Friday, March 02, 2007

He won't be back!

rob tornoe, tornoe, political cartoon, editorial cartoonist, james cameron, bones of jesus, christianity

Is the tomb of Jesus Christ under an apartment complex in Jerusalem? That's what James Cameron would have you believe. The Terminator director claims that ossuaries found in a first-century burial place may not only hold the bones of Jesus, but also the bones belonging to Jesus' family. In addition, they claim to provide evidence Jesus and Mary Magdalene were buried together and even had a son.

But fear not, all questions will be answered on “The Lost Tomb of Jesus,” an upcoming documentary to be aired on the Discovery Channel Sunday, March 4th at 9 p.m. ET.

My buddy Justin said that this build-up reminds him of Geraldo opening up Al Capone's supposed vault on prime time.

I can't say I disagree with him.

Here's a brief story round-up:

Crypt Held Bodies of Jesus and Family, Film Says; New York Times

'Lost Tomb of Jesus' Claim Called a Stunt; Washington Post

Claims about Jesus’ ‘lost tomb’ stir up tempest; MSNBC

Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, has chimed in on his blog about the whole "Jesus Tomb" affair. Here's an excerpt:

"If Jesus was in there, and sat up when I took the lid off, I’d first try to judge how angry he looked. If he had that money-changers-in-the-temple look, I’d go with a joke, like “Ha ha! Turn the other cheek!” Or maybe I’d try to explain to him that the extra suffering was extra good for humanity, and after all, that’s his job. Then I’d say, “Hey, I don’t like my job either, but you don’t see me complaining all the time.”

Read the blog in its entirety here.


Chris Rosebrough said...

I've written a comprehensive rebuttal of the films claims. Please read it and decide for yourself whether or not the film claims are solid or a hoax.

You will find it at

John K said...

Great cartoon, Rob. I posted a link to it on my own blog.

DAVID C. PRICE said...

Pretty funny...and this just may sink Cameron (I hope--did I say that out loud?)

Peter said...

Hey Rob,

Great cartoon mate. Mind if I show it to the folks at my church on Sunday?


Rob Tornoe said...

Peter- Not at all. Just let them know that I'd love to hear their reactions of it.

I have the "documentary" set to TiVo, so I'm curious what facts they are using to support their claims.

I guess we'll see.

NjSo said...

I'm curious to watch it too. Althought it think it's all a bunch of garbage, I just want to know.

Paul said...

I think it's a crazy world that we live in when someone can come out and claim something that undermines an entire religion, but when a couple of cartoonist attack a different religion, it's not allowed.

It speaks to a double-standard that exists in this country when it comes to Christianity.

Rian said...
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Rian said...

I'm not, nor have I ever been, a religious person, so I have no interest in this crusade James Cameron is now on. My only question is when the hell is he going to make another actual movie? Aliens, Terminator 1 & 2, and The Abyss are some of my all time favorite films. Titanic wasn't horrible either, but I'm getting sick of these damn documentaries.

Lucas Turnbloom said...

Rob fantastic cartoon; I did one myself that was similar. Also, thanks for posting the blurb about my friend Steve Breen's book.

Rob Tornoe said...

Lucas- Thanks! I just checked out your cartoon on the AAEC website.

Steve's a friend of mine as well. Since I play in his former stomping grounds, he's been real helpful hooking me up with editors.

Are you going to the convention in DC this year? I hope so. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone I can only currently chat with online.

Rob Tornoe said...

Rian- I am officially questioning your comment that T2 was a great movie. I don't know if we've talked about this before, but turning the cinema's most ruthless killing machine into a good guy? As good a decision for Cameron as having Billy Zane chase Leonardo while blasting him with a .9 mm as the Titanic sinks.

Unlike Arnold at the end of the movie, as his robot body is slowly lowered into molten steel, I can not give this movie a "thumb up."

Lucas Turnbloom said...

Rob – Thanks for checking out the AAEC site. Yeah, Steve's a good guy.

Unfortunately, I can't go to the convention this year. I really wanted to go for the 50th, but funds are low this year! There's always next year.

Teacher Tom said...

Got a great caption for you Rob:


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