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The Religious Affiliation of
Johnny Hart
cartoonist for the popular syndicated comic strip "B.C."


From: Ervin Shaw, "Caveman Speaks Daily" webpage, posted 2001; in "Christian Testimonies" section of "The Truth . . . What Is It?" website (http://poptop.hypermart.net/testjh.html; viewed 7 November 2005):
Born about 1931 and a churchgoer as a child, he had later achieved fame far and wide; and he and his wife were living the life of the famous. A real estate agent told him of a 158-acre place with 28-acre lake...he bought it and began house renovations and the building of his studio. To his horror, he realized that they would be without TV! A neighbor introduced a father-son pair of satellite TV dish salesmen who agreed to wire his place up. A complicated job, it took the pair over 2 months. As Christians, they kept the Christian channel on as a test channel. Johnny, commenting on the type of TV programs, said, "Is that all there is?" "No Sir, Mr. Hart; we can change to something else!" Strangely, Hart didn't request a change; even stranger, he found himself sneaking over and peeping through a cracked door to hear and watch those TV preachers. Soon, "I drove by the Nineveh church one Sunday morning". He noticed a scene remindful of childhood times. He joked to wife Bobby, "Hey, like to go to church?" Looking at him as if he had asked a really weirdo question, "No, not really." He then secretly prayed that God would change her heart; and in just 2 weeks, she asked the church question of him. Residing in Nineveh, New York, Johnny Hart, cartoonist author of the cartoon strip, BC, is a committed Christian and Sunday school teacher of children. His syndicated cartoon is seen in at least 1300 newspapers, and it delights him that the unabashed Christian themes in the cartoon generate much discussion among both secular and Christian readers and publishers...even to the point of huge debates resulting in the termination of his strip in some newspapers.

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