On Saturday the editorial board of the Gannett owned Tallahassee Democrat decided it was appropriate to inject Jesus into to the debate over illegal immigration.
In reaching this decision, the board graced its opinion page with a political cartoon depicting an ICE agent arresting Jesus on orders from President Donald Trump.
The cartoon read, “Thirty-Three Year Old Male, Brown Skin, Doesn’t Speak English, Working As A Carpenter…Yes, We’ll Lock Him Up, Mr. President.”
The cartoon is placed above an article critical of the current sanctuary cities debate in the Florida legislature. The article presents the position of the ACLU.
The Tallahassee Democrat’s sudden interest in the teachings of Jesus to sway public opinion appears to be rather selective.
After Planned Parenthood recently announced its presence in our community, I do not recall a cartoon depicting Jesus rescuing a four-month old fetus from the grip of a doctor’s forceps.
While political cartoons have served an important purpose in our history, the current political climate requires that those with the power to move opinion do so with some deference and consideration to the community.
The inclusion of this cartoon implies that the Tallahassee Editorial board –
composed of Skip Foster, William Hatfield, Jennifer Portman, Randi Atwood, and Jim Henry – believes the political message will help clarify the complicated and nuanced debate over illegal immigration for their readers.
Obviously, this is a stretch.
In my opinion, the selective use of Jesus in the political cartoon says more about the leadership at the Tallahassee Democrat than it says about the debate over illegal immigration.