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The ‘Rev. Sloan’ on evil

Garry Trudeau’s long-running Doonesbury comic strip rarely spares the rod—or sharp pen—when satirizing presidents, cigarette companies and hardened conservatives. But he showed a soft spot with stronger-than-usual religious touches in his first newspaper strips dealing with the September 11 atrocities and their aftermath.

Doonesbury sometimes is so critical of Republican figures or strikes such a stinging note on social issues that some newspapers drop the strip temporarily, or permanently. That editorial practice arose last spring when some papers cut Johnny Hart’s B.C. Eastertime strip for, critics said, implying that Christianity was the replacement for Judaism. Hart, an evangelical Christian, has been known for creating cartoons that make doctrinal points.

 

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