Jewish Journal


October 3, 2010

Comic strip pulled for mentioning Muhammad


I don’t read the comics. But if I did, I may have noticed the Non Sequitur strip missing today. Why did 20-plus newspapers reject the comic strip? Because it mentioned—I said mentioned, not depicted—the Prophet Muhammad. Here’s the word from The Daily Cartoonist:

The cartoon by Wiley Miller depicts a lazy, sunny park scene with the caption, “Picture book title voted least likely to ever find a publisher… ‘Where’s Muhammad?’” Characters in the park are buying ice cream, fishing, roller skating, etc. No character is depicted as even Middle Eastern.

Sort of like an episode “South Park” in which Muhammad is allegedly placed inside a bear costume. Really, not one of these reactions since the Danish cartoons in 2006 have been warranted.

You can see the Non Sequitur cartoon in question here. Here’s what Miller told The Washington Post’s comics blog:

“I have absolutely no information on why any of the editors chose not to run it,” “Non Sequitur” creator Wiley Miller tells Comic Riffs. “All I can do is surmise that the irony of their being afraid to run a cartoon that satirizes media’s knee-jerk reaction to anything involving Islam bounced right of their foreheads. So what they’ve actually accomplished is, sadly, [to] validate the point.”

Indeed. Hat tip to the Friendly Atheist.

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