Dead Animals is covering the reaction. An apology is up on the paper’s website with a lame story that this was somehow a mistake in their editorial process. In any case the editor has now resigned. The President of the University has already let his views be known:
In the February 23 edition of the Sheaf, the editors explained that they would not publish the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. It is surprising that they did not exercise similar restraint in their decision to publish ‘Capitalist Piglet’ in the March 2 issue of the paper. This is a cartoon that is certain to cause distress to members of our community. It has divisive shock value only and does nothing to advance the understanding or debate for which universities should be distinguished.
The Sheaf should apologize to us all.
In case you were wondering, this same student paper (The Sheaf) refused to run the Jyllands-Posten cartoons on the grounds that they were needlessly offensive. What a complete double standard they seem to have discovered. Nor is this the first time they’ve gone after Christianity. Check out this cartoon published in an earlier issue of the same paper titled “Too Many Christians, Not Enough Lions.” [Correction: this strip was printed in another campus paper called The Muse not the Sheaf.]
Update: The Sheaf has now removed the cartoons from its online pdf version of the paper. Scrubbed from existence. Still in the recent issue is this important article encouraging everyone to go see the vagina monologues. Why am I not surprised.
Update 3/9: Don’t miss the follow-up post on the cartoonists response to the firestorm.
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