‘Dilbert’ Strips Featuring a Character Named Jesus Cause Stir

By: E&P Staff

Many e-mailers praised or criticized this week’s “Dilbert” sequence featuring an office worker named Jesus (pronounced Hay-Soos).

The series “caused quite a stir,” cartoonist Scott Adams wrote in his blog today. “I drew those strips a few months ago, and in my typical careless way I didn’t realize they would be running around Easter time. Oops.”

Adams — whose comic runs in more than 2,000 newspapers via United Media — reported that e-mails “were about evenly divided between people who are deeply offended and people who think it was my best work yet….

“My favorite rhetorical question, which I received an alarming number of times, was ‘Why don’t you mock Mohammed next? Huh? Why not?’ Well, aside from the blindingly obvious reason that I prefer life over death, I didn’t realize I was making fun of Christianity this week….”

Then Adams posted an e-mail he had received from a pastor. The cartoonist’s response: “Thank you for taking time out from feeding the poor to complain about comic strips. I know Jesus would have played it the same way.”

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