published Saturday, September 4th, 2010

The Theologian

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!

September 4, 2010 at 12:18 a.m.
SCOTTYM said...

mp FTW!

September 4, 2010 at 12:20 a.m.
memphisexile said...

Fantastic. Clay, one of your best.

September 4, 2010 at 12:23 a.m.
notlittletommy said...

You people are unbelieveably ridiculous. Clay, you are missing a gold mine if you would just lower your standards and do a cartoon on Pelosi or the Messiah Obama himself or Harry Reid. What a tub full of stuff you could do on those folks. Better hurry soon if you have plans for these losers. At least 2 could be in the unemployment line soon. Too bad Beck and Co. get you guys so bent out of shape. LOL...What a hoot.

September 4, 2010 at 1:22 a.m.
hambone said...

This one ought to set the record, Clay !!

September 4, 2010 at 2 a.m.
chattreb said...

Is that religious book the Koran, Clay? If so the mag inside should be titled "How to kill Christians." You sir have Christaphobia.

September 4, 2010 at 2:06 a.m.
hambone said...

Is that a Klan Robe he's wearing?

September 4, 2010 at 2:21 a.m.
EaTn said...

Had Beck been born a century earlier he would have been destined to travel the country in a covered wagon selling bottles of elixir miracle medicine.

It's unbelievable that folks are so gullible as to believe that Beck and his sidekick Palin are the new national Christian leaders. Jim and Tammy never looked so good.

September 4, 2010 at 5:54 a.m.
hotdiggity said...

Good one EaTn.

I wonder if Beck has ever read the book "Elmer Gantry" by Sinclair Lewis?

Gantry and Beck, both former alcoholics and false prophets. Or profits, in the case of Mr. Beck.

My, my how easily the acolytes are led. Toss out a little racism, religious differences, and self-righteousness and the sheeple will trample each other to attend the bidding of Beck and company.

Kool Aid anyone?

September 4, 2010 at 8:23 a.m.
dougmusn said...

Just a few months before his death, my college sponsored an address by George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party. The entire student body attended his stump speech and, I must say, it was among the most educational events of my higher education. Without a doubt, none of us agreed with his poisonous claptrap. It was a wonderful exercise to listen and pick apart the argument he was offering. We quickly realized how powerful demagoguery could be and why a liberal education and incisive mind were so important to a democracy.

Just about four years before that, while in the last year of high school, I had a field trip to an advertising firm then calling itself the Motivational Research Institute (no relationship to the entity of the same name at James Madison University today). After a tour of the small organization, our tour guide led us down a corridor with framed posters of their most successful advertising campaigns. In concluding his remarks, he boomed "what we did for sterling silver, we can do for products, political parties, ideas, anything!" After the truth of that sunk in, I shivered.

The way the Tea Parties, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and their ilk rant about "reclaiming" civil rights, "taking back" America and such, particularly without clearly stating what they would do with civil rights or America once they were acquired, I firmly believe we must hone our critical listening skills and be careful someone does not hand us a bar of stone soap.

September 4, 2010 at 9:06 a.m.
Clara said...

I have met some of these depicted characters in my long life. And just recently, I met the secretary to Tammy, who sincerely thought Tammy was sincere.

I've met a thoroughly unscrupulous priest and his sidekick who tried to take over a church.

I've met the opposite in two priests, one who had been in a German prison camp, and the other in a small parish that took in homeless men and both offered guidance and help. And, of course there were the priests and pastors of ALL denominations who molested children and took advantage of the lonely and elderly.

Sigh! I still maintain I'm a Christian, as opposed to the miriad other religions of the world.

I'm not too popular with some of the people in my present congregation, but I'm comfortable ignoring them and doing what I feel I must. I've not been thrown out, yet.

hotdiggity, Elmer was a great example of the negative aspects of the breed.

But then, overall, I'm a simple-minded old lady.

Sigh!

September 4, 2010 at 9:12 a.m.
EaTn said...

Clara, I think Jim and Tammy Baker were sincere hearted folks that got caught-up in the fame and fortune and got off their God given path, then hit rock bottom to find it again. Tammy was very humbled on Larry King in her final terminal days. On the other hand, Beck and Palin seem to be on the fame and fortune path that they have chosen.

September 4, 2010 at 9:49 a.m.
hotdiggity said...

dougmusn, Clara, and EaTn...

Great posts. A pleasure to read.

September 4, 2010 at 10:11 a.m.
hambone said...

Glenn Beck is the Elmer Gantry of our day. To me Palin doesn't seem smarter than the moose she shoots! Without her notes writen in the palm of her hand she couldn't remember a two item grocery list!

September 4, 2010 at 10:16 a.m.
Duford said...

I have mixed feelings about Glenn Beck.

He's done an excellent job revealing and educating many about the muddled past of the progressive era, concerning much of the anti-property rights legislation passed then.

He's certainly a great entertainer; very funny and sarcastic.

However, he claims to be a libertarian. But he endorses our military empire, refuses to examine the reasons why terrorists do what they do (it's not because they hate our freedom), and fails to investigate Lincoln as the turning point towards our powerful centralized government.

But seriously Clay, you're the pot that's calling the kettle black.

A cartoon that would be seriously funny (and true) would be you drawing this very same cartoon, with Hope and Change posters and other liberal partisan items scattered through your drawing room.

At least it would be honest.

September 4, 2010 at 11:02 a.m.
tderng said...

dougmusn,you have already been given a bar of stone soap! the regime of Pelosi and Dear Leader have you bathing in a golden shower and telling you its raining. you are so quick to believe the bull*^%$ that the socialists in D.C. feed you that you can't see the truth through your hatred.As to what would be done if the repubs or tea party "took back America",I would hope that the immigration laws would finally be enforced and perhaps the American leader wouldn't go around the world talking about how horrible this great country is. He also,hopefully, wouldn't spend so much time attacking our own states who only want to be safe in thier own homes!!! There are many much more important things that need to be taken care of,but then Dear Leader might loose the immigrant votes. If Dear Leader were really about tasking care of this country and keeping it safe(as he took an oath to do),he would focus on the economy and border security. And before you say it sending 1200 whole troops with no authority to do a d@mn thing at the border is a slap in the face of everyone who lives and tries to survive on our southern border.

September 4, 2010 at 11:12 a.m.
SavartiTN said...

The "Why Gold?" on the back page of the comics is the perfect finishing touch!

September 4, 2010 at 1 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Just a few months before his death, my college sponsored an address by George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party. The entire student body attended his stump speech and, I must say, it was among the most educational events of my higher education. Without a doubt, none of us agreed with his poisonous claptrap. It was a wonderful exercise to listen and pick apart the argument he was offering. We quickly realized how powerful demagoguery could be and why a liberal education and incisive mind were so important to a democracy. _Username: dougmusn | On: September 4, 2010 at 9:06 a.m. ________ Here is 2 books that you may wont to read about Rockwell and they are by far the best books that i have ever read on him and his life.

1.Title Hate : George Lincoln Rockwell and the American Nazi party / William H. Schmaltz. Author Schmaltz, William H. Publisher Washington, D.C. : Brassey's, c1999. Paging xviii, 388 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

2.Title American fuehrer : George Lincoln Rockwell and the American Nazi Party / Frederick J. Simonelli. Author Simonelli, Frederick J. (Frederick James) Publisher Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1999. Paging xi, 206 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

September 4, 2010 at 1:41 p.m.
FM_33 said...

I have mixed feelings about Glenn Beck.

He's done an excellent job revealing and educating many about the muddled past of the progressive era, concerning much of the anti-property rights legislation passed then. He's certainly a great entertainer; very funny and sarcastic.

Username: Duford | On: September 4, 2010 at 11:02 a.m.


Glen Beck has made a killing being a Rush Limbaugh wanna be for the late 2000 crowd.

I know and he loves it as he skip's all the way to the bank.

September 4, 2010 at 1:46 p.m.
FM_33 said...

George Lincoln Rockwell was killed by his own people as the late Malcolm X.

It just goes to show you all that Hate is a bad business to deal in with !

September 4, 2010 at 1:48 p.m.
FM_33 said...

George Lincoln Rockwell was killed by his own people as well as the late Malcolm X.

It just goes to show you all that Hate is a bad business to deal in with !

September 4, 2010 at 1:49 p.m.
Duford said...

It's pretty funny.

Want Beck to go away?

Stop listening and watching him.

Drive his viewership down to the point that no sponsor wants to spend money advertising with him.

Until that point, the more you participate in your 2-minute hate against the man, ironically, the more publicity, and eventually, ratings he gets. Thus driving up his earnings and popularity.

I call it the "free market response" against something you don't like.

September 4, 2010 at 1:58 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Username: tderng | On: September 4, 2010 at 11:12 a.m.


Read.........

  1. Title The Obama nation : leftist politics and the cult of personality / Jerome R. Corsi.
    Author Corsi, Jerome R.
    Publisher New York : Threshold Editions/Simon & Schuster, 2008.
    Paging xvi, 364 p. ; 25 cm.

2.Title Barack Obama's speeches = Los discursos de Barack Obama.
Publisher Berkeley, CA : Ulysses Press, c2010.
Paging 223 p. ; 22 cm.

3.Title The case against Barack Obama : the unlikely rise and unexamined agenda of the media's favorite candidate / David Freddoso.
Author Freddoso, David.
Publisher Washington, DC : Regnery Pub., 2008.
Paging xiv, 290 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

That should send you on your way pal.

September 4, 2010 at 2:01 p.m.
FM_33 said...

It's pretty funny.

Want Beck to go away?

Stop listening and watching him.

Drive his viewership down to the point that no sponsor wants to spend money advertising with him.

Until that point, the more you participate in your 2-minute hate against the man, ironically, the more publicity, and eventually, ratings he gets. Thus driving up his earnings and popularity.

I call it the "free market response" against something you don't like. Username: Duford | On: September 4, 2010 at 1:58 p.m.


I don't watch the man or care for him but i have seen a couple of his video's on You Tube and that's about it.

September 4, 2010 at 2:04 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Now for the people that wish to see the other side of the Barack Obama coin read........

1.Title Barack Obama, the new face of American politics / Martin Dupuis and Keith Boeckelman.
Author Dupuis, Martin, 1961-
Publisher Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2008.
Paging xiv, 167 p. ; 25 cm.

2.Title Barack Obama : a pocket biography of our 44th president / Steven J. Niven ; introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Author Niven, Steven J.
Publisher New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Paging viii, 65 p. ; 16 cm.

3.Title The bridge : the life and rise of Barack Obama / David Remnick.
Author Remnick, David.
Publisher New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
Paging x, 656 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.

September 4, 2010 at 2:08 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Another book dealing with educating one's self about the evil of the white power movement in America please read....

1.Title American swastika : inside the white power movement's hidden spaces of hate / Pete Simi and Robert Futrell.
Author Simi, Pete.
Publisher Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2010.
Paging vii, 167 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

September 4, 2010 at 2:12 p.m.
FM_33 said...

This book will wake you up for sure and it will teach people to stop there sinful ways and come to Jesus Christ.

1.Title Encyclopedia of white power : a sourcebook on the radical racist right / edited by Jeffrey Kaplan.
Publisher Walnut Creek, CA : AltaMira Press, c2000.
Paging xxxvi, 585 p. ; 24 cm.
Other Authors Kaplan, Jeffrey, 1954-

September 4, 2010 at 2:16 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Now if one would like to look at the other coin all together and learn that hate can also be on the black side of things then read .....

1.Title The Malcolm X encyclopedia / edited by Robert L. Jenkins, co-edited by Mfanya Donald Tryman.
Publisher Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, 2002.
Paging xix, 643 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Other Authors Jenkins, Robert L., 1945-
Tryman, Mfanya Donald.

  • One of the best books you will ever read on Malcolm X and it has a lot of history and facts on the many different members that was part of the "Black Muslim Movement" during the time he was in it *

2.Title The messenger : the rise and fall of Elijah Muhammad / Karl Evanzz.
Author Evanzz, Karl.
Publisher New York : Pantheon Books, c1999.
Paging xv, 667 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

3.Title The Black Muslims / William H. Banks, Jr.
Author Banks, William, 1946-
Publisher Philadelphia : Chelsea House Publishers, c1997.
Paging 127 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

4.Title In the name of Elijah Muhammad : Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam / Mattias Gardell.
Author Gardell, Mattias.
Publisher Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, 1996.
Paging vii, 482 p. ; 23 cm.

5.Title The Black Muslims in America / C. Eric Lincoln.
Author Lincoln, C. Eric (Charles Eric), 1924-
Publisher Grand Rapids, Mich. : Trenton, N.J. : W.B. Eerdmans ; Africa World Press, 1994.
Paging xxiii, 288 p. [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.

6.Title The autobiography of Malcolm X / with the assistance of Alex Haley ; introduction by M.S. Handler ; epilogue by Alex Haley ; afterword by Ossie Davis.
Author X, Malcolm, 1925-1965.
Publisher New York : Ballantine Books, 1992.
Paging xii, 500 p. ; 25 cm.

7.Title Malcolm X : the FBI file / commentary by Carson Clayborne ; introduction by Spike Lee ; edited by David Gallen.
Author Carson, Clayborne, 1944-
Publisher New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1991.
Paging 514 p. : ports. ; 24 cm.
Other Authors Gallen, David.
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

8.Title When the word is given-- : a report on Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, and the Black Muslim world / by Louis E. Lomax.
Author Lomax, Louis E., 1922-1970.
Publisher Cleveland : World Pub. Co., c1963.
Paging 223 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

9.Title Elijah Muhammad : religious leader / Malu Halasa.
Author Halasa, Malu.
Call Number Eli
Publisher New York : Chelsea House, 1990.
Paging 110 p. : illus. ; 25 cm.

September 4, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.
FM_33 said...

President's Schedule Show Daily Guidance In the morning, the President will deliver a statement to the press on the monthly job numbers. This statement is open press. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Camp David. The departure from the South Lawn is open press.

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September 4, 2010 at 5:35 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Vice President's Schedule Show Daily Guidance In the morning, the President will deliver a statement to the press on the monthly job numbers. This statement is open press. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Camp David. The departure from the South Lawn is open press.

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September 4, 2010 at 5:37 p.m.
hambone said...

Fm 33, You work for Barnes and Noble?

September 4, 2010 at 7:17 p.m.
dougmusn said...

Thanks to all for the comments. A rebuttal is in order.

Tderng: Critical thinking and listening does not inevitably make one a 'leftie'. At least I would hope some critical thinking and listening skill might reside on the right. One may receive allegorical stone soap from any quarter which is exactly why thinking is so important.

For the record, I favor the Book of Matthew over the Book of Beck and resonate with the writer of the three questions from the Torah:

  • If I am not for me, who will be?
  • If I am only for me, what am I?
  • If not now, when?

If I ask myself what is the best thing on the planet, I would not choose amassing great wealth or power. I choose instead the laughter of a child for what it represents: happiness, a secure family, health, satiation of hunger and a future. Furthermore, I would include all children and not just MY children. If that makes me a progressive or a dreaded liberal, so be it. To the extent I can achieve it, I believe it makes me a moral man.

September 5, 2010 at 7:47 a.m.
rolando said...

Excellent points, dougmusn, excellent.

So you would take away or reduce YOUR child's happiness, YOUR family's security, their health, their good diet, and their very future -- a future YOU provide them by the sweat of your brow -- just to give to someone else that refuses or makes no attempt to provide for them? [I speak not of the truly needy here, but those who prey on others [steal] for their own well-being.]

Further, if you would force others to do and think the same as you -- under threat of arms -- then you would indeed be a Progressive/"dreaded liberal".

You sound much more someone who thinks and acts for himself, independent of partisan politics.

September 5, 2010 at 7:13 p.m.
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