Ozy and Millie: Faith loophole

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Notes: White-out corrections in panels 2 and 3.

  16 comments for “Ozy and Millie: Faith loophole

  1. When will Millicent learn that her ability to identify and exploit loopholes was inherited from her mother, who’s entire career is pretty much defined by said practice?

  2. Oh my gosh, Dana. You’re downright hostile to religion. You might as well have just had Millie yell “RELIGIOUS PEOPLE ARE STUPID!!!”. It would have made the same point.

    • Millie only is pointing facts: (1) Religions don’t need rational explanation. (2) The offensive part seems proved with your comment; it’s only a comic strip!

    • Dear Bellomy:
      Here are some facts for you to ponder.
      (1) Religions, by definition, do not require rational explanation.
      (2) Our society, by accepting members of all religions, has taken upon itself the burden of not questioning others’ religious beliefs.
      (3) Some religions have seemingly illogical beliefs.
      (4) Some religions, and some members of some religions, also use their beliefs, seemingly illogical or not, to assume a position of superiority, which may or may not be justified.
      (5) Millie has noticed 1, 2, 3, and 4.
      (6) Millie may have been an outlet for Dana to slyly draw our attention to 3 and 4, as drawing attention to foibles of human character is something quite often done in this strip.
      (7) Making people think about 3 and 4, if in fact that is what Dana was attempting to do, as they are parts of religion, could be construed as disputing religion, despite that being an example of the part-to-whole fallacy, and difficult thoughts are often construed as disputation.
      (8) Millie’s statement that “to dispute religion is offensive” is proved by your comment, as you clearly take offense to her “disputing of religion”, although that is not what I believe the author intended her to do.
      (9) In the context of the comic, Millie is using 1, 2, 3, and 4 in an attempt to get her way – exploiting human nature (good and bad) in day-to-day life. This is promptly turned back on her by her mother, who also has noticed 1, 2, 3, and 4. I believe that the REAL message of this strip is “Family life is not the same thing as our society, so don’t try to bring the workings of one to the situations of another. Also, don’t argue with your mom.”

    • If it makes you feel better, you can always assume that Dana is talking about all religions other than yours, which is obviously and self-evidently uniquely correct.

  3. When two religions get into an argument over something, however trivial it may be, it basically becomes “our god says this” retaliated with, “no our god says this.” It’s really very childish when you think about it.

  4. I like how this somehow turned into “Dana hates religions” when it’s little more than Millie trying to get out of doing chores. Strips like this aren’t giving voice to any sort of religious or anti-religious opinions. It’s a gag. You’re not supposed to append so much meaning to it.

  5. Took me forever to figure out that the object on the floor in panel 4 is just the dustpan. (Firework? No, that makes no sense.) Didn’t help that at first I thought she is holding a mop rather than a broom!

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