Posted by Christopher Johnson | Friday, February 8th, 2013 | Uncategorized | 19 Comments

A South Carolina editorial cartoonist/douchebag named Robert Ariail finally Goes There:

Bob’s certainly not implying anything, mind you.  Heaven forfend.

A reader expressed disgust that I would portray the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina as “racist.” I did not. That’s not at all what the cartoon implies and given the context of the news on the schism, to infer that it conveys a racist message doesn’t make sense.

Because I used the symbol that racists think they own?  What could possibly be racist about that?  Golly gee willickers.  Besides, you know how South Carolina is.  Those goofy South Carolinians are always seceding from stuff.

South Carolinians engaged in a battle to secede from a national federation. I know there are some who view the flag as a sinister symbol of racism and there are others who uphold it as emblematic of their Southern heritage, but first and foremost it’s a battle flag that represents the secessionist states of the Confederacy….

Then Ariail actually has the audacity to play the “context” card.

However I must ask readers to consider the context in which these cartoons are offered before rushing out to cancel their subscriptions and remember that, to paraphrase Sigmund Freud, sometimes a battle flag is just a battle flag.

I’ll believe that you mean that last part when you paint one on the roof of your car.

A couple things, hotshot.  We know that you don’t believe that the Low Country’s Anglican Christians are racists.  If I were you, I’d be sure to have a fire extinguisher handy if you let any smokers around that straw man of yours.

But we also know, as well as we know our own names, that you think that they’re bigots because they refuse to compromise 2,000 years of Christian teaching just to make homosexuals feel good about themselves.

Oh, and outstanding job associating Mark Lawrence and the other actual Christians he shepherds with a symbol that Ku Klux Klan idiots carry around.  Particularly since traditionalist Anglicans actually respect Africans and African-Americans while the Episcopal Organization does not.

For two reasons, I’m actually not that angry about this.  I’m genuinely surprised that it took as long as it did.  And since I converted to Christianity, I stopped caring a long time ago what Episcopalianity thinks about anything at all.

19 Comments to AND NOW…IDIOTS

February 8, 2013

Hey, it’s a cartoon … sorta like the Episcopal Organization claiming to be “the” national church! Some things are just funny on their face. Give the cartoonist a bit of credit for having his tongue firmly planted in Schori’s cheeks.

February 8, 2013

Oh, no, he didn’t mean that! And Jefferts Schori didn’t imply Lawrence is like school shooters and jihadis, and the TEC bishop of Mississippi didn’t drop the ban on gay blessings. You keep looking at what people say instead of understanding that they don’t mean it. Meanie.

FW Ken
February 8, 2013

The commenters at that site seemed clear about what the cartoon means. To bad the cartoonist isn’t man enough to own up to his work.

February 8, 2013

Liberals absolutely HATE it when you call them on their snide little bigoted “jokes” – no, it’s not funny, and he’ll back-pedal all week.

Amy P.
February 8, 2013

We’re always supposed to consider “context” when liberals do something offensive…like accusing ppl of being racist. Which, of course, liberals never do (*wink wink*)…

Don Janousek
February 8, 2013

Actually, the shield on the right displays the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, Lee’s Army, not the “Stars and Bars” of the Confederacy, which replaced the Bonnie Blue Flag.

Liberals and nut cases, but I repeat myself, always get this wrong.

So….showing opposition to a homosexual cult like the Episcopo “church” makes one a racist? Jeepers.

When homos are allowed to marry dogs and cats in Episcopo meeting halls and I oppose it, will this make me a racist, sexist, homophobe, species bigot or a conservative?

Fortunately, as an Orthodox Christian, I don’t care what these people do. They left the First Circle of Hell ages ago and the elevator is still going DOWN.

FW Ken
February 8, 2013

Come to think of it, TEC, at 86% white bread, is the actual candidate for KKK surrogate.

Donald R. McClarey
February 8, 2013

Few things set a liberal’s teeth more on edge than anything to do with the South. In that spirit:

February 9, 2013

Another example of Liberal/Progressives “peeing on your leg” and then tell you its raining. Rampant intellectual dishonesty.

February 9, 2013

As much as this is outrageous, it is instructive.

There have been a number of articles written recently discussing how the South is a problem.

I could post more but I won’t. The thing that struck me is this, they are talking about me. ME! A Connecticut Yankee transplant, Christian, who moved South when the opportunity presented itself. I love the South. I love the fact that almost everyone in my neighborhood goes to church on Sunday AM. These liberals aren’t just talking about the few people I see with CSA flags on their trucks, they are talking about me.

I came to the conclusion long ago that liberalism\collectivism is completely incompatible with conservatism\individualism. We are never going to solve the issues we face as a nation when we see the issue through completely different worldviews. And the question has to be asked, why bother? Why?

I’d rather see a free Christian South, than face the future with West Coast and Northeast Liberals with which I have nothing in common.

I have a dream!
I have a dream!

Damian G.
February 9, 2013

I’m surprised that Ariail, of all people, drew this. I’m a political cartoon junkie, and from what I’ve seen, most of his work leans conservative. He should have known better.

Allen Lewis
February 9, 2013

I am willing to give Ariail a break. I think he knew how liberals/progressives would misinterpret that shield as a racist symbol. Go look at the comments at the link.

That being said, I also know that he was not intending to imply that the Dio of SC is a bunch of racists.

The period of the War Between the States was a very toxic time for this country. The fact that a debatable point about Constitutional interpretation was settled by brute force is a very sad commentary on the power mongers in the Republican Party at that time. It also says a lot about Abraham Lincoln that historians have covered up for many, many years. Lincoln was a tyrant who tried to portray himself as a liberator and a man who desired unity.

Allen Lewis
February 9, 2013

I hope my comment makes sense. I think Ariail is allowing the liberal bigots to expose themselves by commenting as they have on his cartoon.

There are a lot of layers of meaning in it. I’d give it an A.

February 9, 2013

Allen, you’re trying to say that the cartoonist is trying to lampoon TEC’s attitude towards the Diocese? I think he failed if that’s what he intended. I fully understand, and have considerable sympathy for, the argument that the Confederacy had some ideas about local control right, and that the Union, most particularly since we made the error of ratifying the amendment allowing the personal income tax, has some things wrong. But the strongest Confederate loyalists can’t, if they take the time to look objectively at the situation in the 1850s-1860s, deny that, while most rebel soldiers were not slaveholders, and the battle was not overtly about slavery, still, the existence of and the expansion of slavery were the underlying causes. Fly the battle flag over the cemeteries to honor the dead, by all means. They served with honor. But here, this cartoonist takes advantage of this image to imply that the same sorts of causes underly the DioSC actions. We’ve had way too much of people equating slavery and Jim Crow laws with “marriage equality.” The cartoonist shouldn’t have played that game. The cases would only be similar if Lincoln had unilaterally purported to remove the Governor of South Carolina and take control of the state directly before the guns fired.

Allen Lewis
February 9, 2013

As I said, that is a toxic symbol and Bob Araial knows it. I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. I think the irony of the situation struck that chord with him. While I don’t think he intended to call the Diocese of SC a bunch of oppressive bigots, I am willing to say that he chose a very poor symbol to express the split.

Araiail is certainly knowledgeable enough to know how most people (especially “progressives”) would take that imagery. So I am left wondering if maybe that is exactly what he had in mind and is just too cowardly to admit it.

But I am willing to give him a pass on this one.

SC Blu Cat Lady
February 9, 2013

I tend to agree with Katherine. Using that symbol for the Diocese of SC does indeed have racist overtones.Also, Katherine makes a good point that the situation would be similar IF Lincoln had decided to replace the Governor of SC and the legislators.
Fortunately even editorial cartoons like this won’t stop the Diocese so he can editorialize all he wants.

February 9, 2013

I have a Catholic friend who would convert to Anglicanism in a heartbeat if they adopted that symbol. I guess he must be a racist, albeit a black one.

February 11, 2013

I dunno… On one level it kinda works for me… And I’m a Yanqui.

James Manley
February 11, 2013

The guy doesn’t see the echo of the exact same design in TEC’s flag?

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