Comic is offensive

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 11:21 p.m.

I believe that it is time for The Sun to pull the plug on the cartoon strip Non-Sequitur by Wiley Miller, which appears in the Sunday edition of the paper.

For the past four weeks he has run a series of pieces highlighting previous abuses of power by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. The pieces are not funny at best and are malicious at worst.

The Catholic Church is suffering from problems of its own doing with pedophile priests and has committed its share of abuses and sins, none of which we need to be reminded of in the Sunday comics.

I believe that Miller's strip is in extremely poor taste and bad judgement. I believe that it is also poor judgement for The Sun to continue to print his work.

I would like to know why it is deemed acceptable to lambast the Catholic Church, whereas most other religious, ethnic, or cultural groups are deemed off limits.

I would like The Sun to ask itself if it would consider the strip too offensive if Miller were aiming his barbs at Jews, blacks, Muslims, or Baptists, and I would ask members of these groups how they would feel if it was their religion, race, or ethnicity that was being attacked by a comic strip in their paper.

I encourage all readers of sensitivity and fairness to ask The Sun to drop this offensive strip. It's a shame because it was once witty and humorous.

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