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By Tom Toles  | March 28, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Religion, Scandals  
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Emily Clay,

Your religion is for morons. From celibate priests to a pope that lives in extreme luxury from designer shoes to summer chateaus.

Not to mention that the primarily symbol of Christianity is a Roman torture device.

Emily, you are a gullible person for believing and defending such a strange, violent, idiotic religion.



PS- Did you know John Paul II used to flagellate himself?

Posted by: kenk3 | April 1, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sir or Madam,

When I viewed this cartoon and attempted to absorb its message and purpose, I experienced a crushing hurt first, before the more ordinary sentiment of outrage, and finally puzzlement.

I am hurt at the deliberate and malicious attempt to discredit the leader of our Church and our priests, who have given their lives to serve God by serving us, as teachers, as consolers, as healers.

I am angry, but not surprised, that Mr. Toles would choose Holy Week to spew his message of hate. This is a week when Christians, the devout and the tepid, are drawn to the great liturgical celebrations and more deeply into their faith and, for reasons he himself has stated, he does not want that.

The puzzlement comes from the fact that a once prestigious newspaper would publish this tasteless piece. Why? It is irresponsible, far from funny and more to the point, it is not topical. The scandal is old news. It is impossible to calculate the harm already done, but I hope the Washington Post will show decency in publishing an apology.


Emily M. Clay

Posted by: EMCsq | April 1, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

These letters that insult the cartoon are extremely offensive.

Christians believe in some terribly stupid things, that god sent himself down to earth to die for our sins.

I spit on the gullible people that believe in such garbage.

Posted by: kenk3 | April 1, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for this cartoon. Those who condemn its publication must not be reading the rest of this paper and other papers in the rest of the world.

Posted by: lisaswanson | April 1, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

The cover up and hiding allowed this to go on. If you know about a crime, you must report it. The Catholic Church is the church that claims unless you believe the way we tell you to, you will go to hell. Yet, those in control were more interested in covering their behinds than in caring for the children who were harmed. The cartoon is great because it shows that all extreme religions that exclude a common sense form of humanity, are dangerous.

Posted by: valerie14 | April 1, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

It may be an offensive cartoon, but is most certainly true. Those priests used the lure of Jesus' message to bring children into the fold -- and to make sure that parents felt comfortable leaving their children in the priests' charge. From there, they raped those little kids and then, when exposed, worked mightily to cover it up rather than protect them from further harm. The cartoon may offend you, but that is probably because it hits so close to home.

Posted by: mitchellewS | April 1, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

DISPICABLE!is too mild a word to describe the religious prejudice and distortion here in this cartoon. I recall that after 9ll the clarion call to fairness and justice was promoted so as not to blame a whole religion or people by the sins of the few Muslims involved. That was the correct response. This is a scandal that involved less than 4% of clergy that occured almost a half century ago. Most of the clergy today were not ordained and several not even born. Yet it remains top news, and does not follow the same clarion call I referred to following 911. The cover up of the scandal was how all scandal was handled during those times. The Church has paid dearly for the sins of afew miscreants both spiritually and financially. There seems to be alot of people enjoying the fall-out..not the least of which are the lawyers. What ever happened to the injunction that only he who is without sin should be casting stones?
What about the gross calumny committed by the NYT who chose to bring this all up during the holiest weeks of the year. Can we not expect more? even from an almost bankrupt publication that depends upon Mexican drug money for its own survival? No scandal there?

Posted by: shamrock11 | March 31, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I totally agree with the comments made by CoughlinC, Spike007,and clock149. This cartoon is totally offensive and very inappropriate! I am a Christian and Roman Catholic and do not condone the actions of priests who prey on children, but this cartoon depicts all priests as being pediophiles.
These priests who prey on children will pay for their sins on Judgement Day. But for Tom Toles to use an image of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in a manner as he did with this depiction is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!!!!! This is blasphemous!!! Shame on him and shame on the Washington Post for printing it!! May God forgive you all.

Posted by: fedup46 | March 31, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

If one priest acted on his pedophilia, and 100 priest knew about it and did not prosecute the one, then 101 are guilty of abusing that child. The Church is our refuge as well as our spiritual leader, and has to be held to a much higher standard than the lay person. This is as much about the cover-up as it is about the acts of abuse.

Posted by: gss49 | March 30, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Maybe you Christian Warriors can recruit Jihad Jane to your side.

Sabbath Sally? or Laura Lent?

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | March 30, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

The cartoonist says, "My own plan for getting to heaven is to think as little as possible about organized religion."

Spoken just like an average 15 year old (of slightly below average intelligence).

Posted by: thebump | March 29, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

THANK YOU Tom Toles and the Washington Post for making a straightforward statement about the crime / news. (This isn't about Jesus or Holy Week...)

Posted by: Reader59 | March 29, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

You have reached a new, reprehensible low. To use the image of Jesus Christ in such a manner is both vile and disgusting. To publish this during Holy Week is appalling and inexcuseable.
Shame on you and the Post for publishing such trash.

In the words of Jesus Christ, "Father, Forgive them; for they know not what they do". Luke 23:33

Thank you to all of the wonderful priests supporting the Catholic Church throughout the world.

Posted by: clock149 | March 29, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

The Roman Catholic Church claims to be the one true Church. It has a hierarchy devoted to protecting the occasional criminal priest. This is much less about the very few priests who committed vile crimes than it is about an organization that covers up these crimes. I sure do not believe the RC Church is chock full of Pedophiles, but I do believe that the Church's leadership is far more concerned about protecting its image than it is about prosecuting its criminals.

Speaking as a Christian, I am far more offended by the RC Church hierarchy than I am by one editorial cartoon.

Posted by: jmccas | March 29, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"Father forgive me, for I have sinned. It's been -- well, I guess about two hundred deaf boys since my last confession."

Posted by: dudeupnorth | March 29, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

As a Christian and a Roman Catholic I am insulted and appalled by The Post's printing of this cartoon in today's paper. Abuse of innocent children by adults - no matter their walk in life - is INEXCUSABLE! However, to characterize ALL priests as evil pedophiles is unjust. More importantly, the insinuation of using Jesus as an advertisement for such perversion is an insult to all Christians. Shame, Shame, SHAME on The Washington Post!!!!!

Posted by: Spike007 | March 29, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

So, the Catholic faith is now designed as a recruitment tool for pedophilia?

How breathtakingly reprehensible, even by Toles' standards, to create this abomination, particularly during Holy Week.

Does basic decency and taste, and a modicum of respect for Post readers of the Catholic faith, reside anywhere within the opinion pages of the Post?

Toles crossed the line between commentary and inflamatory indictment, apparently with the Post's approval.

Shame on you all.

Best look for devine forgiveness, because you're not going to get mine.

Posted by: CoughlinC | March 29, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Tom, you are so going to Hell for this, but not as far down the pit as those priests.

Posted by: oldguy9 | March 28, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Revenge of the liberal media against the Catholic Church perfectly timed around Easter how nice.

Posted by: taxcutsin12 | March 28, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

“The soundest strategy in war is to postpone final military operations until the moral degeneration of the enemy renders the mortal blow both possible and easy.” Karl Marx

“Marxism is materialism. As such it is with out mercy for religion. Every religious idea, every idea of God, even flirting with the idea of God is unutterable vileness.” Vladimir Lenin

Posted by: Champions | March 28, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

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