Slippery Soapbox



  1. Dear Tony,

    I love the title of this one.

    I have a neighbor who is very religious. She answers her phone with the greeting, “Jesus Love You!” I, as you know, am an atheist. She is the one of the loveliest people I have ever known. She has never tried to proselytize to me. I have never tried to turn her from her faith. She is one of my best friends, and I love her. I just felt like sharing that with you.

    All My Love,


    1. This is why I like you. You are proudly atheist without having to be a frothing-at-the-mouth evangelist about it.

      I used to be a born again Christian, and was firmly ensconced within that culture of heightened super Jesiosity (is that a word?). I plan to talk about this in a podcast some time.

      Needless to say, I’m happy to be out of all that now, and take a very dim view of either side being raging fundamentalists about their respective beliefs/non belief.


  2. Okay- that last frame where Ernest is running away with his tongue out is hilarious!
    I’ve read through the comments and you hit a few chords. Interesting, eh?
    I agree with your statement that many people have a need to be “right”. I’ve been guilty of that quite often in my life. Problem is that being “right” keeps me in a victim role. I would feel victimized by people who didn’t agree with my point of view. Stupid of me! I’ve grown some since.


    1. I think you hit the nail on the head there, Pamo. We really do need to stop casting ourselves in that victim role you speak of if we’re going to have a hope of getting along with others whose viewpoints do not correspond with our own!


  3. I defer to Mr. Ghandi. “I like your Christ, I just do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

    I quote my foster parent, “Lord, protect me from your children.”

    That being said I think your bit was very good. I did like it.


    1. I’ve come across those sentiments before, and I must say they resonate with me. Followers of anything you care to name (including Christianity and atheism) would put off anyone who doesn’t wish to subscribe to mere dogma just to fit in. Thanks for commenting, Nan. 🙂


  4. Ha! He’s illustrating the very thing that he is ranting about! He’s locked himself in a wee box, it seems. Keeping an open mind sure doesn’t have to mean accepting or believing other view points. I too loved how he squished his sandwich 🙂 Nice work, Tony. As usual, your artwork is spectacular.


    1. A good point, Shelgarr. Is it some misguided notion that everyone else needs to be cured of their mind cancer?

      But then I could be accused of trying to do the same thing by coming up with this comic strip and putting it on the internet.

      Yikes. I fear I may lose myself down this ethical rabbit hole…


  5. I’m a child of the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland – I don’t do religion, it causes too much pain.
    Great social commentary Tony, fundamentalism is rife everywhere. Why can’t we just all get along?


    1. It’s a good question, Carrie, but I fear that the need to be right shall always overshadow the need to get along. Of course, I hope I’m proven wrong on that score.


    1. Hey Soph, I hope it won’t colour your view of me, but this is a subject that I’ve wanted to comment on for some time.

      I firmly believe that fundamentalist attitudes aren’t the sole province of the religious. These attitudes can exist anywhere, even on the other side of the fence with the secular minded individual.

      Fundamentalism is that point of view that will stick rigidly to its chosen principles, come what may. And it’ll often do this by openly (and often aggressively) displaying intolerance of views that might clash with its own.

      In our attempts to engage with the world around us, we are all free to draw whatever conclusions we may, but fundamentalists (even secular ones) will not – can not – suffer other viewpoints to live. That’s what I’m commenting on here.

      For what it’s worth, you have never struck me as a fundamentalist, and I hope this doesn’t mean that I can no longer be your internet friend! 😛


  6. They may not personally kill small collections of genetically human cells but their god kills millions throughout his book, what a guy.


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