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.”