'Funny' Pages No Place for Offensive Religious Cartoon

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Jewish Committee

    CHICAGO, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement is being issued
 by The American Jewish Committee:
 
     The American Jewish Committee today called a popular comic strip's
 denigration of Judaism highly offensive and urged newspapers across the
 country to either replace it or print a disclaimer on Sunday.
     The "B.C." comic strip, slated to appear on April 15, depicts the seven
 candles of a menorah, a sacred symbol of Jews and Judaism, burning out, one by
 one, as the last seven words of Jesus are recited.  In the last panel of the
 comic strip, the entire menorah, representing the Jewish religion, is replaced
 by a Christian cross.
     "Perhaps the cartoonist doesn't realize how such images are viewed by Jews
 and many Christians as reflecting supersessionist theology," Rabbi Laurence
 Edwards, the AJC's Associate National Director for Interreligious Affairs,
 said.
     "Supersessionism, the belief that Christianity has replaced Judaism, has
 been strongly repudiated by many leading Catholic and Protestant theologians,"
 Edwards said.
     "Whatever the cartoonist's personal beliefs, the insertion of cartoons
 that will be religiously offensive into the comics section of Sunday
 newspapers is highly inappropriate.  Appearing in newspapers on Easter Sunday
 and the last day of Passover makes this form of religious insensitivity all
 the more disturbing."
 
 

SOURCE American Jewish Committee
    CHICAGO, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement is being issued
 by The American Jewish Committee:
 
     The American Jewish Committee today called a popular comic strip's
 denigration of Judaism highly offensive and urged newspapers across the
 country to either replace it or print a disclaimer on Sunday.
     The "B.C." comic strip, slated to appear on April 15, depicts the seven
 candles of a menorah, a sacred symbol of Jews and Judaism, burning out, one by
 one, as the last seven words of Jesus are recited.  In the last panel of the
 comic strip, the entire menorah, representing the Jewish religion, is replaced
 by a Christian cross.
     "Perhaps the cartoonist doesn't realize how such images are viewed by Jews
 and many Christians as reflecting supersessionist theology," Rabbi Laurence
 Edwards, the AJC's Associate National Director for Interreligious Affairs,
 said.
     "Supersessionism, the belief that Christianity has replaced Judaism, has
 been strongly repudiated by many leading Catholic and Protestant theologians,"
 Edwards said.
     "Whatever the cartoonist's personal beliefs, the insertion of cartoons
 that will be religiously offensive into the comics section of Sunday
 newspapers is highly inappropriate.  Appearing in newspapers on Easter Sunday
 and the last day of Passover makes this form of religious insensitivity all
 the more disturbing."
 
 SOURCE  American Jewish Committee