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Christian-Themed Cartoons Draw Ire

Two cartoons that ran in a University of Virginia student newspaper recently have sparked thousands of e-mails to the school and the paper with complaints that they are offensive and blasphemous.

Third-year student Grant Woolard drew the comics for the Cavalier Daily, one of which is called "Christ on a Cartesian Coordinate Plane," with a drawing of the X and Y axes over his figure on the cross. The other, "A Nativity Ob-scene," is of Joseph and the Virgin Mary talking about a bumpy rash she has, with her saying, "I swear, it was immaculately transmitted!"

Members of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights -- among others -- were not amused.

Form e-mails from members across the country have pelted the U-Va. president's office and the Cavalier Daily.

by MarekNYC on Fri Sep 15th, 2006 at 01:42:42 AM EST
So what paper will be first to reprint the cartoons to defend the freedom of the press?

Sweden's finest (and perhaps only) collaborative, leftist e-newspaper Synapze.se
by A swedish kind of death on Fri Sep 15th, 2006 at 07:53:45 AM EST
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Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten, certainly!

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. — Euripides
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Sep 15th, 2006 at 07:56:26 AM EST
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I've seen lots of this stuff in the American press so I 'm not sure who is writing him. My guess: it's not the public but a band of fundies. They'll protest anything.

I have one qualm with the cartoon guy though. if you're going to lampoon a religion, at least learn a little about that religion, because otherwise you look like a dunce.

The Immaculate Conception does not refer to the conception of Jesus in Mary's womb. Besides, Jesus had a brother, James.

by Upstate NY on Fri Sep 15th, 2006 at 09:39:32 AM EST
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