Cartoonist: ‘It Isn’t Difficult to See the Popemobile as a Four-Wheel Condom’

You may have seen this “Bizarro” comic strip in your local paper yesterday:

On his blog, artist Dan Piraro elaborated on his comic with a level of honesty you don’t expect from a syndicated cartoonist:

Millions of people all over the world are so dedicated to the belief that this one man [the Pope], elected by other men, is divinely ordained by GOD that they will do anything he says, no matter how foolish or dangerous. The most conspicuous of these dangerous edicts is the condemnation of birth control and condoms. If but one man in a very fancy dress said it was okay to use birth control, millions of babies each year would not be born into poverty and subsequently die of malnutrition and disease. If he encouraged the use of condoms, untold numbers of people would be protected from AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, thus avoiding the suffering and death of millions more. These facts are undeniable and serve to illustrate in gory detail how dangerous the human inclination toward superstition can be.

Which prompts this question: if he is willing to let millions of followers take their chances with nature and “faith,” without protection, why does he ride around in a bullet-proof box? It isn’t difficult to see the Popemobile as a four-wheel condom.

Amazing. Hilarious. And very, very accurate (even without the Popemobile line).

And there’s more where that came from, too.

If every comic strip had this sort of hidden backstory, I might actually read the funny pages more often…

(Thanks to Barry for the link!)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • PietPuk

    This has always puzzeled me, why can’t catholics see that their own pope trusts science more than his own god.
    On the same note, it is good to see almost all religious institution hold science above their religion by topping their churches with lightning rods.

    • Jesus Fucking Christ

      When Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod, people, at first, though he was denying gods punishment. Funny considering religious people are always looking for loopholes in the bible, Torah etc. to get around things they don’t like.

  • Jesus Fucking Christ

    “Bizarro” has always been one of the few comics that I’ll read while doing the crossword and always one of my favorites. He alway likes to point out the absurd; and what’s more absurd than widespread superstition based on nothing more than someone’s “word”?

  • SeekerLancer

    I knew I loved Bizzaro for a reason.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw m6wg4bxw

    Does the eyeball peeking from the foliage mean something?

    • Andrew T.

      Dan Piraro hides symbols in his cartoons (eyeballs, firecrackers, the abbreviation “K2″) as easter eggs. The digit by his signature is the number of items hidden in the cartoon.

      • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw m6wg4bxw

        Muchas gracias

  • guest

    One of the comments on the site:

    “Roy Cobden says: lol! Now I can’t stop thinking of the Popemobile as a condom with a wrinkled old d*** inside it. And I like the cartoon too.”

    You sir, win the internet

    • kevin white

      Oh, that’s hilarious. I love it.

  • http://v1car.wordpress.com/ The Vicar

    Man, your blog is on fire today. (Or is it just a day with lots of interesting things happening?)


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