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Tag: Christianity

Feb.
1st

Would Jewish readers find this cartoon offensive?

aria_c130203One of my jobs in the opinionator office is to post editorial cartoons online (click here for the site).  I post pretty much any color cartoon that comes in unless I think it’s too regional for local viewers to understand or, occasionally, because it’s offensive. Generally I give them the benefit of the doubt and post them, figuring online viewers see a lot of borderline material.

Today this one by Robert Arial came in; it’s a tribute to former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who died Friday. It’s the editorial cartoonist cliché of the deceased person at heaven’s pearly gates, with Koch speaking his famous “How’m I doin’?” line.

We talked among ourselves here whether to post it, wondering whether some Jewish readers might find it offensive. Koch, a devout Jew, is wearing a halo – which we thought was a Christian thing. But a quick online search turned up a Q&A with a rabbi who says that the halo does indeed appear in Judaism. But we wondered if Jews would be bothered by the pearly gates, which in the cartoon genre are usually manned by St. Peter. This one doesn’t show any welcoming committee for Koch, but it still seemed like it portrays a Christian view of the afterlife.

Checking with the Judaism 101 website, I found this: Read more »

April
7th

A day to remember the better angels of our nature

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

The people who read these pages hail from dozens of faiths, including Judaism and Islam, and many others are nonbelievers. They don’t look here for homilies.

But from any perspective, the commemoration of Easter – the most sacred of Christian holy days – is a deep and rich tradition.

Even the new breed of combative atheists would acknowledge (if ruefully) that belief in the resurrection of Jesus has had sweeping effects on history.

We’d like to think just about everyone could buy into one assumption implicit in Easter: that mankind is capable of redemption.

The human race can be a vicious, dishonest, self-centered, out-of-control species. We’re at our worst when reaching for power, wealth or revenge, and we spend a lot of time reaching for all three.

Elections are the gentlest way of transferring power from one party to another, but they can be uncommonly nasty. This year’s presidential contests don’t seem any uglier than elections in years past; still, they’ve been rife with raw malice.
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Dec.
5th

Please, some common sense in the end zone

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

Before we get into what Tumwater running back Ronnie Hastie did in the Tacoma Dome last Monday after scoring a touchdown, let’s look at what he didn’t do.

He did not incur his 15-yard penalty for cavorting around the end zone like he’d won the Powerball.

He did not pull down his pants and pretend to moon the losing East Valley Knights.

He did not perform the river dance.

He did not do anything remotely resembling the college and NFL touchdown taunts that gave end zone happiness a bad name.

Hastie got the penalty – a big one, in football – for briefly dropping to one knee and pointing upward. Briefly, as in two seconds. Something he’d never been called on before.
Did that deserve a warning? Maybe. Fifteen yards? No way.
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