Dilbert’s Jesus (Pronounced Hay-soos) Comic Strips

Scott Adams named a new Dilbert character Jesus, with plenty of jokes based on Jesus Christ’s characteristics and story – only this character’s name is pronounced ‘Hay-soos’ (which is actually close to most non-Western language versions of Jesus Christ, e.g. Yesus Kristus).

The strips are as follow:







Of course, plenty of readers complained, to which Scott Adams replied with the following post on his blog:



This week’s series in Dilbert caused quite a stir. It featured a new guy in the office whose name is pronounced hay-soos and spelled Jesus. I drew those strips a few months ago, and in my typical careless way I didn’t realize they would be running around Easter time. Oops.

You can see the series at www.dilbert.com while they are still in the archive.

As you might imagine, I got a lot of e-mail about this strip. Comments were about evenly divided between people who are deeply offended and people who think it was my best work yet. Interestingly, the people most amused often described themselves as religious, and those offended often noted that they were not especially religious.

My favorite rhetorical question, which I received an alarming number of times, was “Why don’t you mock Mohammed next? Huh? Why not?”

Well, aside from the blindingly obvious reason that I prefer life over death, I didn’t realize I was making fun of Christianity this week. It’s a standard cartoon practice to take well-known historical or fictional stories and put other characters in those roles. I did the same thing with The Wizard of Oz, and no one thought I was insulting Dorothy.

Anyway, I had to answer a lot of angry e-mail. Here’s a typical letter I received, with my pithy answer at the bottom.

In a message dated 3/11/2008 9:54:25 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, (address deleted) writes:

Hello! Mr. Adams,
Mr. Adams I just want to tell you that I don’t really appreciate you making a mockery of my faith. I used to think that your comic strip was funny, now I think it is very disgusting and not funny at all. I have found your last comics strips in reference to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ very offensive. There is a place for everything and there is a place for humor and humor has its limits, especially when it comes to those things and issues that some of us hold as sacred. I will pray for you and that some day you may come to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Otherwise you will find Him some day as your judge, and He will justly judge you for your sins and whether or not you believe in Hell that day you will believe and you will repent when you see Him face to face, but then it will be too late. Repent from your wicked ways and stop making fun of my Savior.

Thanks for your time.

Pastor (name deleted).

My response…

Thank you for taking time out from feeding the poor to complain about comic strips. I know Jesus would have played it the same way.



Strangely enough, he has yet to be lynched, hung, burned at stake, stoned or beheaded by perpetually-outraged Christians worldwide (and you know how Christians just love to riot and burn cars at the slightest provocation).

I actually found the strips quite amusing, so maybe the other intolerant Christo-bigots are too busy clutching the stitches in their sides to pick up their pitchforks and boomsticks.

Maybe if he named a cat, a teddy bear or a mole ‘Jesus’ the obviously fascistic, murderous and genocidal Christians would be riled up enough to add him to the literal billions of abortionists they’ve already murdered so far.

Or not. You can never tell with these volatile and sneaky fundies like me. The most dangerous people in the world, we are.

That said, Scott Adams had better watch out for the ACLU/ – who will shortly be filing suit against him for discrimination against Hispanics and illegal immigrants from Mexico with said comics.

/extreme, extreme sarcasm and mockery by thinly disguised proxy

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5 Responses to “Dilbert’s Jesus (Pronounced Hay-soos) Comic Strips”

  1. Jesus (pronounced Hey-Soos) was downsized for you! – Targuman Says:

    […] The entire series is worth reading. Dilbert, by Scott Adams. […]

  2. Ron Says:

    “…so maybe the other intolerant Christo-bigots are too busy clutching the stitches in their sides to pick up their pitchforks and boomsticks.”

    Nah, it’s because they’re way too busy raising a furor over atheist solstice displays in state capitals and “Imagine No Religion” billboards on buses.

  3. Simon Thong Says:

    Christian Easter service: hands raised in praise or heads bowed in gratefulness.

    Evolutionists’ anti-Easter service: egg sucking and teeth gnashing (grrrr, why are churches packed with believers? we have failed, we have failed, in our unholy mission!)

  4. Ron Says:

    C-E Christians: people who make a church appearance every Christmas and Easter as a force of habit.

  5. chryslee Says:

    as a born-again Christian and missionary, I found Adams’ series on ‘hay-soos’ hilarious and enjoyed it immensely. insulted? not in the least. delighted? absolutely! and I’m pretty confident the answer to WWJD regarding these cartoons is simply, ‘joyous laughter’!

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