September 28, 2008
Finding religion in political cartoons
The Washington Post has received 750 e-mails from readers for posting a cartoon caricaturing Sarah Palin speaking in tongues. The cartoonist drew God telling St. Peter "All I can hear is some dam' right-wing politician spouting gibberish."
Pat Oliphant's cartoon was not chosen for the print publication, but it was posted on the Post's website on September 9 with other syndicated cartoons that are posted through an automatic feed, The Washington Post's Ombudsman Deborah Howell wrote today. Howell writes that for political cartoonists, "being fair is not a virtue."
"Most cartoonists don't go out of their way to lambaste religion," Howell writes. "But the pope is a frequent editorial cartoon character, as are God and St. Peter at the Pearly Gates."
Here's a sampling of some recent cartoons that did include religion:
And Pat Oliphant again.