May 1st, 2008
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Very nice. Coming soon to a bookstore near you: The Koran Kode.
Is “Big Al” supposed to stand for “Al”lah? If so, I love it, especially since Mo don’t know who “Big Al” is.
I don’t know about that, but it made me think of Shaun of the Dead.
Does Allah say that dogs can’t look up? lol
Of course, in Arabic, “al” means “the”. And “lah” means “a god”. So “Allah” is actually just a customary way of tranliterating “The God” (i.e. “the only God”, as Arabs generally see it) into our alphabet.
So, really Mo isn’t being that daft – “The Big The” wouldn’t make much sense to the average native Arabic speaker…
“Big Al” runs the gun shop down on the corner.
So does Big Al have lots of those cheap assault rifles in stock?
You know, the ones forecast in the Ko’ran for Shi’a to use against Sunni and vice versa.
I hope that “Big Al” isn’t a bitter American with all those guns; because if he’s associated with Mo (religion) then we’re all in trouble.
awesome strip, after debating many retards in youtube about the miracles of science in the quran, this is probably the only thing that they can understand.
This strip owns,
if the Quran fortolds so much science, how come it did not propell the muslim world head of everyone else in the planet? They had an instruction manual to the workings of the universe right there in the Quran, one wonders what the hell where they thinking waiting for the kuffir to discover things first, and take the credit… 😉
miracles in the Quran… what a joke.
Read one of these “science” books at a public library once. It made the brain baby kick.
Way back when the Muslim world brought us arithmetic, telescopes/astronomy, and lots of other cool stuff, it WAS ahead of most of the world.
But it didn’t come from the Quran. On the contrary, it was Islamic fundamentalism that did in their hopes for material progress. If they had stayed the course, they might have made it to the moon (not for purposes of slicing it up, either) or built highly advanced computers by, say, the 19th century. And with all that gasoline, the desert would have flowered with automobiles. And the Great Era of Global Warming would already be over.
Like I tell my students, the proof of a good theory is its predictive validity. Does it tell us what to expect if it’s true? Scientific theories, yes.
Religious belief systems? Not so much. They only help us see one way, into the past. Big deal! Even I can see the past.
Brilliant. Muslims often prattle on about how Islam tells the story of the big bang and son on when the science v religion debates start.
Oh come on now, be fair – the only way to get the results you want is to decide ahead of time what you want to find and then look for evidence that fits. That way you don’t waste time on a lot of evidence that is no use to you because it doesn’t fit with the result you want to find. See? That’s why holy books can’t make predictions – it’s because they don’t know what they’re looking for yet.
Well, Ophelia, you’re right; that’s how literary criticism works, anyway. And ALL creationism.
Sheba in Atheism: Oh, I dunno. What’s wrong with “The Big The”? Makes perfect sense to me, since “the” is the definite aricle, making it “The God” rather than “A God.” But, yes, Big The is still the man, down on the corner seeing to it that every man, woman, and child has his/her personal Uzi or AK47 or BAR.
In the U.S., anyway, there are more household guns than there are people.
As Poor Richard says, “Friend, I would not hurt thee for the world, but you standeth where I am about to shoot.”
I’ve always thought “Big Al” was Albertus Magnus (c1200-1280), German Dominican scholar and author (or reteller) of some delightful pieces of proto-medicine as curing haemorrhoids by sitting on a lion’s skin and holding “the stone called Iris” in the beams of the sun to make a rainbow on the wall (move over Newton).
Maybe “Big Al” is a battleship named after the state of Alabama, like “Big Mo” was
the nickname for a WWII battleship named after the state of Missouri.?
Wait a minute, “Big Mo”?
Crap, I think I’ve just broken the Koran Kode!!!
I am sure the barmaid wasn’t referring to Big Gay Al from southpark…
” . . . curing haemorrhoids by sitting on a lionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s skin”
Yeah, I believe it, but only if the lion was still in the skin and alive.
i had a conversation w/ a bahai’ about this. he used to say that his messiah, bahau’lla (sp? too lazy to go look) fortold the splitting of the atom. i thought it funny how people actually take that line of reasoning seriously. (not that it’s surprising, given other things people will believe if it relates to ‘god’)
Steve Bell, I don’t suppose you were the Steve Bell once in the Virgina National Guard, were you? Not likely, but just checking. A person in the communications section of the unit I was in had the same name.
Isn’t it spelt ‘Qu’ran’?
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Frankie: FYI it’s actually spelled using Arabic letters.
Well, it was not INTENDED to be a source of scientific prediction.
@ //v — so what? It’s still being trumped as one.
Some religions use prophecy as justification for their omniscient god’s awesomeness, using scientific postdictions as support for it.
If al-lah is the-god, then Big Lah might make more sense, but it would be very confusing for Singaporeans.
Just a thought and off the subject; could it be that Mo’s reference to splitting the moon means originating the bowing to the East, bow down far enough and you will split your”moon”. Just sayin’.
Strange to say, my first thought was that the reference was to Al Koran, a stage magician between the late 40s and early 70s. Would anyone get away with a stage name like that today?