Cake or Death: Your choice of Christian, church and political cartoons
In case you missed the news story: Scarlett Johansson decided this week that she would prefer to represent Soda Stream (who have built a factory on Palestinian land, an act declared illegal by the Geneva convention, the Rome Statute and the international court of justice) rather than go on being a global ambassador for Oxfam.
Thank you to everyone who emailed what they thought the answers should be to the previous post. Below are the answers as based on the Bible and various theologians. You may want to haggle about some of the answers but here they are:
This first featured in BMS World Mission’s Face Magazine (Issue 26). Have a go (click on the image for a larger version). Despite all the songs, movies, plays, adverts and Christmas cards, who or what was actually at the nativity (according to the Bible, NIV in my case)? I’ll post the answers in the next few weeks but I’m sure there will be some scholars or theologians who may differ with me. You know where to reach me: email@example.com
In the month that Nelson Mandela passed away and Fox News’s Megyn Kelly asserted it’s a fact that Jesus was white (when as a Middle Eastern Jew two thousand years ago that was not possible), it’s worth remembering that Jesus would not have had a great time in Apartheid South Africa.
So last Sunday I was invited to talk about cartoons and faith on BBC Radio 4 for their Sunday show callled, not surprisingly, ‘Sunday’. I was joined by Zaineb Latif, a cartoonist who does work for Muslim News. We’d pre-recorded our segment because Zaineb is based in Canada so the time difference made it inconvenient for the live Sunday morning show. Pre-recording also meant our original conversation was longer than the final broadcast segment. It was enjoyable – both Zaineb and the host, William Crawley, were chatty and charming. It also made me long for the days when I was on community radio. Good times. Ahem, but back to this. It’s a fairly serious discussion – light on goofball jokes and “boom!” comedy zingers. So be prepared not to laugh.
You can listen to it on the BBC Website here (skip to the 13:14 mark) for the next seven days:
Or you can listen to that specific segment on Soundcloud.
Thanks again to the nice folks over at Families First Magazine for running one of my cartoons. The one they chose (you can see an earlier version of it from 2008 here) seems apt for the British summer, especially in the light (well, the light behind the clouds…) of recent news that Britain is facing another 10-20 years of wet summers.
In case you’re wondering where you can find Families First Magazine, well, it’s all over the place. Check out WH Smiths, Sainsbury’s, local newsagents. I even spotted a copy in my local shop by the train station: