It’s Cher who’s in trouble, according to this disrespectfully titled story in The Times (subs only).

Ganesh last appeared here 13 years ago!

Discussion (21)¬

  1. E.A. Blair says:

    “Sometimes an elephant…is just an elephant.”

    — Sigmund Fraud

  2. hotrats says:

    Bignose, a traditional term of endearment in theological debate, has been used ever since the Sermon on the Mount, if the Life of Brian is anything to go by.

  3. Reid Malenfant says:

    Ganesh’s appearance was truncated

  4. Ah, Ganesh. Every time I think that Christian mythology and dogma is the dumbest possible, I think about Ganesh and the story of how he came to have the head of an elephant. Seems his dad mistook him for an intruder watching his mom have a bath, and tore his head off in a rage. Then, learning he had killed his son, he sent his minions off to find a new head for the boy. What happened to the old head? Was it completely destroyed? Is there more to this story? Something that makes it more credible?
    Ganesh, the remover of obstacles. Lover of rodents. Yep, makes the story of Noah and his ark sound reasonable by comparison.
    And another great punch line, Author. You continue to rock.

  5. Luxi Turner says:

    Ganesh ain’t shee-yit compared to some of the crap that Catholics officially believe but never talk about these days.

  6. Enigmaparibus says:

    At least we cannot say, on this one occasion, that they ignored the Heffalump in the room.

  7. Someone says:

    Holy shit is right, he’s about to block your toilet with an abundance of it.

  8. Suffolk Blue says:

    The mighty Stewart Lee refers to Ganesh in this brilliant routine.


  9. Walter says:

    Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the philosophers as false, and by the rulers as useful. — Lucius Annaeus Seneca

  10. helenahankart says:

    Suffolk Blue: That Ganesh has let himself go

  11. GodlessToo says:

    Big Nose is only in the news because Cher rides a mechanical elephant on stage during her tour and the Hindu crowd has their hair on fire over it. What should make people mad is promoting anyone riding an elephant. Their spines on not made for carrying loads so if anyone travels to Africa or Asia, DO NOT RIDE THE ELEPHANTS! There are plenty of parks where you can aid and interact with pachyderms without being cruel.

  12. M27Holts says:

    Surely that applies to all animals forced to carry humans. Their spines were not evolved to carry passengers!

  13. Son of Glenner says:

    M27Holts: Indeed, hedgehogs have spines which actively deter human passengers. (Of course, they have plenty of tiny passengers – ticks, fleas, lice etc.)

  14. Laripu says:

    M27Holts and GodlessToo, while animals did not originally evolve to carry humans, humans evolved to be both smart enough and cruel enough to breed animals for our purposes. Beasts of burden are an important part of our evolution, even if we have co-opted theirs.

    Cruelty is an inherent part of the system. That’s why believers dither when trying to explain the “problem of suffering”. We animals suffer because avoiding the causes of suffering allows us to live long enough to procreate. What happens beyond the age of procreation is mostly irrelevant.

    We breed animals to serve our purposes. They procreate. Evolution is served at all ends. Suffering is irrelevant to evolution.

  15. M27Holts says:

    Clearly “the blind watchmaker” has neither agency nor conscience. However, that does not apply to homo sapiens. We are the only species that has the power to use our evolved brains to be able to modify organisms for oir benefit. But we DO have agency and Conscience. It is important that the religious balloons make out that science is soulless, and that we can refute such ignorance wherever it is raised…

  16. Suffolk Blue says:

    tbf M27Holts the “boffins” have yet to work out how to graft an elephant’s head onto a man’s body – only a matter of time though, I guess

  17. Walter says:

    See all religions have to be ridiculous, otherwise even the wise people might be mislead, and you need a core of people who see thruough it.

  18. M27Holts says:

    The more ludicrous a religion can aim to be, the more likely that the sheeples will think that it is gospel truth…

  19. helenahankart says:

    Laripu: It’s just as true to say that animals have co-opted our evolution as we have theirs.
    Some obvious examples (there are hundreds, possibly thousands)
    Cats mimic human babies so that we care for them (e.g. meows are close to baby cries and feral cats dont make those noises)
    Domesticated animals only exist at all in conjunction with us (cows now weigh more than all other mammals combined, and will go extinct when we all go vegan) etc etc.
    Maybe you are seeing this from an individual human perspective, rather than the genes-eye view?

  20. Laripu says:

    Helenahankart, sure I agree, and here’s another example: in areas where cows were raised for milk (Europe) there are fewer people intolerant of lactose than in areas where that was rarer (Asia).

    The difference, I’d say, is that we knew what we were doing when we domesticated a species. In each case, there were unintentional side effects, of course.

  21. Michael says:

    For some reason comments for the 6th’s cartoon aren’t appearing for me.

    I wanted to make a comment that I had posted that cartoon on because it was apropos to the discussion made there. A link back to was given.


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