Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Anti-Defamation League on that Doonesbury Cartoon

Well, no sooner had I commented on Targuman's comments on the recent Doonesbury cartoon than I spotted this interesting piece on the ADL (Anti-Defamation League)'s reaction to the same piece:

ADL: Doonesbury creator 'maligns Judaism' in comic
The Anti-Defamation League is demanding Garry Trudeau, the creator of the popular Doonesbury comic strip, apologize for a feature that the group says "maligns Judaism" and "promotes a Christian heresy."

The strip, which ran in Newsday's Sunday editions, features a character who refers to the God of the Old Testament, before Jesus was born, as "crabby and snarky," and the God of the New Testament, which centers around the life of Jesus Christ, as "about love." . . . .
It has to be said that the ADL's take is on the ball here. Perhaps the publicity gained from there objection to the piece will itself provide a useful teaching moment.

The ADL have a Press release and there is further comment from Rabbi David Saperstein.

1 comment:

M.W.Grondin said...

Unfortunately, the ADL statement itself is not without error. It puts the blame on the character Reverand Sloan, rather than on the young girl Sam, the character that actually says the things the ADL deplores. But there are so very many things wrong with the Doonesbury strip that it almost looks like a parody of the worst of Christianity - including the ludicrous claim that Jesus was "God's only son".