In the 1930s, cartoons depicting Jewish people were used as propaganda. These were grotesque caricatures with oversized features which displayed false and unfair stereotypes.

They convinced lots of ordinary Europeans to allow Hitler’s politics to thrive. More recently, riots resulted after a derogatory cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed made its way into a Danish newspaper.

Some jokes about religion are funny, so much so, that American Jesuit Father James Martin SJ has just written a book about it called Between Heaven and Mirth.

However, sometimes, jokes when considered more carefully are interesting reflections on how far a society will go to “entertain” at the expense of a group, culture or denomination.

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