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Oliphant cartoon creating stir among Christians
A recent editorial cartoon by Pat Oliphant regarding Vice President-nominee Sarah Palin has created a stir within the Christian community among those who felt that it lampooned the Pentecostal faith. The cartoon in question depicts Palin speaking in tongues and God responding, “Peter, what’s wrong with this phone? All I can hear is some dam’ right wing politician spouting gibberish!”
Ken Gurley, a belief blogger for the Houston Chronicle is demanding an apology – much like the Danish editor gave after the Mohammed cartoon riots. Mike Rhode corrects Gurley as there was no apology issued for publishing the infamous cartoons and wonders, “why Ken Gurley would like his religion compared to one whose members, after months of inciting to be sure, rioted over cartoon depictions.”
Deborah Howell, the Washington Post Ombudsman, writes that the Post has received about 350 complaints regarding the cartoon – which never ran in print, only online. She thinks the cartoon was “overdoing it.”
David K. Bernard, President of the Urshan Graduate School of Theology wrote a letter asking for an apology from the Post and received a “it’s free speech thing” response back from Jim Brady, executive editor of Washingtonpost.com to which Bernard respond in kind.