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  1. WalterWalcarpit says:

    LOL. It’s an inverted form of trolling. Some troll deliberately to cause offence. Others, it seems, trawl deliberately to take it. Perhaps Mo is just making sure he has some ‘followers’.

  2. Maggs says:

    Innocent schminnocent! Everyone you come across these days is probably crazy, just keep schtum and carry on…

  3. HaggisForBrains says:

    Brilliant!

    And how does Mo feel about the well-known British chain of Mecca bingo halls, actively promoting gambling? Does he realise that MECCA is a registered trade mark of Rank Leisure Holdings Ltd.? Perhaps Rank should be suing Mo and his followers for misuse of its trademark.

  4. WalterWalcarpit says:

    I must be avoiding something again … but I put ‘beer mecca’ into the search field & am tickled by the irony that ‘mecca’, having become a noun for a place that attracts people of a particular group, can now be a place for people to worship beer! So while a non-muslim might be prohibited from entering the city of Mecca one might be able to get into the spirit of it.

  5. Kakapo says:

    For anyone who’s interested, the antepenultimate character in the last panel is a capital letter O, not a zero. There’s only the mildest hint of controversy there so far, from 11:01 this morning.

  6. Myrrhine says:

    That is an excellent comment on manufactured controversy.

    I was once on a couple of Livejournal groups where people posted things they had encountered that were offensive (in that they were sexist and/or homophobic). I eventually decided it was perverse signing up to something that was just going to annoy me every single day. I still follow news and blogs but I can do without hearing every single little irritation since I can see the problems for myself without hearing more from others.

  7. Pezski says:

    It reminds me of a news story I heard years ago where the reporter described how Jerusalem was becoming “a mecca for tourists”. It made me chuckle.

  8. Exactly how it happened with the Danish cartoon. Nobody noticed until the Imams started spreading copies of it all over the globe. They have blood on their hands. Right on, Author. Another bull’s eye.

  9. hotrats says:

    ‘The Satanic Verses, cartoons of The Prophet, and now mockery with beer labels – It’s insufferable! No-one can be permitted to cause so great an offence!’

    ‘But lots of people are just as deeply offended by laws supporting child marriage, stoning, honour killings, jihadist murder, and denying human rights to women, gays, and anyone who disagrees! Who gives you permission to offend them?’

    ‘There you go again… mocking Islam! It’s insufferable!’

  10. cass says:

    although it’s a good point, it seems that your cartoons are moving to mocking islam while ignoring the hilarity that is christianity – when will you move on them too?

  11. Nassar Ben Houdja says:

    Those constantly looking to be offended
    Should over a barrel be bended
    A swift kick from the motivated
    Would get the nit pickers educated
    And this cult ignorance finally ended.

  12. hotrats says:

    My own sympathies fail to awaken
    If grown men are so easily shaken
    That they overreact
    While ignoring the fact
    That offence can’t be given, until taken.

  13. David says:

    I feel the urge to make a pilgrimage.

  14. impartial spectator says:

    Reminds me of the good old days back in 2005, when the Danish Mo-cartoons were first published.

  15. fenchurch says:

    @Cass – the hilarity of xianity is treated with its due attention, isn’t it? Looking at archives shows no neglect of that flavour of myth’s boneheadedness.
    Now, if you wanted to complain of an under-representation of, say, Hinduism, then yes, that is a problem.

  16. Ketil w.Grevstad says:

    :-) :-). Great one, i like it

  17. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    Calls to mind those cartoons that nobody but a handful of Danes saw – until exactly the same happened as is happening here.

    Sorry if this copies anybody else’s post here, but I’ve still got a problem seeing latest posts. I’m resigned to the fact that I need to unbuckle the neccesary and get a new pc. :-(

  18. Arki says:

    really made me laugh!
    It’s so true! Muslims act like such sensitive people.

  19. Just like the danish cartoons says:

    Trouble makers indeed!

  20. With love from @areyouoffendedyet and @whyarentyoushoutingalready.

  21. Timmay says:

    You have, of course, heard about He’Brew, no?

    http://www.shmaltzbrewing.com/HEBREW/index.html

  22. Warren says:

    What does Apple Computer say about the use of their logo in your cartoons? They don’t kick in a contribution do they?

  23. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    For further proof of the tendency of certain people to create offence where non exists, particularly when it comes to portraying the human form, I would recommend watching ‘The Hidden Art of Islam’ on the BBCi player.
    The programme shows that there is no Islamic blanket ban on portraying humans, even Mo (pbuh), in art. In fact, Mecca is choc full of art portraying humans. What is forbidden is simply the worshipping of the image, not the making of the image itself. This has been twisted by those who wished to have Mo’s followers seen as persecuted, and so spread hatred of us infidels.
    Considering the above, it seems that Mo has no need of a body-double. Hmmm.

  24. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    Fenchurch, there is a particularly funny strip featuring Ganesh in the archives, way back around aug/sep 2006. I spent a couple of hours last night going through the older strips; my ribs are still aching.

  25. rcs says:

    Oops. Let me try that again.

    And then there’s Ale Mary’s. (via Digital Cuttlefish)

  26. European says:

    Still prefer beer made of water, malt, and hops
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinheitsgebot
    Puritan greetings…

  27. WalterWalcarpit says:

    Fenchurch, put ‘Hindu’ in the search field hiding above the subscription one at top right. There’s a great result for Mormon too. Interestingly no response from Buddha. Great fun, that search field …

  28. Evil Little Thing says:

    @Timmay – He-Brew now that’s not funny, that’s blasphamy! Ha, ha, ha. If there is one named Ale-Theist, then they will have crossed the line!!

  29. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    WalterWalcarpit, it’s said that if you want to insult a religion at no risk to yourself, pick on the Buddhists; at best they ignore you, but push them too far and they self-harm.

  30. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    On the subject of religion and alcoholic beverages, there has been one brew around for many years that could have been developed with fundies of all religions in mind.
    The name of this drink? Bitter.

  31. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    How about a genuine Christian cocktail? The Bloody Mary; vodka, Worcestershire Sauce and ‘martyr juice :-)

  32. Peakcrew says:

    Hmmmm – I like the sound of that beer! However, since the author goes on about it reminding him of Morocco, one wonders how they came up with the name of a city in Saudi Arabia!

    To be fair, their are no people expressing offence in the comments section of the page, which did surprise me, however the author does refer to “provoking site like Jesus and Mo” (presumably he hasn’t actually grasped what we are about).

  33. Author says:

    @Peakcrew – That’s what I thought about Medina at first. But a medina is also the old quarter of a city. Many cities of Morocco and Tunisia have them.

  34. Hobbes says:

    Let’s hear it for a new beer called “Jesus and Mo Beer.” Perhaps Author can home brew?

  35. kennypo65 says:

    Some people are such cry-babies. If you don’t want to be offended by western expressions of free speech, then go back to that desert hell-hole that you came from and leave the rest of us the fuck alone.

  36. fuzzy says:

    Come on guys, aren’t you being a bit harsh. After all, from what I gather, Islam is focused on the after life and pretty much restricts what you can in this life. So being offended must be something of a highlight, without it life would be a total bore for a Muslim. Live and let livid, I say.

  37. DinahA says:

    There’s also a beer in Spain called Mezquita, which is the Spanish word for mosque. This “Mosque Beer” is sold in Spanish supermarkets and it’s actually rather nice. As far as I know, Spanish Muslims have yet to kick off about it.
    http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/9262/32806/?sort=topr&start=0

  38. Author says:

    @DinaA – Thanks for that interesting snippet of information. I have passed it on via a comment on Pete Brown’s blog.

  39. Jerry w says:

    @Hobbes,
    “Mo Beer”! You’ve hit on a great marketing idea there. I can see the commercial already: “When you’re going to have friends over, be sure to buy ‘Mo Beer’, because that’s what they’ll ask for by name if you ask them what they want to drink”.
    @AOS, Mac is the new PC

  40. IanB says:

    Medina is also the old capital of Malta, although at different times it seems to be spelt either Medina or Mdina.

  41. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    Heh, ‘Live and let livid’. Nice one, Fuzzy.

  42. NoGods says:

    I’m offended that Mo uses a Mac! Pretend friends are Windows users!

  43. JohnM says:

    AoS
    Save your cash. Just install a lightweight operating system like Puppy or DamnSmallLinux in the machine you already own. You can download these, and numerous other Gnu-Linux OSes, for free.

  44. Peakcrew says:

    Ah – I’ve learned two things today regarding Medina. Many apologies – it didn’t occur for me to check whether there were alternative meanings/uses of the word, which I should have done instead of assuming that the chap on the blog was silly. I should know better than that, because I know that we don’t always know what we don’t know.

  45. seaburtgo550 says:

    My first response; a micro-brew for the masses is not a bad thing…

  46. Jobrag says:

    Originally Medina just meant city, in North Africa the medina is the Arab Quarter of a city.

  47. fenchurch says:

    Is there a fatwa on Tone L?c?

  48. WalterWalcarpit says:

    Hey @fenchurch! Was that you with “… and another thing …” in ‘And Another Thing’?

  49. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    And Mdina is the old capital city of Malta, now famous for the production of some of the most beautiful hand-blown (yes, it’s an oxymoron but that’s the proper term; anybody referring to mouth-blown glass is just plain wrong) glass that you can buy. Admittedly a lot of the tourist-targetted stuff can be very ordinary, but the studio art pieces are – if I may be excused the use of the word just this once- heavenly.

  50. fenchurch says:

    @WaWa — hmm, according to the posthumous author, yes. I don’t know what His Douglas-ness might have said.

  51. WalterWalcarpit says:

    @Fen. Ahha! I was enjoying the BBC’s radio version of Eoin Colfer’s 6th book in the Trilogy when you appeared during a hyperspace leap apparently to provide the title.
    Nice one. Happy Towell Day, then.

  52. HaggisForBrains says:

    Hey Fenchurch & Walter – I missed the start of this new H2G2 series. Is it any good?

  53. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    My favourite ever book sub-title is the one to Mostly Harmless; The fifth book in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy trilogy.

    So long Douglas, and thanks for all the laughs.

  54. JoJo says:

    Well there’s the answer. Before offending a Muslim, wrap your towel around your head, secure in the knowledge that if you can’t see him, he can’t see you.

  55. fenchurch says:

    Yes, JoJo, that *would* work with Bugblatter Beats– but not for those whom “towel head” is not already an incendiary concept ;-)

  56. WalterWalcarpit says:

    HfB I haven’t read the book but made sure of catching it on the iplayer. In a well drawn bath, as it happened. I think radio will always be H2G2′s natural home.
    Anyway, I have to give high marks to Eoin Colfer’s contribution to the canon; it had all the right ingredients, shaken not stirred, poured delicately into a very special shoes.
    If anything, I would have liked Arthur to have had more consequence, but that might be the abridgement. Actually the thought occurs that that could be contrary to his reason d’être .

    No thing could replace Douglas Adams, but I was left with warmth in my cooled tub, comforted by the confirmation that my bible also could have more books added to it. (I literally distributed copies as I hitchhiked the east coast of Australia in the early 80s, converting as I cavorted. Ironic then that it was while reading the Salmon of Doubt that I landed at last as a radical atheist.)
    Ha! And now I have a new testament of my own
    And Yes, it is good.

  57. WalterWalcarpit says:

    Hey Author, got a special strip for Towell Day?
    http://towelday.org/

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