Making fun of atheists

The New Humanist has a bunch of recent posts featuring the cartoons of Martin Rowson. Rowson, whose cartoons I’d never seen until now (well, maybe I had but I just don’t know), takes religion – and atheism – for his subject matter. Here is an apparently controversial cartoon depicting a ginger, prancing Dawkins and a grim, rotund Hitchens at a “coming out” parade. The point, as I take it, is that even atheists can be touchy about how their mascots are treated. Richard Dawkins-as-Muhammad. Though I doubt many death threats or protests will erupt over this one. Because that’s just not what we’re about. But if you happen upon any reports that the New Humanist offices have been bombed by Hitchens’ acolytes, or that the Hitch himself has called for this image’s removal in the name of decency and respect, please forward me the link. In all seriousness.

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