I’m offended Stars and Stripes would allow a cartoonist to make a mockery of Jesus in your opinion section (Nov. 17).

In the cartoon, Jesus is being called a socialist, among other questionable names. More indignant was the cartoonist’s use of Jesus Christ as a comic tool to forward his slant on the current health care debate. While liberals’ disgust in anything deemed "absolutist" is prevalent, the use of Jesus Christ as a pawn for their agenda is unspeakable.

Had the cartoonist instead used Muhammad in his caricature, he may have received the same kind of threats as the cartoonists in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. Yet, to the liberal-minded, Jesus Christ is an easy mark for their comedy, because so few Christians have the gall to speak out against such mockery. Taking advantage of this complacency has surely become commonplace.

What’s bothersome is Stars and Stripes allowing this cartoonist a medium to espouse comedy at the expense of believers. I’m appalled Stars and Stripes would allow this to be printed.

Sgt. 1st Class Steve BradfordJoint Base Balad, Iraq

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