Thanks to Parrot132Β and a hat tip toΒ @motheatheist.

Discussion (34)¬

  1. Fred+Flintstone says:

    A big hearty chuckle !

  2. Blake says:

    This may be a new favourite! πŸ™‚

  3. stepkos says:


    And just as some wankers are never going to get laid, so some species are never going to be able to understand the cosmos in which they are the most epi- of epiphenomena.

    Religion, like wanking, is the consolatory next best thing. And like wanking, it will always be with us.



  4. JoJo says:

    Not more Bishop bashing??!! For shame!!!

  5. 3handles says:

    LOL. Wonderful analogy beautifully illustrated.
    I’ve always thought a lot of religious folk were wankers.

    On the other hand I was just trying to work out whether it’s good or not to be part of the population who don’t …er… spank a creationist monkey.
    One of the redditors comes up with a great extension to maintain the solidity of atheist values: that means that Science is Sex.

    By the way, what did happen to the poster of Helena Christensen. Did Moses take it away with him? Was Mo just thinking of the barmaid? (I often do…)

  6. K+P+Spong says:

    Well done, author. Easily top 5 J and M, ever.

  7. Alfie Noakes says:

    Who doesn’t like a wank joke?

  8. Jerry+www says:

    Is masturbation still referred to as “Punishing the Pope”?
    In a related note, my Samsung phone has a setting for one handed operation, almost like they knew what sort of sites I was going to be visiting.

  9. Matt says:

    What about those that are intellectually curious, but also like a bit of solo action? You see I’ve got this friend…

  10. athanasiusspod says:

    Argh, why no nice quick share buttons? OK, this needs to get manually tweeted anyway πŸ˜€ .

  11. Wonder says:

    I am offended that you would compare something as harmless as masturbation to something as sick and twisted as religion.

  12. banks says:

    Who looks at a computer monitor at such an awkward angle?

  13. Great strip, Author, and perfect punchline yet again.
    Unfortunately, the analogy breaks down. Unlike religion, wanking is good for you.* It releases all kinds of hormones that bring health and vitality. I would like to see us all stop dissing masturbation as a bad thing, or comparing it to evils like playing the bodhran or religion.

    *according to no less an authority than Ann Landers. By which statement she instantly became one of my heroes back in the sixties.

  14. oldebabe says:

    DW: I, too, am definitely with Ann Landers on this…

  15. opposablethumbs says:

    I was just going to say that masturbation really loses by the comparison, but Darwin Harmless said it first. Orgasms are good for the health and do nobody any harm, unlike religion!
    But I agree it’s another great strip πŸ˜€

  16. WhoopThereItIs says:

    It’s hard to compare unless you include the degree. A little religion can be an ok thing, as long as you don’t get caught up in it and let it control your life. The same could be said about masturbating. πŸ™‚

    Only someone who was mentally ill would take either to the extreme. The term ‘Chafer’ comes to mind… πŸ˜‰

  17. 3handles says:

    You can get used to viewing the screen at awkward angles when you only have one hand available. Unless you have one of Jerry www’s samsungs that is… Maybe we should all put in a few quid to get one for J + M ?

  18. Henry Ford says:

    Playing the bodhran is not evil. However, two bodhrans being played at the same time is evil. A banjo on the other hand………….
    An interesting new joke for those aficionados of banjo jokes.

    What’s the difference between religion and playing the banjo?

    Oh, and top marks author. Definitely a top 5

  19. Ballykeith says:

    Mo must’ve got flustered. I’m pretty sure the bog doesn’t constitute a suitable place for prayer.

  20. Bruce says:

    Make sure it’s just coffee you spurt over the keyboard.

  21. Nassar+Ben+Houdja says:

    Another basement dwelling pigeon
    Cashing in on bashing religion
    Missing the point, the silly old churl
    Afraid of a mere girl
    He plays with himself
    Just a smidgeon.

  22. Rafael says:

    An instant classic! Great strip πŸ™‚

  23. Holms says:

    Not your best, NBH πŸ™

  24. Davey says:

    The biological urge is to have sex, and not to reproduce. Sex is the means by which reproduction happens, but that is evolution being tricksy.

  25. GeorgeA says:

    If done in public, both prayer and masturbation are purely for show.

  26. hotrats says:

    According to Freud – Sigmund or Clement, I forget which – masturbation is a form of homosexuality, which I suppose is at least technically true. As there are only two types of peiople, those who masturbate and those who lie about it, basically this means we’re all gay. Tra la. My favourite euphemism is ‘milking the lizard’ – just the right combination of description and commentary.

  27. white+squirrel says:

    religion is like masturbation
    surely religion IS masturbation
    given that one is indulgent self-abuse concerning imaginary things, while the other is manipulation of the genitalia

  28. Hotrats, I’m also rather fond of “spanking the monkey”. Not quite as visually provocative as milking the lizard, but there’s something rather cute about it.

  29. white+squirrel says:

    The biological urge is to have thought, and not to believe. thought is the means by which belief happens, but that is evolution being tricksy.

  30. white+squirrel says:

    does this mean that the bible and quran are the equivalent of pornography

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  32. Jerry+www says:

    In the last frame, did Mo elide the “S” off the start of that word?
    Just asking….

  33. ve4gap says:

    From now on I won’t be able to hear to this song without giggling…


    Either way, it’s awkward if someone else on the bus is doing it…


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