Friday, March 03, 2006
The Sheaf hits the fan
Ah, the student press. Only a week after publicizing their decision not to publish the infamous Mohammed cartoons out of sensitivity for the Muslim people, the Sheaf decided to print several comics about Christianity, including one featuring Christ performing oral sex on a character named "Capitalist Piglet." (The comics are located on page A16 of the March 2 issue.) I do not know whether they chose to do so to prove a point about the public perception of Christianity versus that of Islam, but the decision to publish the comics now is especially ill-advised. I wish the best to the editors of the Sheaf, because there is little doubt in my mind that this will be a big story locally, and possibly beyond that if CanWest picks it up. My hope is that this situation creates positive discourse, rather than fanatical reaction from overzealous Christians who give those of us who want to engage in intelligent discourse a bad name. Whatever happens, it should be a fun week around the Sheaf office.