Cavalier Daily apologizes for Jesus cartoons
Two days after refusing to apologize for running two controversial comics depicting Jesus Christ, the Cavalier Daily issued a statement today apologizing for the cartoons. UVA third-year Grant Woolard drew the cartoons for his comic strip Quirksmith. The statement reads, in part: "Offense was not our intent–- neither the intent of the artist, nor the intent of the newspaper, which seeks to provide contributors an open forum to present their ideas."
Woolard's August 23 and August 24 cartoons depicted Jesus Christ crucified on Cartesian x/y axes and Mary professing that her "bumpy rash" was "immaculately transmitted," respectively. The CD has removed the cartoons from their website and replaced them with a statement from Woolard that says, "The sole intent of my comic strip is to present situations that provoke thought and amusement. As this comic did not achieve that goal, I have requested that it be taken down from the Cavalier Daily website. I apologize for the offense the comic has produced."
The dustup turned into a sandstorm on September 13 when Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly called for UVA president John Casteen to kick the Cav Daily off Grounds for running the cartoons and accused Casteen of "hiding behind his desk."
CD editor Michael Slaven was unavailable for comment, but his voicemail recording says, "Members of the Cavalier Daily staff will not be doing interviews or making press apperances from this point forward." Nor was Bill O'Reilly or anyone on the O'Reilly Factor staff available for comment.