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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Do the opposite of Mallard Fillmore: enjoy life and see some good in things.

10 comments:

Borborygmy said...

I suspect that quote is bogus. Not that it is particularly controversial -- any preacher might have said it. But it isn't in wikiquotes, nor in Bartletts or the Oxford. I won't bother with brainyquotes, as they can't be trusted at all. Can anyone verify this?

-- Why are cartoonists so lousy about getting a quote right?

lam****ing said...

The quote's legit: http://books.google.com/books?id=99uWxYQ5bBgC&q=%22it+is+only+because+he+became+like+us%22

Borborygmy said...

Well, heh. I'll be damned. Thank you, Lam****ing.

Randy Winn said...

Bonhoffer's a generally cool dude, but this quote is one of the stupidest things ever said.

People have been moral and good before Christ, and people have been moral and good without Christ. The Incarnation was not ... even, according to Christ Himself ... not nearly as central in moral history as the organized Church wants us to think - for if you decline to steal candy from a baby only because you hope it'll get you into heaven, you might as well take the candy, because it won't.
That makes me a reality-based Christian, not one of those people who Worship Christ loudly (and badly draw cartoons about it) because it's easier than Living like Christ.

Bill the Splut said...

Any guy who can change water into alcohol is divine in Bruce's book!

Frank Stone said...

Even when Bruce does one of his ostensibly non-partisan, warm-and-fuzzy strips, he still manages to be a holier-than-thou asshat about it.

If there's a service Bruce has performed for humanity through "Mallard Fillmore", it's to serve as a public example of the difference between living one's faith and using it as a weapon.

David in NYC said...

Pastor Bonhoffer is much more famous for this, of course:

"First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me."

Also, too: he was executed for his part in the plot to kill Hitler.

So, obviously -- pretty much Brewski's role model. Well, on Bizarro World, maybe.

Neo Tuxedo said...

Pastor Bonhoffer is much more famous for this, of course

Actually, that was Martin Niemöller.

Also, too: he was executed for his part in the plot to kill Hitler.

That, thankfully, you got right.

So, obviously -- pretty much Brewski's role model. Well, on Bizarro World, maybe.

It wouldn't stop Brewski claiming him as a conservative, because anything good in his world must have been done by a conservative or it couldn't be good. Anything libruls do or support is by definition bad-and-wrong, and anything bad and/or wrong is by definition something only libruls do or support.*

* Every mother-damned God-fucking word that has ever spewed from Bruce Tinsley's lie-hole.

David in NYC said...

Well, that's what I get for trusting the intertoobz.

A search for "bonhoffer first they came" returns 371,000 results; a search for "niemoller first they came" returns only 163,000 results. Unsurprisingly, I went with the former.

I think this explains some of the confusion:

http://www.awesomestories.com/biographies/bonhoeffer/politically-incorrect-heroes

The point remains the same regardless of the quote's author.

Kip W [Muffaroo] said...

I'm impressed that Tinsley remembered about Christmas coming on December 25 this year.