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Barbara Sullivan | Dayton, OH | October 12, 2012

I have been appreciative of your work over the years for its candor, current view, and biting wit. However, I think that your recent strips of Romney in France are very mean-spirited and beneath you. Is there ever an "age of accountability" for political personages? I really don't care what a future politician does in the formative, passionate youthful years. Perhaps we can start poking fun at people when they enter the public eye as neighborhood organizers or company executives, but are our choices in the formative years really germane to the presidential debate? Why not stick to the past 30 years?

Gerard van Geleuken | LUXEMBOURG | October 11, 2012

People who complain that Trudeau is only mean to Christians obviously haven't been reading the strip. By my count, at least 792 Muslim fanatics have met a violent end at the hands of the Red Rascal.

Hisham | Cambridge, UK | October 11, 2012

All through this week I have been feeling a portentous, almost thrilling sense of unease. Romney is actually depicted in this week's strips. He's not out of the frame, he's not represented by a symbol. It feels like something very powerful is being quietly stated in the Doonesbury universe. What does it mean? I wait with bated breath.

David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | October 10, 2012

Satiric treatment of politics and religion is clearly something up with which certain Doonesbury readers will not put, in particular readers ignorant of the fact that from 1887 to 1954 Viet Nam was French. Consequently certain Blowback comments on your Romney-Mormon-France-VietNam story arc are funnier than the strips!

Kevin Swaney | Toledo, OH | October 10, 2012

If one wants to test others' senses of humor, one need only bring religion into the conversation. The fact that the strip is actually about Romney, not the LDS church, appears to be lost to the rip currents in the wave of (self-)righteous indignation.

Doug Olenick | Commack, NY | October 10, 2012

I have been a Doonesbury fan since Duke was governor of Samoa. This despite my conservative political stance. However, today I will sadly pull myself from the ranks as a fan because you are attacking a person's religion. Whether you agree with Mr. Romney or not, making fun of his religious activity is deplorable. Goodbye.

Pam | Miami, FL | October 10, 2012

The thing about Romney's military deferments is that he supported the Vietnam War -- so long as somebody else did the fighting. Last night's Frontline documentary The Choice 2012 shows Romney as a Stanford undergrad marching in protest against the anti-war demonstrators.

Bert Prohaska | Binghamton, NY | October 10, 2012

I had to come here to read today's installment, since our local Gannet paper, the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin, deleted Romney's response in the last panel.

Jeff Kleven | Johnson City, TN | October 10, 2012

It is interesting that a French character is berating an American on the Vietnam War being criminal. I guess it wasn't criminal when the French were fighting in Vietnam from 1946 to 1954.

McAlvie | Washington, D.C. | October 10, 2012

Okay, now I get it. This particular series requires a little patience as it plays out. GBT is not, as it first appeared, mocking Romney's religion; he's mocking the fact that Romney used it as a deferment excuse. Twice, apparently. That he was selling religion door-to-door in Paris instead does lend itself to a good bit of mockery.

Carol | South Glen Falls, NY | October 10, 2012

In my opinion, using religion as an excuse for an angry putdown, and to justify a diatribe against someone's opinion, is not very honest. The strip would be just as funny if the Romney character were Episcopalian like me. By the way, I've got some pretty good Episcopalian jokes.

Nancy | Lexington, SC | October 10, 2012

I fully see the humor in the current strips. For me there is nothing more offensive than someone who believes that their way should be my way and that they are the true believers. My neighbors are a Kingdom Hall and I have had several visits from the Jehovah's Witnesses, Watchtowers in hand. There is no having any intelligent dialog with people like this so I simply tell them that they are not welcome and I will not listen to their spiel. There is no greater hubris than believing that you have the "word" and are the one "true religion." In my opinion that mindset is an abomination.

Dave at Collinda | Johnson City, TX | October 10, 2012

One of the most troubling traits of many religious people, regardless of which belief system, is a strong tendency to hyper-sensitivity; perceiving faults and slights where none are present. It seems to me that one has to stretch well past the point of reason to extract any disrespect to the Mormon faith in this week's string of cartoons. The target of the satire is so obviously the seriously truth-challenged Willard Romney.

Bill Stubblebine | Houston, TX | October 10, 2012

Great strips defaming the Mormon faith. I look forward to your equally derogatory commentary on Catholicism, Judaism and Islam. One more good thing thing about the Mormons is that they don't issue fatwahs. But you knew that.

D.M. | Savannah, GA | October 10, 2012

I read your strip faithfully for many years but will no longer. I am thoroughly disgusted by your attack on Mitt Romney's religion. No doubt you do not support him, but attacking a person's religion is a low blow for a political cartoonist / satirist. Even you are held to a higher standard. Shame on you.

Daz | Philadelphia, PA | October 10, 2012

"Your war is criminal" The French, eh? They dug their claws into Vietnam as long as they could and only gave it up when they were forced to.

Toni Fish | American Canyon, CA | October 10, 2012

Really? The worst you can say about Romney is that he tried to live his religion? FYI the government limited the number of draft age missionaries (who serve two years at their own expense) the church could send out during Viet Nam war. They got drafted pretty quick upon their return. I had a friend who spent two years preaching the gospel in Korea, followed immediately with serving as a soldier in Viet Nam. My husband was two years a missionary in Canada and then spent eight years in the Navy, including three tours in the West Pacific during Viet Nam. 

Allie | Gettysburg, PA | October 10, 2012

That Mitt is LDS is secondary to the fact that he's a competitive man who uses anything, including religion, to further his own ends. I don't necessarily condemn that (we're all guilty to one degree or another) but I don't find anything to commend in it either. My grandmother was Mormon, I dated a Mormon, and I had classmates who were Mormons. They all lived by the precept "Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words." Mitt's actions speak for themselves, and they don't speak of charity, devotion to a loving heavenly Father or selfless determination to better the world. As to those who think GBT is tweeking on Mormonism itself -- no. At least, no more than anybody else's faith. He's an equal opportunity badger. Now, forgive me, but coffee's brewing and I need to pick a nice wine for dinner.

T. Wilson | Tampa, FL | October 10, 2012

I normally enjoy your strip despite your occasional over-the-top left bias. However your hypocrisy with this week's story line is reaching new heights. Not only are you going after Mitt's religion but his Vietnam era military deferments. The closest Obama ever got to the military was an anti-ROTC protest in college, and let's not even start re Clinton's outright draft evasion.

Steve | Philadelphia, PA | October 09, 2012

With all the fuss about the portrayal of Romney's religion, perhaps nobody noticed the portrayal of Romney. He's not invisible. How unusual.