Taking liberties

 

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‘There, I’ve taken it off, better?’

In Cannes, France, a woman was forced to disrobe on the beach as part of the temporary ‘burkini ban’ preventing ostentatious religious dress. France has been victim of a terrible deluge of Islamic terrorist attacks, but even so, to become more like the aggressor – introducing morality police dictating what woman should wear – is not to win against them.

In the beginning was the word and the word was fabulous 

   In Orlando, a man with an assault rifle killed 50 LGBT people and injured 53 more in a gay nightclub he used to himself frequent. After murdering these people he rang 911 and pledged his allegiance to Islamic State, which has since applauded his actions. His father was more circumspect and said it was God’s job to punish gays.Religiously entrenched homophobia is rife in orthodox and fundamentalist embodiments of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, around the world. But this hatred is normalised to murderous effect in countries that kill people, now in 2016, for being gay. 

There are 10 countries where homosexuality is punished by state enforced execution, the majority of them are Islamic, including Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia. See the Washington Post’s map

The idea that your God would want gay people killed while making one in ten of all of us, atheist, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist etc. gay, is ludicrous to me, that is what this cartoon is about.

Not waving

The body of a drowned migrant washes up on a tourist beach

Hundreds of migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean already (opens in new window). This is a cartoon about this tragedy and the phrase ‘beach-body ready’ that prevails, having been the tagline of a controversial and eventually banned advert.

#iamcharlie #jesuischarlie

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In the middle of nowhere currently and have little technology to hand, but I’ve cobbled together this sketch as a reaction to the murder of cartoonists in Paris. Murders in retaliation for perceived offence against a character the murderers believe to be a prophet.

My thoughts with the murdered. May they rest in peace. May their light not be extinguished by intimidation.