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"Forbidden"?

Jesus and Mo Cartoons

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1Meredy
Jun 29, 12:25am Top

I was just browsing through some back episodes, from a random starting point, when the cartoon grayed out. A little box popped up in the middle of the screen saying "Forbidden," with a little "OK" box inside it.

What??

I'm new to the strip, as I've posted here, but I've probably browsed my way through at least a couple hundred installments by now. I haven't seen this before. Is it a joke?

Or is there some kind of interference now with the viewing of "Jesus and Mo"?

I clicked "OK" and went on, but a few frames (or minutes) later, the interruption recurred.

What is this about?

2Suspected.Spam
Jun 29, 4:21pm Top

>1 Meredy:
That's a new one on me. Never happened while I'm browsing, which is quite a lot.

Anyone else come across this one?

3Meredy
Jun 29, 4:36pm Top

Have you tried it today?

4Suspected.Spam
Edited: Jun 29, 6:53pm Top

Yep, just left the site, all normal for me. Have asked friends and no-one has had the same problem.

Has it happened again? Sounds like someone hacking into the site.

5Meredy
Jun 29, 8:36pm Top

Yes, it occurred four or five times, at intervals (as if by a timer or counter), and it's still the case today. I wondered if somehow the site or the browser had been forced by some legal action to insert a warning. There is, after all, a strong likelihood of offense taking.

I asked my husband to try it out, and it happened the same way for him.

Maybe it's limited to a certain browser. We're both using Firefox.

6ScoLgo
Jun 29, 9:55pm Top

>5 Meredy: I use Firefox almost exclusively and just had this happen on the April 28, 2008 entry. The cartoon is not wholly obscured for me and is fully viewable after clearing away the 'Forbidden' dialog box that pops up so it's more of an annoyance as opposed to a show-stopper.

7Meredy
Jun 29, 11:04pm Top

>6 ScoLgo: Yes, it is an annoyance and not a showstopper. But what is more significant to me than the actual nature of the annoyance is the intent of some entity to interfere with the viewing of the strip--even if only by being a fly that has to be swatted repeatedly.

8haydninvienna
Jun 30, 12:51am Top

Lucky all of you. Meredy's original post was the first I've ever heard of the strip, and I tried to look to see what it was all about, but all I can get is a "secure connection failed" screen. That means it's being blocked by the State communications authority (you get the same screen if you try to look at prȱn, not that I would ever do that).

9Novak
Jun 30, 2:57am Top

It sounds like Firefox is the problem. I am not using it and do not have a problem, the Jesus and Mo site is quite normal for me this morning.

10Charger777
Edited: Jun 30, 5:08pm Top

>7 Meredy: Jerry Coyne, author of "Why Evolution is True", one of the world’s favourite Americans, reposts Jesus and Mo on his website every week.

He reports that WordPress, his host platform, often remove the cartoons at the behest of the Pakistani government for violation of “The Prevention of Electronic Crime Act.”

WordPress is an American enterprise and showing Jesus and Mo does not violate US law. In effect a US company enforces Pakistan’s blasphemy laws in places where they do not apply.

Do let us hope that Firefox and other host platforms are not going down the same slippery slope.

11Meredy
Jun 30, 8:07pm Top

I do, I do, I do so hope.

That idea and anything the least bit like it are what set off my alarms, and not the minor (but persistent) annoyance of having my reading interrupted.

12Suspected.Spam
Jul 1, 12:03pm Top

>10 Charger777: Thank you for that info.

This week's strip at the head of the group has been updated to reflect what Jesus and Mo (and most of the free world) feel about "Forbidden".

13Novak
Jul 2, 8:58am Top

>12 Suspected.Spam: A good choice for a heading strip, that's a good one, love the very true irony.

Will someone be able to set up an index of Jesus and Mo strips we've seen here so far. Then we can refer friends back to them? Would be an idea.

14Meredy
Jul 2, 2:30pm Top

>13 Novak: How about this? Let's try to remember when we post a strip to also include the URL for it, or the keyword(s) used by the creator, or some other way to link back to it directly.

15Suspected.Spam
Edited: Today, 1:27pm Top

>14 Meredy: Yep. Both of those would work.

ETA:

Edited to add that my suggested tag page would not work for Jesus and Mo group.

16Suspected.Spam
Edited: Today, 1:33pm Top

>14 Meredy: The search and find facility on https://www.jesusandmo.net works so well that your plan of July 2 works well. I have started a spreadsheet/database to keep a record of which strips have been used here and the dates.

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