- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 21, 2001

In The Washington Times´ April 14 Comics section, Johnny Hart´s “B.C.” was offensive not only to the adherents of the Jewish religion, but to all who practice religious tolerance.

On the occasion of Easter, he chose to illustrate not a message of support for all peoples and religions, but an obscene attack on one of the most important symbols of Judaism, a seven branched menorah. In the strip, all of the candles are initially lit. They are extinguished one by one, with quotes drawn from the Christian Bible, culminating in the extinguishing of the final candle and the conversion of the menorah into a cross.

Despite explanations by the writer, the message is clear: Judaism is no longer valid as a belief, having been replaced entirely by Christianity.

If this were the first time that Mr. Hart had indulged in bigotry and attempted to proselytize with his comic strip, it might have been excusable. But Mr. Hart has exhibited this approach to cartooning for a time.

A reprimand for his repeated offenses is not sufficient. At minimum, the strip should be screened for such bigoted views and lack of tolerance; at the most, it should no longer be published.


NELSON MARANS

Silver Spring

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