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The whole concept of religious missionary work is disrespectful and ignorant of each and every culture it attempts to convert. I applaud this week's series as it exposes both Romney's insincerity as well as his background of missionary work which, as I see it, was a prelude to his present insensitivity to everyone outside of his own 'culture.' I see the French background to this as purely comedic and not a slight!
As a practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the current story arc (and Romney's campaign, for that matter) portrays the opposite of what I believe in many ways. Beck and Romney are not universally representative of the political and economic views of my faith. There are moderate and liberal Mormons, including myself and many others -- on the national stage, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
I am actually looking forward to self-righteous indignation spewing forth in response to this lovely sarcastic series. And so it begins. We mock that which we don't understand at our peril. The French and proselytizers in one shot. More! More! I feel I am entitled to it.
So far, this story line doesn't appear to be an attack on anyone other than Mitt Romney, who I consider fair game. Romney is depicted as an opportunist who will twist anything, including his faith, to his advantage. Today's strip in particular gives us a young flip-flopper in the making.
I've read Doonesbury since it's inception and always enjoyed it. Unfortunately, this time you have gone just a bit too far. You mock something you do not understand and have no desire to understand. Yes Mormons proselytize, but no one is pressured to accept our faith. I don't see why it is necessary to excoriate those who wish to share the truth. I would have expected better. Perhaps a stand-in is doing the strip.
I don't think Trudeau understands very well the aims of Mormon missionaries. I served a proselyting mission for the LDS Church for two years and I am not ashamed of it. I believe that I was able to help people be closer to God and that Mitt Romney was able to do the same thing.
GBT overstepped with his latest anti-Romney hit -- using R's religion. I suppose bigotry comes in many flavors.
Today's strip is great! I always wanted to know how Mitt attempted to convince the French to embrace a religion asking them to give up coffee, wine, and Galois. Good practice for a debate?
How to tell when the President's supporters are getting really, really desperate? They have to start attacking his religion. Hold the whipped cream and cherry. The evidence is sweet enough. I know you'll never publish this. That makes it even sweeter.
Ooof! Got Mittens in a triple-hit-bonus Mormon-missionary/Vietnam/ France tie-in! Too bad you're mostly preaching to the choir.
Re today's cartoon: The LDS church cut back on the number of missionaries who were allowed to serve during the Vietnam War to allow LDS men to be drafted or to volunteer. My husband, a convert who lived in Louisiana, was on a waiting list to serve a mission but had a very low draft number. He was drafted and volunteered for a three-year tour. He did not go on a mission and did serve his country honorably. I have never heard him complain about that lost opportunity. Today, any young man in the U.S. can serve a mission if he chooses. That was not so during the Vietnam War. Mr. Romney's draft number in 1970 was 300. My husband's was 54. Even if Mr. Romney had not gone on a mission, he would never have been called up by his draft board.
I laughed aloud at today's strip. Dripping with sarcasm with a sidedish of acid wit, just as I love them. It went very well with my coffee and croissant. And frankly I believe the French came out better than Mr Romney. I do have a point to raise though; Parisians live in apartments, not houses.
Oh, my! GBT is out to make everybody angry today, eh? The French. The Mormons. Anyone who believes in proselytizing and evangelizing and sharing one's faith. Well, he hasn't lost me, but I'm gonna be really interested in Blowback the next few days.
Mike's search for real news underscores my belief that choosing to watch any network news source is like spraying perfume on a pile of horse manure. It may smell different, but we all know what's underneath.
Today's strip filled me with real dread. How will we, the little people, defend ourselves against the ruthless onslaught of capitalism and unchecked government once the inevitable demise of the free press as we know it is complete? Where will our investigative journalists publish their wares? And who will put bread on their tables? It's a cooold wind of change blowing out there.
Mike's hopeless quest for real news echoes my own. During the Arab Spring I found the best source to be Al Jazeera. Now I turn to Democracy Now. I access preferred newspapers on line, as the only paper in Baja worth reading is Zeta, published weekly. It bravely publishes in spite of two editor assassinations. What do CNN, FOX et al. have to fear, an attention-deficit-challenged public?
I feel ya, Mike. Today's strip sums up the news media very well, for me. It's getting worse by the day. All the wrong info for all the wrong reasons.
Likie many long-term fans, I had to search for "sideboob" to find out what the hell it is. I clicked on a likely link and was promptly infected by a Trojan virus. There's a lesson there, as well as a metaphor.
I have decided to think that sideboobs ( I am sorry to say I needed Google to help me with the definition ) are a sort of coda on American Exceptionalism. Since some of us cannot be relaxed about the human body, we will make a fetish of that which approaches being risque, without revealing any real secrets. Loving it.