November 22, 2003
Is Johnny Hart's B.C. comic strip anti-Islamic?
Berkeley Breathed, creator of "Bloom County" and "Opus," a strip debuting on Sunday, discusses the strip and Johnny Hart in this in-depth profile of Breathed in the LA Times and in this chat session, also sponsored by the Washington Post.
Hart denies the the accusation, saying "This comic was in no way intended to be a message against Islam -- subliminal or otherwise. It would be contradictory to my own faith as a Christian to insult other people's beliefs." However, it's hard to find any meaning in the strip otherwise. Also, Hart is described as being deeply Christian and recently offended many readers with a strip on Easter Sunday 2001 that ended with the Biblical words "It is finished" over an image of a Menorah turning into a cross, a gesture that seemed to be an affront to Judaism.