Geoff Brown, the editor of the Chicago Tribune comics pages, finds more and more questionable material in the cartoons he screens. “I have seen … a decided tilt toward the outrageous—risqué images and language, name-calling disguised as political satire, oodles of toilet humor and several attempts to slip in a certain curse word and a certain racial epithet” (Bill Eichenberger, “Filtering the Funnies,” The Columbus Dispatch , April 4).
Such humor is inappropriate and especially influential in a negative way for young children who are often drawn to the comics because of the pictures and bright colors. But they aren’t the only ones impacted negatively.
In the daily business of guarding our minds, everyone is at risk from all directions, including the cartoon page. The Bible warns against empty laughter and coarse jesting (Ecclesiastes 7:4-6 Ecclesiastes 7:4-6 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.
American King James Version×; Ephesians 5:4 Ephesians 5:4Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
American King James Version×), and screening the comics to avoid inappropriate humor is, sad to say, another action we now must take to avoid degrading our values and attitudes.