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Letter: WUMO cartoon out of step with Kingman

Wulff & Morgenthaler

Wulff & Morgenthaler

I was very saddened and offended by the WUMO printed in the March 11 paper. It is the first time that I have seen one of your comic strips ridiculing the One whom millions worship as the Son of God and the Savior of mankind.

I respect the fact that everyone has the right to express his or her opinion, which is what I am doing with this email to you. I sincerely hope that we will not see an inundation of cartoons in the Miner or any other publication imitating Charlie Hebdo's tasteless, twisted and blasphemous sense of humor, whether the target be Mohammed, Jesus Christ, Moses or any other founder of a worldwide religion. So much emphasis has been placed in recent times on freedom from religion that we have neglected respect for religion. The various faiths have given the world's various cultures moral and ethical standards that have benefited the nations, and to benignly tolerate the ridicule of the founders of these religions is to demean their contributions to the human race.

Of course, as a Christian, I cannot think of a better faith than the one I embrace and the Savior whom I know. It was Jesus who taught us to love not only our neighbors as ourselves, but to love our enemies and do good to them. Part of loving someone is telling them the truth, even if it is an uncomfortable one, in the hopes of making things a little better.

I appreciate the Kingman Daily Miner, and I respect the right that the publishers of Charlie Hebdo and the creator of WUMO have a right to express their opinion, but I would hope that theirs was not the perspective of the majority of Kingman residents.

Grif Vautier