Easter Mutts

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It is another exciting Easter weekend, when Punxsutawney Jesus comes out of his tomb and looks for his shadow to see if we’ll have six more weeks of damnation. For those readers who find this to be an inappropriate or irreverent association between two holidays, ask yourself how in hell a giant painted-egg-hiding rabbit found its way into the modern religious holiday about the resurrection of Jesus. More about that in a moment.

First, this is a weekend when most government offices are shut down either on Friday or Monday or both, following a Passover weekend where most government offices were shut down for a day, in a country that proudly touts its “separation of church and state.” I’m not advocating fewer holidays for American workers, that would be suicide. But I’ve always found a lot of things our government supports and denies to be of obvious religious origin and in conflict with the supposed separation of religion and law.

Take polygamy, for instance. Is there a good reason that three or four consenting adults cannot be married other than Judeo-Christian tradition? I’m not talking about cults that live in the wilderness and let their old men marry girls as soon as they are 12 – that violates what most people consider to be healthy for children. I’m talking about three or more consenting people over 21 years of age wanting to be married and raise a family as a group. I certainly don’t want to do it, but why should I care if someone else does?

Most of us would say, “That’s weird!”, or “The children would be warped!”, or my own reaction, “One spouse is a big enough hassle, who in their right mind would want MORE than one?!” But the only reason we think these things is because it doesn’t happen with regularity. Is there really any clinical or logical reason that this could not work? Many children are raised by their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles simultaneously. Surely this isn’t significantly different to the child. People said the same things about gay couples raising children and since that taboo has been toppled, we have not seen generations of insane children roving the streets in gangs.

The United States’ institutional bigotry toward homosexuals is another prime example. Until recently – and still in many backwater areas – gays were not allowed to marry, teach school, adopt children, serve openly in the military, be scout leaders, etc. These fears are no more based on fact than the belief that epilepsy is caused by demon possession. But humans are so naturally superstitious that it takes us decades, sometimes centuries, after science and logic explain away these notions for us to drop our religious myths. A strong testament to the power of indoctrinating children with myths. Once it is in your young head, it’s damned hard to shake.

Clearly, our laws are often slanted toward Judeo-Christian theology. I’m not a person who gives in to the natural human notion that “different” is necessarily “bad,” so I’m all for changing these kinds of laws to reflect logic instead of superstition. On the other hand, I’m a realist and have no expectation of that happening anytime soon.

Speaking of weird myths, here is a cartoon that features a sneaky, giant bunny and its role in a modern Christian celebration. If you’ve never wondered how the “Easter Bunny” got entrenched in Jesus’s resurrection story, you’ve been napping. But apparently, the notion that the bunny was stolen from a Pagan ritual and appropriated by Christians is a myth as well, though the rabbit and egg as symbols of fertility in spring do date from before Christian times. Read about it here. Unless that article, too, is myth.

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11 thoughts on “Easter Mutts

  1. I’ll acknowledge that the U.S. has a lot of shame in how homosexuals were treated, but consider this; in fundamentalist Muslim nations gays have it a LOT worse. Here in America, we’re making improvements regarding gay rights. It’s not happening over in those countries.

  2. “Is there a good reason that three or four consenting adults cannot be married other than Judeo-Christian tradition?” King Solomon had a thousand wives and concubines. I guess the problem is that these modern polygamists simply don’t have enough wives.*

    We should also not that Solomon is considered the wisest and richest man ever. It is my contention that he used his wisdom to get all his wives high paying jobs and that’s what made him the richest.*

    Have a great Easter!

    * These statements are meant as humour ;-)

  3. There are good reasons why we don’t have group marriage, none of them religious. We have a very long legal history regarding pair marriage. Adding in gay marriage is pretty much a single line change to the law. Changing to group marriage requires re-thinking and re-writing divorce law, custody laws, inheritance, insurance, etc. It is not impossible, but you have to do the work before you can change the law.

  4. Back to the original comic, referring to Mutts. I really like Mutts. I’ve read Dan slam Garfield many times, which is okay with me, but Mutts seems to be well drawn and has clever characters and punch lines. I am wondering what Dan’s opinion is of the artistry of the Mutts cartoonist.

    • The artistry is brilliant; creative and original with a strong link to the comics of the early twentieth century. The writing isn’t my cup of tea so I can’t say that I read it very often, but it is a quality comic in both content and presentation.

  5. Sorry to bring up one of my own comments, but I’m kind of surprised that no one has responded to my remark on the bigotry towards homosexuals in Muslim nations. Mind if I ask why?

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