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Cartoon crossed the line

Letter to the Editor | Monday, February 26, 2007

I consider myself to have a pretty good sense of humor. And normally I love the cartoons in The Observer. (They’re usually one of the first things I check for.) More than one has made it to the wall of fame in my dorm room.

CroissantWorld is definitely my favorite (reminds me of the Peanuts cartoons from when I was a kid) but I’m often pretty amused by Black Dog as well. I’ve found some of their Biblical parodies pretty funny (and posted at least one in my room), and usually not disrespectful.

I was very disappointed when I read the cartoon for Friday, Feb. 23, however. It is bad enough that so many others in this world mock the Eucharist, but Black Dog … not you, too! There are some things that are too sacred to ever be mocked, and I feel that Black Dog crossed that line. I don’t think it’s appropiate to say that Peter would say the word “gross” in reference to the Eucharist, especially in light of the fact that Peter was the one who stood by Christ when He first talked about the Eucharist in the Gospel of John.

When everyone left because of Christ’s mention of “eating His Body” and “drinking His Blood,” Peter stood by Him, and said, “Lord, where else can we go? You alone have the words of everlasting life!”

I’m disappointed in Black Dog for crossing this line. Some things just aren’t funny. Making fun of the Institution of the Eucharist, especially in this season of Lent, just isn’t funny.

Michele E. Sagala


Lewis Hall

Feb. 23