By Daryl Cagle
March 12, 2008
The new sins are:
1. Genetic engineering
2. Drug abuse
3. The disparity between the very rich and the very poor
7. Causing social injustice
The church describes the new sins as social in nature and "a corollary of the unstoppable process of globalization." Societies have experience regulating social issues, like pollution, and that experience gives us a great leg up on regulating the other sins.
California's Governor Schwarzenegger likes to fly his jet home, from Sacramento to Los Angeles, each night after work, so he can spend time with his family. Schwarzenegger creates a lot of pollution in his daily commute, but the governor buys carbon-offset credits from businesses that are more environmentally friendly than they need to be, selling their eco-surplus back to the governor. Al Gore does the same thing, reducing his big carbon footprint from his private flights and his big houses by buying carbon-offset credits. It's cool. Offsets work. It's the free-market solution and the system works for other sins too.
Artist Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com
In fact, the system applies to all of the deadly sins. I watched New York Governor Eliot Spitzer squirm, under the glare of his dowdy wife, at a one-minute press conference about his being caught as the customer of a high-priced hooker. I've never used the services of a prostitute myself, and I think I deserve some credit for that - credits that I should be able to sell to Governor Spitzer at a time when he really needs the "hooker-offsets."
In fact, I personally fare much better with this new set of seven deadly sins than I did with the first set. As an editorial cartoonist, I create very little pollution I even use those curly light bulbs. Given the number of pencils I use, I probably haven't killed any more than one tree in my whole career. Two at the most. Not counting the paper.
I don't cause social injustice (not much anyway); I'm not a pedophile; I don't have abortions; I don't abuse drugs or do any genetic engineering. I score so well on the new sins test that I should be awarded plenty of offsets that I could sell back to the Vatican to offset their pedophile priest problem.
I'll be rich! (But not "very rich," because that would be a sin.)
His books "The BIG Book of Bush Cartoons" and "The Best Political Cartoons of the Year, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Editions," are available in bookstores now.
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