I thought the Jesus-fish-eating-the-Darwin-fish was a later response to the earlier Darwin-fish-eating-the-Jesus-fish, which I saw sooner and much more frequently. Living in California may have had something to do with that, though.
But Philosophocles’ commercialism fish wins, definitely.
An acquaintance of mine saw the Jesus fish eating a Darwin fish in a parking lot at one point and started cracking up. The people whose car it was asked him what was so funny, he pointed to the fish in question and proclaimed, “Natural selection! Survival of the fittest!” They were Not Amused, but everyone he told the story to found it hysterical.
See, this is why I hate these “bumper sticker wars”. One side is always trying to “one up” the other side, and it never ends. I’ve been complaining about this for a while now.
Anyway, I don’t think the bumper sticker cited in the OP is any more “mean spirited” than many of the other Darwin Fish or other mocking non-Christian bumper stickers I’ve seen. Both sides of this stupid “bumper sticker war” have what might be considered mean-spirited or mocking stickers.
If you think one side’s mocking sticker is funny, you’d damn well better be able to see the humor when the other side retaliates with their own mocking (or “mean spirited”) sticker. To do otherwise is something akin to saying “No fair! We made fun of them and now they are making fun of us! No fair!” But it doesn’t work that way, and never well.
I am happy to steer clear of the whole religious bumper sticker wars—my car is currently being held together with various Yosemite National Park bumper stickers! Much better!
I always wanted to get two Pissing Calvins, and arrange them yin-yang fashion to pee on each other. That would about sum up my opinion of the whole thing. (Although I did like the Onion’s idea of a sticker showing Calvin peeing on Bill Watterson, to express one’s opinion of copyright laws…)
Of course, you could also have the other Calvin, peeing on the Pope…
My children brought home a dinosaur cookie cutter from their Wednesday church program tonight. The bag it’s in has a tag that says, “Before Jesus, there were the dinosaurs!” I’m not quite sure what that’s all about, but it sure is nice to be a Methodist. We get to believe in God and science at the same time!
All those pissing Calvin stickers piss me off. It’s a copyrighted image, guys, and Watterson gets nothing for it. He was one of the most brilliant comic artists of his day, and now people are taking his work and using it to show that they’re a bunch of mean-spirited yokels. Yay us.