Volume 91, Issue 19

Tuesday, September 30, 1997

legal matters


Learn to laugh

Re: Our lord in heaven, Sept.18

To the Editor:
Mr. Khouri seems to be saying that portraying his God as being separate from the Muslim God and showing God in a less-than-entirely-perfect situation is offensive. I can see where he is coming from. As any comedian will tell you, it is OK to make fun of your own religion or ethnic group, but as soon as you talk about someone else's, suddenly you are insulting and degrading. This brings up the question: is the writer of Horovitz a Christian, Jew or Muslim? If so, then obviously he has a sense of humour about his God. Why not everyone else? If this God is supposed to be all-knowing, all-powerful and perfectly good, then he must have a sense of humour.

Mr. Khouri also says this cartoon "is The Gazette's.....way of saying that God... neglected his responsibilities." I doubt that The Gazette had any intention of slandering God. What is probably the case is that most of them are monotheists of one favour or another who thought the cartoon was funny. They probably like God.

As well, Mr. Khouri says "God is the creator, not some wild partier." He goes on to say how it is a terrible thing that the quotation supporting "Fear of the lord" was removed from the UWO emblem and that we seem to be "replacing monotheism" with other ideas and philosophies. I do not happen to be a monotheist. Therefore, any insinuation of this type – saying that I should believe in his God for some reason, or that any sort of government or educational system should be dominated by monotheists simply because they exist – is offensive to me.

If Mr. Khouri wants to maintain his right to advocate the continued existence of his religion, while offhandedly condemning mine, then he should expect no less than the same from those of us who really don't like that sort of slander very much. He has the right to say what he likes, and so does everyone else. Trying to silence views which don't match his own is a very petty form of censorship and I think that we, as an academic institution, can rise above that.

I think the Horovitz comic was funny and it existed to make people laugh. It contained no hateful content and if one of my deities was portrayed the same way then I would probably find it funny, then forget about it. Have we really become so thin-skinned that we look at a cartoon like this as a hateful attack on organized religion? Really... learn to laugh at yourselves people. It makes life a lot happier.

Robert DeCaire
Philosophy II
Huron College

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