Pharyngula

Doonesbury scores!

Garry Trudeau has been on a roll lately—the BD story line has been affecting and sympathetic, and now and then, he comes out and slams unreason. There have been long stretches where it feels like he’s phoning it in, but not so much recently.

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Comments

  1. #1 harv
    February 26, 2006

    This will go down as one of my all time favorites. I’ve also enjoyed the “McFriendly” series lately.

  2. #2 Bleach
    February 26, 2006

    Christianity can be justified by faith. That’s the one thing it’s got going. The problem is that so many people out there think they are living on reason. Why question God when there is so much evidence out there? The trees, the sky, the beauty of life?

    Give me a break. But, the resurrection, the Faith’s survival and near domination of the civilized world, not to mention the Jews’ colorful history as God’s chosen people (just don’t ask them if Jews go to hell). These are all things that pass for evidence. When you finally see the light of reason, all you’re left with is faith. Do you have an unjustifiable inner belief that Christianity is correct? For a large proportion of people the answer is probably no, but if the rest are sincere then we really just have to say our job is done.

    Well, that’s for the nice people. If you want to be mean, you can further ridicule their extreme sacrifice for little worldly gain, and make them pay financially for the harm their proclivities cause society. But this finally puts their concerns at the same level as everyone else.

    What we really hate is that religions can jump in the middle of the line or wave the trump card.

  3. #3 Kevin Hayden
    February 26, 2006

    I suspect Trudeau has made Berube a very happy man today.

  4. #4 catherine
    February 26, 2006

    The BD series has been wonderful. But for my money, every series involving Duke (allegedly Hunter Thompson) can be shredded. Also, he did a good evolution piece awhile back involving treatment for an infection. Thanks for your excellent, did I mention excellent, blog.

  5. #5 Thlayli
    February 26, 2006

    I was a little disappointed that BD gave a reason why he’d worn a helmet all that time. I had always thought “It’s part of my goddamn lifestyle!” was sufficient.

  6. #6 No More Mr. Nice Guy!
    February 26, 2006

    Trudeau still has it after all these years. Unlike Scott Adams – talk about phoning it in!

    Years ago I read a letter to the editor in some paper – the Sunday Parade or some such – asking how Trudeau had time to be a cartoonist and Prime Minister of Canada at the same time, and where did a Canadian get off criticizing the US! Around the same time, there was a letter in the same paper saying, “Please help settle a bet. I say that since the Congo is a former Belgian colony, the language they speak there is Flemish”. The ignorance of Merkins never ceases to amaze me.

  7. #7 wamba
    February 26, 2006

    Years ago I read a letter to the editor in some paper – the Sunday Parade or some such – asking how Trudeau had time to be a cartoonist and Prime Minister of Canada at the same time, and where did a Canadian get off criticizing the US!

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  8. #8 anon
    February 26, 2006

    quote
    Around the same time, there was a letter in the same paper saying, “Please help settle a bet. I say that since the Congo is a former Belgian colony, the language they speak there is Flemish”. The ignorance of Merkins never ceases to amaze me.
    endquote

    Come again? I mean, it’s wrong – They don’t speak much Flemish in Congo, but it isn’t what I would call entirely ignorant, since (a) Congo is in fact a former Belgian colony and (b) Flemish is in fact one of the main languages of Belgium. It just wasn’t the one that took hold in Congo. So that’s not an entirely ignorant thing to believe – ignorant of Congo, sure, but not ignorant of Belgium or post-colonial language use more generally.

  9. #9 Kristjan Wager
    February 27, 2006

    Well, if they had know slightly more, they would have asked what kanguage King Leopold spoke, since Congo used to be his personal colony.

  10. #10 Kristjan Wager
    February 27, 2006

    kanguage? ‘language’ of course.

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  11. #11 Ronald Brak
    February 27, 2006

    I believe King Leopold learned kanguage in order to win the affections of a pouched marsupial he’d fallen in love with.

  12. #12 Kurt
    February 27, 2006

    Last week David Horsey had a great cartoon on the history of religion.

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