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My Take: What all those Jesus jokes tell us
The authors note that Jesus jokes have become popular just since the 1970s.
November 10th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

My Take: What all those Jesus jokes tell us

Editor’s note: Edward J. Blum is a historian of race and religion at San Diego State University. Paul Harvey is a history professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and runs the blog Religion in AmericanHistory. They co-authored “The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America.”

By Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey, Special to CNN

Did you ever hear the one about Jesus being Mexican? Well, he was bilingual; he was constantly harassed by the government; and his first name was Jesus.

Or, perhaps Jesus was Irish? He loved a good story; he never kept a steady job; and his last request was for a drink.

Or maybe it’s possible that Jesus was Californian? He never cut his hair; he was always walking around barefoot; and he started a new religion.

You may not have heard these Jesus jokes, but you’ve heard others. They represent a comedic trend that has animated the United States since the 1970s. More and more comedy gimmicks hit on Jesus, his ethnicity and his relationship to politics. Laughing with (and at) the Lord is now fodder for major motion pictures, barroom comedy tours, graphic novels, t-shirts and bumper stickers.

How is it that a figure sacred to so many Americans has become the punch line of so many jokes? And why is it acceptable to poke fun at Jesus when other sacred figures are deemed off limits or there is hell to pay for mocking them?

The explanations are as numerous as the laughs.

Immigration shifts from the 1960s changed the ethnic and religious faces of the country so no tradition dominates today. The Christian right made such a moral spectacle of itself that it practically begged to be mocked. The emergence of “spiritual, but not religious” sensibilities left many Americans willing to denounce or laugh about traditional faith. The public rise of agnosticism, atheism, and secularism led to aggressive mockery as a form of persuasion.

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If we pause to consider why we’re laughing, we find that the comic bits delve into some of our thorniest and unresolved problems. The jokes reveal much more about us than they do Jesus. They speak to how our society has changed, how it hasn’t, and what we’re obsessed with.

The first public jokes about Jesus were heard in the 1970s. There had been religious jokes before this, but none about Jesus had become widely popular because organized Christianity held such authority. As the economic recession and problems of urban decay collided with civil rights exhaustion and new immigration, however, some Jesus jokes emerged.

Archie Bunker on “All in the Family” was the white racist and misogynist you loved to hate and hated to love. On one occasion, his son-in-law challenged Bunker’s rampant anti-Semitism with the claim, "Jesus was Jewish." Archie shot back immediately: "Only on his mother's side."

The “All in the Family” spin off “Good Times” featured a black family that lives in an inner-city housing project, probably Chicago's infamous Cabrini Green. On the show's second episode, the oldest son J. J. astounded everyone by painting Jesus as black. The younger son loves it, and says he learned all about Christ’s blackness from the local Nation of Islam.

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As the family debates whether this black Jesus should be hung on the wall in place of their white Jesus, they “miraculously” receive $140 from the Internal Revenue Service. Feeling blessed, the family placed the painting on its living room wall, and the elated J. J. shouted his tagline, "Dyno-mite!”

From the 1980s to the present, the number of prominent Jesus jokes has multiplied like loaves and fishes:

• In “Talladega Nights,” Ricky Bobby and his family debated which Jesus to pray to (“baby Jesus in golden fleece diapers,” “grown-up Jesus,” “ninja Jesus”). Their overall hope is that Jesus will help them continue their extravagant lifestyle.

• “South Park” featured Jesus as a weak-kneed host of a local talk show who boxes the devil.

• “Family Guy” had Jesus perform magic tricks that wowed his ancient audience.

• “The Colbert Report” placed a gun in Christ’s hand and had him defend conservatives against the liberal “War on Easter.”

• “Saturday Night Live” let Jesus chastise Tim Tebow for using the Lord’s name in vain and ended the bit by declaring that the Mormons have it right.

One unforgettable scene in the rather forgettable recent film “21 Jump Street” may explain why Jesus has become such a joke.

Before Jonah Hill’s character returns to high school as an undercover cop, he prays to a small, crucified “Korean Jesus.” Down on his knees, he says: “Hey Korean Jesus, I don’t know if you only cater to Korean Christians or if you even exist, no offense. I’m just really freaked out about going back to high school. It was just so f***ing hard the first time. … I just really don’t want to f*** this up. Sorry for swearing so much. The end? I don’t really know how to end the prayer.”

The hilarity of the moment only makes sense in our time. Hill's character is unchurched and agnostic, but wants spiritual power to guide him. We can laugh at how agnosticism and being “spiritual, but not religious,” leave him uncertain of what to say, how to say it, and even how to end.

We can also laugh at how ethnic factors color his approach. By wondering if Korean Jesus cares only about Korean problems, Hill pokes fun at the issue which was made a media spectacle in 2008, when the Rev. Jeremiah Wright could be heard preaching that “Jesus was a poor black man” as part of his support for Barack Obama. What good is a God who only cares for those who look like him?

The Jesus jokes not only reveal how tangled our religious, racial, economic and political positions have become, but also how many outlets there are for the jokes. In these tense times, when presidential hopefuls point fingers at one another and families unfriend one another over political and cultural differences, laughing may be one way to talk about the problems without killing one another.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey.

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Filed under: Christianity • Entertainment • Jesus • Opinion

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  1. me

    I’m 40. I asked my parents to take me out of Sunday school when I was 8. Even at that tender age I could smell the BS. To their credit: they did. Now, many years later, I now know MY PARENTS were atheists, but were trying to keep up appearances. Being atheist is much more accepted now and that’s good. Just be careful with the whole movement — because if you aren’t, you will just wind up starting a new religion and then we’ve come full circle.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • I support the troops

      @me. You know better. And Jesus is alive. Sooner or later we will all bow down before our maker.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      I share your suspicion of political and social movements. It's easy to follow the herd. Exactly how it can happen: in graduate school we used to refer to our belief in conjectures as our "religion". If we wholly accept the statements of anyone, no matter that person's reputation, it's as bad as if we accepted the ramblings of priests and prophets. Best to always be skeptical.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
    • John

      You thought you were too smart for God to exist. So God set it up so you can leave him and feel right in doing so. You got what you wanted, and so did God.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • godisfake

      It's less of a "movement" and more the ability of all of us to live our lives in peace. Notice that the Christians are saying creepy things like "bow down" and "you'll burn."

      Yeah, if it's a "movement," it's one in which people simply neglect to be that ignorant and nasty, at least in public.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  2. Catholic Soldier

    Freedom of speech isn't freedom to slander.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Which is to say ... what?

      November 11, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • I support the troops

      Well said catholic soldier. Beware of tom tom he is a regular. Only lives to answer this blog against the truth

      November 11, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • rinsac

      Not it isn't, but sure is a lot like how the Catholic Church has slandered Mary Magdelene and others over the years.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheese makers

      I don't think you have any idea what slander is. See, I can say the Catholic Church has a history of aiding pedophiles with r@ping children....because it is true....and therefore not slander.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • tallulah13

      And how exactly is making a joke about a character in a book slander? Just because you believe your god exists and that Christ was his son doesn't make that a fact. Why don't you worry about proving that what you believe is true before accusing other people of anything?

      November 11, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
    • John

      You pedophile supporters are as disgusting as the child rapists that you support and defend. You make me want to vomit.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • Catholic Soldier

      To Cheese Maker on the Pediphile comments: Don't underestimate the anger, frustration, and feeling of disenfranchisement by us Catholics– who are the first ones who have a right to be angry and maddened at what happened. And above our laity being #@*#ed off, our GOOD PRIESTS have a ten fold right to be irate because now the public looks at every one of them as a Fr. Sandusky if they're even with a kid for a moment. You all outside our church have no right to be @#$@ed off as much as all of us. But here's the real deal– the church of the world is imperfect and I accept that, and, as a fighting catholic I try to correct our church on earth. BUT, the divine church (not of this world) doesn't even catch a cold and is without flaw!

      November 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • Aezel

      Like when everyone slandered the Catholic Church for raping little kids? Oh yeah that's right, it actually happened.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • godisfake

      You can't slander a FICTIONAL CHARACTER.

      Or how bout this, Jesus can show up any time and take me to court for slander. And libel!

      Hear that, Jesus? I've been spreading rumors on the Internet that you cheat people in business and were caught with your pants down in the barn last month! What are you going to do about it?

      November 11, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • Catholic Soldier

      at godisfake– I, as a Catholic, am being slandered by many comments on this site. Take the time to read what has been written about believers

      November 11, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      It's not slander if it's true, SOC.

      November 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • Catholic Soldier

      weak and at the level of my 2nd grader

      November 11, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nothing is that low. Your 2nd grader is dumb as a brick, if it's anything like its father.

      November 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm |
  3. Maleek Al Akmed

    Why doesn't jesus play hockey?

    Beacuse he's scared to get nailed to the boards.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • midwest rail

      What's the difference between a christian blow up do,, and a muslim one ?
      The muslim doll blows itself up.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
  4. Ahmed sharia

    These radical Muslims really make me ashamed, religion stands for giving these people twist the concept.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  5. Apple Bush

    It is funny, you can tell the male demographic tonight based on how many of us have ben fucked over by women. Whores and nags. When you are young, it hasn't happened yet. But it will.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • John P. Tarver

      Solomon's wives nagged him into opening a place for Harlots across from God's house of cedars. It is not a new problem.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, Atheism, Secular ism. way of animals, not human.

      Only by hinduism, corruption of truth absolute called Greek Torah, also known as old testament, hinduism, absurdity of hindu's pagans of Egypt.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
  6. Edmond Fitzgerald

    It seems amazing that CNN can post this kind of article and expect no flack over it .This kind of article about the prophet Mohammed would cause an uprising against America and might even get someone killed.Why is it fashionable to slam Chistianity but be tolerant to everyone else.Sure there are zeolots in Christian preaching but generally people just want morality and ethics,which must scare a lot of people.How about some tolerance.For gays ,hispanics, blacks, whites, non Christians ,and Christians.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • ScienceSoma

      The point of the article is the acceptance in our culture of mocking Christianty's prophet. Since no culture yet openly accepts mocking Islam's prophet, this article could not be written.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
  7. Maleek Al Akmed

    Due to the fact that Muslims believe the Qur’an to incorporate the word of God/Allah as revealed to the Prophet Mohammed, the Qur’an and the words in the Qur’an are handled with a great deal of respect. It is believed by some that the words themselves hold mystical properties and to this end religious scholars are sometimes consulted by those wishing to ward off the evil eye or obtain protection.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, Atheism, Secular ism. way of animals, not human.

      their is nothing mystical about word's, straight talk by truth absolute Allah, the merciful.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
  8. Fritz Hohenheim

    I can't comment on the Jesus stuff since I dont really care about the reasons, but I think a good point was made with the question why aren't there jokes about other gods or prophets. The media ban on mohammed jokes is what concerns me most, not particularly because I am eager to see mohammed jokes but because I perceive it as Americans becoming more and more chicken and willing to pucker up to religious terrorists. We should stand tall and not let those moslems tell what we can and can not say on TV

    November 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • Maleek Al Akmed

      Muslim and Allah are real religion. only real religion

      November 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • Maleek Al Akmed

      Islam is good. Anshallah

      November 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, Atheism, Secular ism. way of animals, not human.

      Theen Allah, consti tution of truth absolute.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • DrewNumberTwo

      Islam and every figure in it is silly. Happy?

      November 11, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • Ting

      "Islam is good. Anshallah"

      That's right. There has never been any violence associated with Islam.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • 00ster

      Oh come on . There are a whole whack of mohammed and even some bhudda jokes posted within these now 54 pages of comments. Some are quite shrewd and funny. Others not so much. It's not that no one dare mock islam or buddhism etc. but that the north american readership is just not as familiar with these cults & their dogma. Hence the jokes don't go over quite so well. No real free thinking human can eat any of religious carpage without feeling the bile rise in their throats. Religion is voluntary slavery/servitude and it's not for me. If it's for you, fine. Keep it to yourself and please don't pollute future generations with this bronze age voodoo.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  9. Charles

    Gay marriages should be legal. Gays should be just as miserale as the rest.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, Atheism, Secular ism. way of animals, not human.

      Next issue a marriage license to dog's too, to be hindy filthy gay.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
  10. JJ Morales

    God Loves You All. repent NOW!

    November 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • Dippy

      But I haven't pented for the first time yet.

      November 11, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
  11. chilipeppr

    When will CNN stop posting fashonista, Hollywood actor scandals, and religious trivia as "headline" news? I guess that is why so many educated, well-informed people have gone to other sites for their news, and why no commercial articles can be used as primary sources for formal university research purposes.

    Humor didn't begin in the 1970's, and religious and political satire have been with us for millenia.

    There have always been jokes about religious figures, including God, Jesus, and the clergy, since the advent of Christianity, which was initially roundly ridiculed as a cult by many at that time. Check out old illuminated religious texts for the grapical subtexts (symbols such as animals, coded wording, etc.) for other examples of jokes at religious leaders' expense during the Dark and MIddle Ages, as well.

    That we can joke so freely–and publicly–in the U.S. about one of the more commonly worshipped Deity figures here is probably because of our tendency to believe in our First Amendment rights to free speech, and to our mandate for a formal separation of Church and State. We are not a repressive theocracy, therefore, we can be as reverent, or irreverent toward religious figures as we choose.

    Many Americans, and many citizens around the world, are not even followers of Christianity, or any other monotheistic religion, and freedom from religious persectution here in the U.S. is why many came here in the first place. Many who are Christian can also preserve their all-too-human sense of humor, and enjoy jocularity, even in terms of religion, and especially when their favored diety figure is being used to represent a persecuted group, such as the Mexican and Irish examples the authors of this piece provide at the beginning of their article.

    Many more Americans possess college degrees of some sort than do many citizens of many other nations. A formal education tends to lead adults to develop advanced critical thinking skills that allow them to carefully examine the tenets of Christianity. For many, their examination leads them to believe that this religion is nothing more than outdated ethnocentric, misogynistic, patriarchal power-mongering propaganda, wrapped up in a scrambled mess of refutational, illogical versions of continually revamped mythological tale-telling to promote various self-centered agendas.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • chilipeppr

      The humor that is so common in mass media productions (The Simpsons, etc.) reflects the skepticism of the show's content developers, and their target audience.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • chilipeppr

      Here is a "Jesus joke" cartoon from America in the late 1800's. Uncle Sam is being portrayed as Jesus on the cross, being crucified by the Jewish moneyed class. Jesus has long been a public figure for humor of various sorts, including political satire.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  12. Mohammad A Dar

    @Eliminated, hey tell us your Mohammed jokes, if you dare!

    November 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • JJ Morales

      mohammed is a filthy arab

      November 11, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
    • Answer

      Mo was a low caste Hindu.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, Atheism, Secular ism. way of animals, not human.

      Ask your mother for a joke, your mother was played by her brother to have you, hindu, child of incest.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
  13. Frank

    most women are kuntz

    November 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
  14. Wayne

    Ok, so this guy knows not his 70s sitcoms because Good Times spun off of Maude. Maude spun off of All in the Family. Maude lived in NY. NY is nowhere near Cabrini Green and Chicago. I do not know what it is but for 30 years for some reason the theological community has been obsessed with Cabrini Green.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
  15. Dasea

    I don't worship the Christ "Jesus" from the desert, so I never noticed.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  16. Bill Clinton

    Marriage is flawed. Men and women want different things from their relationships.

    November 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Frank

      I agree. That's why gay men turn gay. they can get what they want all the time. I am thinking about switching over.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheese makers

      If it wasn't for the se.x.....I would be gay...

      November 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Gay marriages should be legal everywhere because I would watch the sh.it out of gay divorce court.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, Atheism, Secular ism. way of animals, not human.

      Marriage is a covenant between man and a woman, nothing more, nothing less, hinduism, without covenant of parents, fruit of covenant, children have no future.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • Frank

      wait a sec...if you're marrioed, you aint getting $ekx

      November 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, Atheism, Secular ism. way of animals, not human.

      Ya, marriage is a covenant between man and a woman, but it's okay to have sekx with children in my tribal areas, visit us at Pakistan-Afghanistan border, and ask for Bucha-Bazi, to any cab driver.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • John P. Tarver

      Bill I fully understand the sense of betrayal you feel. After all, when Hillary brought home Webb Hubble's bun in her oven everything after has been blamed on you; even though you did the Christian thing and raised Chelsea as your own.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
  17. Pass the laws

    1. It's simply the right thing to do.

    2. G.a.y parents have been proven to be just as good parents as straight parents. Also, there are countless children waiting to be adopted and G.a.y persons in wedlock are more likely to have children.

    3. Children that are raised by G.a.y parents have no more chance of being G.a.y children than any other child. This is a notorious lie that has been perpetuated by hate and the extreme conservative right-wing of American politics. Being G.a.y results from nature, not nurture.

    4. To support the troops. "Don't Ask Don't Tell" has been repealed but this doesn't alleviate stress caused by not allowing G.a.y partners to marry. It's not good policy to let G.a.y combatants fight for their country with the uncertainty they have for what might happen to their partner if they die while fighting.

    5. To give survivors rights to G.a.y couples. Currently G.a.y partners are not able to fully exercise their right to handle the legal matters of their dying partner and cannot fully be there for them in their final years. This is an insult to humanity to deny G.a.y persons of the dignity of having their most loved and trusted person in the world be there during their last days.

    6. For economy stability. Not just for the tax credits that straight married people enjoy, but also for the stability of the American economy. Allowing G.a.y people to get married would give a growing population increased spending power. The tax benefits and extension of credit with two incomes in a married relationship could increase spending in industries such as durable goods, home improvement, automobiles, childcare, services, event planning, the economic benefits are endless!

    7. G.a.y people deserve happiness just as much as straight people. Happiness derives from the love and devotion that comes from marriage. While it's true that many G.a.y people are happy with the arrangement they currently have. They have two incomes, successful careers, and if they don't have children they more have more disposable income, but they commonly still feel like something is missing.

    8. To reduce depression in adolescents. Giving G.a.y children the hope that they can get married some day and have children in a socially acceptable country will reduce depression among G.a.y young people. Straight children are allowed this freedom and should be no surprise that many G.a.y teenagers experience extreme depression.

    9. To reduce G.a.y bullying in schools. If we legalize G.a.y marriage, there will be one less reason for G.a.y children to get teased. They will be less reluctant to be ashamed of their personal preference and will have hope that they can be just as happy as their straight counterparts.

    10. To help end the hate and intolerance of h.o.m.o.s.e.xuality in America. Just because America has a long history of prejudice that's no reason to keep perpetuating it. The unwelcoming fringes of our society seems to become accustomed to moving from alienating one demographic to another and the resistance to G.a.y marriage is just another example of prejudice in America.

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    November 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • Bertha

      You must be g.a.y. And activist. I pass! And i pass gas. . And i will marry billy clinton has no tv

      November 11, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • Dippy

      It's "gay", not "G.a.y".

      November 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, Atheism, Secular ism. way of animals, not human.

      Dog sleeping with dog, do not produce puppies, but followers of hindu Zoroaster ism, filthy goon ism, with boy abuse as a holy tradition.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • Bill Clinton

      no marriage. just boom-boom

      November 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • Bertha

      Come on Billy. Be a man! A man for Bertha!
      Billy clinton has no tv ! Goes to hollywood

      November 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
  18. HH

    Bad letter combinations / words to avoid if you want to get past the CNN automatic filter:
    -
    ar-se.....as in ar-senic.
    co-ck.....as in co-ckatiel, co-ckatrice, co-ckleshell, co-ckles, etc.
    co-on.....as in racc-oon, coc-oon, etc.
    cu-m......as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, circu-mnavigate, circu-mstances, cu-mbersome, cuc-umber, etc.
    cu-nt.....as in Scu-nthorpe, a city in the UK famous for having problems with filters...!
    ef-fing...as in ef-fing filter
    ft-w......as in soft-ware, delft-ware, swift-water, drift-wood, etc.
    ho-mo.....as in ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, ho-mogenous, etc.
    ho-oters…as in sho-oters
    ho-rny....as in tho-rny, etc.
    hu-mp… as in th-ump, th-umper, th-umping
    jacka-ss...yet "ass" is allowed by itself.....
    ja-p......as in j-apanese, ja-pan, j-ape, etc.
    koo-ch....as in koo-chie koo..!
    nip-ple
    o-rgy….as in po-rgy, zo-rgy, etc.
    pi-s......as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, therapi-st, etc.
    p-orn… as in p-ornography
    pr-ick....as in pri-ckling, pri-ckles, etc.
    que-er
    ra-pe.....as in scra-pe, tra-peze, gr-ape, thera-peutic, sara-pe, etc.
    se-x......as in Ess-ex, s-exual, etc.
    sl-ut
    sm-ut…..as in transm-utation
    sn-atch
    sp-ank
    sp-ic.....as in desp-icable, hosp-ice, consp-icuous, susp-icious, sp-icule, sp-ice, etc.
    sp-oon
    sp-ook… as in sp-ooky, sp-ooked
    strip-per
    ti-t......as in const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, alt-itude, beat-itude, etc.
    tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, nightw-atchman, etc.
    va-g......as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant, va-gue, sava-ge, etc.
    who-re....as in who're you kidding / don't forget to put in that apostrophe!
    wt-f....also!!!!!!!
    There's another phrase that someone found, "wo-nderful us" (have no idea what sets that one off).

    November 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
  19. HH

    o Helpful Hints
    Bad letter combinations / words to avoid if you want to get past the CNN automatic filter:
    -
    ar-se.....as in ar-senic.
    co-ck.....as in co-ckatiel, co-ckatrice, co-ckleshell, co-ckles, etc.
    co-on.....as in racc-oon, coc-oon, etc.
    cu-m......as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, circu-mnavigate, circu-mstances, cu-mbersome, cuc-umber, etc.
    cu-nt.....as in Scu-nthorpe, a city in the UK famous for having problems with filters...!
    ef-fing...as in ef-fing filter
    ft-w......as in soft-ware, delft-ware, swift-water, drift-wood, etc.
    ho-mo.....as in ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, ho-mogenous, etc.
    ho-oters…as in sho-oters
    ho-rny....as in tho-rny, etc.
    hu-mp… as in th-ump, th-umper, th-umping
    jacka-ss...yet "ass" is allowed by itself.....
    ja-p......as in j-apanese, ja-pan, j-ape, etc.
    koo-ch....as in koo-chie koo..!
    nip-ple
    o-rgy….as in po-rgy, zo-rgy, etc.
    pi-s......as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, therapi-st, etc.
    p-orn… as in p-ornography
    pr-ick....as in pri-ckling, pri-ckles, etc.
    que-er
    ra-pe.....as in scra-pe, tra-peze, gr-ape, thera-peutic, sara-pe, etc.
    se-x......as in Ess-ex, s-exual, etc.
    sl-ut
    sm-ut…..as in transm-utation
    sn-atch
    sp-ank
    sp-ic.....as in desp-icable, hosp-ice, consp-icuous, susp-icious, sp-icule, sp-ice, etc.
    sp-oon
    sp-ook… as in sp-ooky, sp-ooked
    strip-per
    ti-t......as in const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, alt-itude, beat-itude, etc.
    tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, nightw-atchman, etc.
    va-g......as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant, va-gue, sava-ge, etc.
    who-re....as in who're you kidding / don't forget to put in that apostrophe!
    wt-f....also!!!!!!!
    There's another phrase that someone found, "wo-nderful us" (have no idea what sets that one off).

    November 11, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • Bill Clinton

      some people can write out the whole 4 letter word. how to do that?

      November 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • HH

      Just put a closed html b tag anywhere in the word. Nothing contained in the tag, just open bold tag, closed bold tag.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Frank

      HH: Can you say it in english?

      November 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Frank, it is hard to demonstrate on the blog. Google "html bold tag" and then follow this. Insert an empty open and closed bold tag anywhere in the word.

      November 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
  20. HeavenSense

    Even though I’ve been making sourdough bread from scratch for over 5 years, it still amazes me that something so delicious can come from only 3 ingredients: flour, water, and salt. I don't use any special equipment to make this bread. I mix it and knead it by hand and bake it in my home oven on a regular sheet pan. :)

    Love Let Us,
    Love Lettuce,
    G.O.D.

    November 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • Bill Clinton

      can you share how you do it?

      November 11, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • HS

      http://pinchmysalt.com/how-to-make-sourdough-bread/

      Enjoy!

      November 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • Frank

      lovely

      November 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
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