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Here is another of my cartoons that points out the biological need for superstition in the human primate. I realize this is an unpopular view in America, but I intentionally don’t shy away from gags that may lose readers––just one of the many reasons I am not rich. Any one person’s personal beliefs, whether they are in traditional ideas of “god” or in the Flying Spaghetti Monster, are not my concern but when viewed from a rational position, they are rather hilarious. They also have a powerful effect on society as so many people worldwide make important decisions based on what they believe their own version of the “invisible magic person in the sky” wants them to do. When they believe their super hero is telling them to help the sick and poor it’s one thing, when they believe it wants them to fly planes into a building full of people (this is 9/11, after all), it’s quite another. And that skips all of the middle-range offenses that people use religion for: bigotry against various races, creeds, sexual orientations, etc. Admirably, comedian Ricky Gervais has made a very public practice of poking fun at religion, but he waited until he was as rich as God to do it.
So as I continue to alienate a certain number of potential readers with my own brand of atheist humor long before I’m wealthy and when I still have much to lose, at least I can look myself in the mirror and feel proud. Albeit it a 99¢ mirror with a plastic frame from the local dollar store. I’m just that kind of an idiot.
JAZZ PICKLE JAR: This cartoon from 2008 is perhaps the boldest example of the kind of cartoon I’m talking about. Many believers will still find it funny and thanks for that. I’ve always said that if you believe in God with a capital “G”, you certainly must believe “He” created the human sense of humor, so why not use it and enjoy a smile?