Back early. Did I miss anything?

Discussion (46)¬

  1. Nuno says:

    Beautifull as always! ahahhaha

  2. Eric Meyer says:

    “I’m thinking maybe theism.”

    You owe me a new ass, because I just laughed mine off.

  3. Aphra says:

    Back early indeed, thank gods ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have recently received my ‘spoing!’ mug and foolishly decided to use it at work where I now spend all my time trying to explain what it means. It would have made life so much easier if you’d just put the web address on it too! Still, no rest for the evangelical.

    Good to see you back.


    “You owe me a new ass, because I just laughed mine off.”

    Oh yes – me too. Perhaps there’s a market for spares.

  4. Dave says:

    Ace. Welcome back!

  5. Bodach says:

    HA! Good thing I’ve been checking in every day. Great to have my favorite comic up and running again. It’s easier to fudge some science than to fix religion to get the Templeton money, although those nasty scientists would probably call you on it.
    (BTW, I have extra ass, so I can loan you guys some!)

  6. JaR says:

    My prayers are answered. Hallelujah, J&M are back.

  7. jerry w says:

    In the “The Exorcist”, it was said “The power of christ compels you!”.

    However, it seems “The power of Money has you by the short hairs”
    is the new paradigm.

  8. jerry w says:

    Jesus is left handed?

  9. DonR says:

    All the greatest of us are left-handed, Jerry. Now, back to my left-handed coffee mug, my left-handed scissors and my left-handed potato peeler.

  10. JohnnieCanuck says:

    Can I interest anyone in some horse’s asses? Previously owned. Some still equipped with the original dog collar.

    Forgive me, for I also am truly gauche.

  11. John Moore says:

    Whew, I was just about to sacrifice my pet elephant. Man have I been busy for you guys. It obviously for those pesky vaccine shots….

  12. kiyaroru says:

    Did I miss anything?

  13. Aphra says:

    “Forgive me, for I also am truly gauche.”

    I prefer being ‘sinister’: it sits more comfortably with the dog-collared horses asses’ (asss’? What IS the possessive form of the plural of the butt-related ass?) view of my antitheism.

  14. Great to see you back, Author, and on top form too.

    BTW folks, a nice evolution article on New Scientist today:

    One of my favourite T-shirts reads “Only left-handed people are in their right minds.” But if Jesus is going to be shown as a cackhander, then my T-shirt will be invalidated, surely? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. spoing says:

    Is Mo left-handed too, Author? Can’t quite see past that speech bubble. If so lets hope he did his Wudhus before picking up the pen …

  16. MichaelSATX says:

    Woo Hoo—finally back. Love your strip.

  17. Miranda Hale says:

    Brilliant! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. JoJo says:

    So. There’s a $1m prize for reconciling science with religion. But not for reconciling Shia and Sunni, Muslim and Jew, Muslim and Christian (ok, Muslim and just about everybody else – I haven’t got all day), Catholic and Protestant, Christian and gays, the list goes on. Not sure how many lives will be saved if they manage to shoehorn science and religion together. Priorities…..

  19. Maggs says:

    assesโ€™ (asssโ€™? What IS the possessive form of the plural of the butt-related ass?)

    I think you have to fiddle about with the sentence in order to use the word ‘ass’ rather than try adding apostrophes and an s: ‘the hairs of the ass were difficult to braid’ for instance. Or ‘The gifts of the horses’ spare asses were gratefully received’ that one assumes more than one horse as well as more than one ass. I could go on but….

  20. Scott says:

    @Aphra “(asssโ€™? What IS the possessive form of the plural of the butt-related ass?) view of my antitheism.”

    possessive of singular ass = ass’
    plural ass = asses
    so I would say possessive of plural = asses’

    On the comic – Yey your back! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. jerry w says:

    All prayers are answered, many times the answer is no, happily the answer here is yea!

    Exactly how many left handed potatoes did you need to peel to justify buying a special peeler?

    Thanks, but (no pun intended) we already have a sufficient supply of horses asses here in the states, most are low milage politicians owned by corporations, the rest seem to be lawyers or the like.

  22. Tie says:

    welcome back!

  23. KingSnake says:

    Waiting for Buddha, Shirley MacLaine and Tom Cruise to make guest appearances on a “very special episode”. (Now that I think of it, that sounds like a joke: Buddha, Shirley MacLaine and Tom Cruise walk into a pub …)

  24. This pen isn’t working…hahahaha.

  25. Psydan says:

    I missed you so much Jesus and Mo, glad to have you back to lol at in class.

  26. His Royal Oddness says:

    Woohoo! Way to make a comeback, Author! Top form, as always. Now where’s my pen?

  27. Stonyground says:

    I believe that the Freedom from Religion Foundation are offering a substantial cash prize to anyone who can reconcile the various acounts of the resurrection in the NT. I think they sort of re-launch it every Easter.

  28. J. Cunnilingus the Third says:

    Hah! You see, all that praying and sacrificing animals and small children worked: Jesus and Mo are back early.

    Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster!

  29. Stephen Turner says:

    Welcome back at last, Author! Obviously your prompt return is due to my prayer for the intercession of St. Isidro of Seville:

  30. Sailor says:

    Yeah, you missed Penn and teller taking on the Vatican.
    Welcome back, I sneaked a look today just in case you came back early…

  31. jerym says:

    From one of the cousins across the water.
    Ass is a donkey
    Arse is the gluteus maximus

  32. Jacq says:

    Brilliant and very timely!

  33. FireFox says:

    I thought the month would never end. Excellent as usual

  34. Snowflake says:

    Glad to see you’re back, Author!

    Kind folks, please help me, as my brain power isn’t enough to process the punchline: is it funny because “this pen isn’t working” sounds like “the spin isn’t working”, or is there a hidden layer of meaning that I’m missing?

    “Jesus and Mo” is like an onion in that it has many layers of meaning, and it is also like an apple, as its contents are nourishing and sweet.

  35. Stephen Turner says:

    Snowflake: I interpreted it to mean that Mo doesn’t want to write down Moses’s suggestion. In other words, censorship by social pressure.

    Of course onions have layers, but layers of meaning?

    Sailor: yes, Penn and Teller taking on the Vatican was great.

    There must be more to those prizes from Templeton and the FFRF than meets the eye. It can’t be that easy.

    There’ve been 2 series on BBC Radio 4 recently that I think might be of interest to people in this forum.

    One is on Islam and the media (Kenan Malik presents), and the other a series of discussions between The Atheist and the Bishop (the latest episode, 2, has the always-good A C Grayling).

    The Atheist and the Bishop:

    Islam, Mullahs and the Media (next episode):

  36. JohnnieCanuck says:

    Snowflake, that’s been bothering me too. At first I thought it was just a touch of realism coupled with Mo’s eagerness to get the money.

    After your comment, it suddenly occurred to me that the Qur’an was written by many different people, based on their memories of the sayings of an illiterate caravan robber.

    I think Mo should join one of those adult literacy programs. Apparently, they do wonders for the self-esteem.

  37. Mr Gronk says:

    Omar Khayyam referred to Providence as “The Pen”. I don’t know if this is a widespread muslim usage.

  38. spoing says:

    “You will rarely find jokes making fun of Muslims. Of course Muslim humor is just not funny. The reason of course is that the punchline is always the same. Let me give you an example:

    A Muslim walks into a bar ……. then BOOM!!!! 20 innocent men, women and children are blown to smithereens.
    Two Muslim tourists walk into a museum ……. then BOOM!!!! 200 innocent men, women and children are blown to smithereens.

    Three Muslims go into a Bali night club ……. then BOOM!!!! 400 innocent men, women and children are blown to smithereens.

    Nineteen Muslims take a flight to New York ……. then BOOM!!!! 2996 innocent women and children are blown to smithereens.”

  39. Snowflake says:

    Stephen Turner: the onions and apples quote is something Mo says about the Quran some episodes back.
    JohnnieCanuck: thank you! Mohammed’s illiteracy is a good point.
    Funny how while Mohammed was illiterate, his body double, Mo, is surprisingly well-read: so often he can be seen with a book or newspaper in hand.

  40. jprandi says:

    religion – theism = atheistic religions

    eg LaVeyan Satanism, Ethical Culture, Religious Naturalism, Pandeisms (‘The Force’), Marxism, Statism (not to mention the Eastern canon: Taoism and Buddhism)

    Now does anyone need an atheistic religion?

  41. BimboCrusade says:

    Reading the Newt Tasty-ment I also get a feeling dear old Joshua (or Jesus if you prefer Greek) must have been some sort of illiterate as well. And quite bad mannered.
    That’s why he hates the Pharisees (fellow, pious Jews!) so much – because they are educated, can actually read the scripture (instead of supposedly reciting it from memory, as he claims he does) and demand he washes his hands before the dinner they invite him to..

    *that is of course if you pretend he actually existed. Which I do not, just analyzing the supposed sayings of that fictional person. Lit class anyone? ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Acolyte of Sagan says:

    Spoing, an exception to the rule:
    Three Muslims walk into a bar. You’d have thought one of them would have seen it.

  43. Cephas Atheos says:

    It’s actually surprisingly difficult to write Arabic or Koine Greek.

    It’s kinda like sausage meat going back through the grinder : you know all the bits that make up the pulpy mess, but actually turning it back into snouts, ears, fetlocks, and meows takes a lot more effort than the reverse.

    So I’m told.


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