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The characters in my strip, set in Africa's Western Rift Valley, are: the Foolish Pride of lions (Leon, the haughty and lethargic King of Beasts; his queen, Leona; and their cub Lionel, an unpromising heir to the throne); Secretary Bird, a liason between the Royal Court and the rest of the animals; cerebral, man-imitating Ape, a reader of the Substandard; peevish Rhinoceros; harmless but senseless Ostrich; Crocodile, resident of the much-frequented Watering Hole, and his dentist, Crocodile Bird; Honey Badger (alias Ratel), the "Meanest Animal in the World", and his one associate, Honeyguide; Mumbo the elephant, a descendant of Jumbo and a butt of jokes about his weight and the size of his ears and nose; Duncan the dung beetle; ill-favored and unwashed Warthog; the craven, henpecked male and shrewish female hyaenas, both of them foul-smelling and perpetually at war vs. the lions; the mistaken-identity-plagued zebras; slow and superannuated Tortoise; Oxpecker, a companion of large herbivores; Hugh the chamaeleon; and walled-up Mrs. Hornbill.

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26 November 2014

Uncommon Commentary #435: An Unedifying Edifice

The actual name of what we call the “Statue of Liberty” is “Liberty Enlightening the World”, hence the fact that she carries a torch.  This landmark may be an “icon” of the USA, but, to be totally honest, it’s one in need of iconoclasm; those of us who are still Christians ought to know that it is not an abstract concept like political “liberty” but Christ that enlightens the world.  Moreover, since it’s thought to have been modeled on or at least inspired by the Colossus of Rhodes, which was a portrayal of the pagan god Helios, the statue may even qualify as an idol.  Had I the power to do so, I would officially rechristen “Lady Liberty” as the “Statue of Wisdom” (and the island where she stands as “Wisdom Island”), since wisdom, unlike liberty, is personified in Scripture and can truly be said to have an enlightening influence.