Fanaticism and oppression work! The latest editions of the comic strip Opus are being censored by at least 25 newspapers around the country. I have to concede that Breathed’s work doesn’t have quite the quality it had during the glory years of Bloom County, but that’s not the reason it’s being dropped: it’s because it mocks Muslim dress, and
newspapers are afraid to make fun of Islam.
Wyson said some client papers hesitated to run a sex joke and others won’t publish any Muslim-related humor, whether pro or con. “They just don’t want to touch that,” she said.
It’s not really much of a sex joke — more of a tepid innuendo — and even the joke about Islamic dress is much more about the shallow faddishness of some Americans than anything about religion. Why shouldn’t we be as free to make jokes about religion as we do about politics or sex or entertainment or bodily excretions?