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BELOW: Donna says that Dale's living arrangement with Amy and Andrea is "unChristian"; Lori tells her so is being judgmental: Donna is probably the most overtly religious character in the group of zombie apocalypse survivors that Rick Grimes has joined up with. Donna watches as Dale, Amy and Andrea return from shooting practice and enter Dale's RV together. In one of the most overt expressions of her religious beliefs and background, Donna states that Dale's living arrangement with Amy and Andrea (two adult sisters many years younger than him) is "unChristian." Lori replies, referencing a concept that is generally attributable to Matthew chapter 7, verses 1 through 3. Lori tells Donna that "being judgmental" is also unChristian. Donna may believe that Dale is committing adultery with Amy and Andrea, although it is not really clear at this point whether he is doing anything other than sleep in the RV with him. Dale's wife recently died (during the zombie outbreak 5 to 6 weeks previous), so technically, if Dale actually is doing anything sexual with Amy and/or Andrea, the sin would be fornication. Or Donna may simply object to such Dale "carrying on" with women who are so much younger than him. (Dale is in his sixties. Amy is 19. Andrea is 26.) Or she might object to the fact that there are two women living in the RV with him. It could be a combination of all of these that prompts Donna to call the situation "unChristian." A few issues later, Donna apparently has relaxed her stance in light of the extraordinary situation they're all in (zombie apocalypse) and although she still doesn't "approve" of Dale's relationship with Andrea, she smiles when she catches Andrea and Dale in a state of mostly-undressed physical intimacy and she leaves them alone and then tells her husband that it is nice to seem them happy together.

Donna says that Dale's living arrangement with Amy and Andrea is unChristian; Lori tells her so is being judgmental

Donna: Look at the three of them... Carrying on in front of God and everyone else. it's unChristian.

Lori: So's being judgmental if I remember correctly.

Donna: [walking away in a huff] Hmph!

Carol: [to Lori] Good one.

Source: The Walking Dead #5 (Feb. 2004): "Days Gone Bye, Part 5", pg. 7, panels 5-8. Written by Robert Kirkman. Art by Tony Moore. See also: sexual morality; adultery; judging others; Christian (denomination unknown); Lori Grimes; Donna

BELOW: Dale talks to Rick and Shane about his living situation with Amy and Andrea, pointing out that he's not doing anything with them, despite Donna's suspicions and religious objections: Whatever Donna might suspect is happening in Dale's RV, it seems unlikely at this point that her suspicions are correct. Dale, whose wife died about 6 to 7 weeks previous, is indeed living with two young women (Amy, who is 19, and Andrea who is 26). But he tells Rick and Shane that they're "not doing anything" (meaning that they are not doing any sexual, i.e., fornication, which is Donna's apparent concern).

Dale talks to Rick and Shane about his living situation with Amy and Andrea, pointing out that he's not doing anything with them, despite Donna's suspicions and religious objections

Rick: Lori tells me Donna just won't shut up about you and the girls living together in that camper. She started right after we got back from target practice a couple days ago and hasn't let up since. Pretty much the only thing she's talked to me about since I let Carl start practicing with us.

Dale: Donna ain't shown a lick of gratitude for my saving her life. I don't see how Allen puts up with her.

Shane: Those poor boys... Think about how she's going to be raising them twins.

Rick: Y'know, I figure you've earned the right to have two pretty young women keep you company. Without all your camping gear, we'd be screwed.

Dale: C'mon guys... I'm not doing anything with those girls. To be honest, I'm an old man... My plumbing ain't what it used to be. It's just-- after losing my wife not two months ago... It's nice having them around. They keep the place clean... Remind me of what it was like with her around.

Rick: You don't have to explain yourselves to us... It's your business. Donna's just an old housewife who doesn't have soap operas to keep her small mind occupied. Don't let her get to you.

Source: The Walking Dead #5 (Feb. 2004): "Days Gone Bye, Part 5", pg. 8, panels 1-5. Written by Robert Kirkman. Art by Tony Moore. See also: sexual morality; judging others; Rick Grimes; Dale Horvath; Amy; Andrea; Shane Walsh; Donna

BELOW: Donna doesn't approve of Dale's relationship with Andrea (apparently on religious grounds), but she is happy to see them find some happiness together. A few weeks ago, Donna said it was "unChristian" the way Dale "carried on" with Amy and Andrea. She complained to the other women in the group about Dale's living situation with two young women who is wasn't married to. A few weeks later after hard living in a zombie apocalypse, Donna appears to have softened her stance, although she still has reservations, apparently on religious grounds. Donna and the group of survivors find a nice subdivision called Wilshire Estates and they decide to stay the night in one of the abandoned homes. While delivering extra blankets to people, Donna catches Dale and Andrea alone together in a room, almost entirely undressed, clearly being romantically intimate with each other. Rather than protesting as one might have expected her to do based on her previous behavior, Donna smiles and tells her husband that it is nice to see people happy together, although she still doesn't approve of them.

Donna doesn't approve of Dale's relationship with Andrea (apparently on religious grounds), but she is happy to see them find some happiness together.

Donna: [opening the door to a darkened room] Dale? Andrea? Guys, I found-- [sees Dale being intimate with Andrea]

Donna: [talking to her husband after returning to her own family's room] Andrea's fine. Huh? What? I went in there to give them a blanket and I saw them... Almost all of them... together. So we're getting their extra blanket. I didn't want to interrupt.

Allen: Really? Wow. Lucky for us, then, huh?

Donna: I figured they didn't need it... They're keeping each other plenty warm.

Y'know... I still don't approve of those two, but Andrea's a grown woman and she can make her own decisions. It's just nice to see people happy with all that's going on. I'm happy for them.

Allen: The ice queen melteth.

Donna: Oh, hush.

Source: The Walking Dead #8 (May 2004): "Miles Behind Us, Part 2", pg. 19-21. Written by Robert Kirkman. Art by Charlie Adlard. See also: sexual morality; Christian (denomination unknown); Dale Horvath; Andrea; Donna

BELOW: Rockslide starts to say that being struck by teammate Dust in her sandstorm form feels almost "sexual." But Dust, a devout Muslim with a clear sense of morality and propriety, firmly warns him not to say finish the sentence.

Rockslide starts to say that being struck by teammate Dust in her sandstorm form feels almost sexual. But Dust, a devout Muslim with a clear sense of morality and propriety, firmly warns him not to say finish the sentence.

Source: Young X-Men #1 (June 2008): "Final Genesis", pg. 3, panels 3-4. Written by Marc Guggenheim. Art by Ray Snyder, Yanick Paquette. See also: purity of thought; sexual morality; Muslim; Dust (Sooraya Qadir); Rockslide (Santo Vaccarro)

BELOW: Tyreese warns his daughter and her boyfriend to keep their hands to themselves: A few days ago, zombies attacked Tyreese and his fellow survivors while they were trying to find a new place to live at Wilshire Estates. Tyreese couldn't find his daughter Julie, until he found her alone with her boyfriend Chris, beginning to engage in what appeared to be heaving making out or petting. He didn't have time to address what was going on then, as he had to get them to safety from the zombies. Now, relatively safe on the Greene farm, Tyreese gives them a warning about their behavior. Julie and Chris say little to Julie's father in response, but after Tyreese leaves they talk, making it clear that although they have not had sex yet, they plan to when "the time is right." The conversation between Chris and Julie also reveals the seeds of what will later be revealed to be a suicide pact between them so that they can be together "for the rest of eternity."

Tyreese warns his daughter and her boyfriend to keep their hands to themselves

Tyreese: Okay, guys. We need to talk.

Julie: Daaad!

Tyreese: Don't "Dad" me, young lady. This isn't going to go on right under my nose. I just don't have time to put up with this. I don't want to have to worry about you two fooling around all the time. I don't want to have to keep an eye on you on top of all the other sh-- I've got to do. You want to get pregnant? Do you not see how dangerous that would be? I don't know how Rick and Lori are dealing with it the way they are. This isn't a game. I know you two think you're in love but you're young... Think about what you're doing. *sigh* Just keep your hands to yourselves.

[Tyreese walks away.]

Chris: See? I told you we needed to go ahead and do it. I want to be together with you for the rest of eternity. I don't want your father to stand in the way of that.

Julie: I know... I just don't want to do it until the time is right. We have to wait.

Chris: Fine, Julie. We'll play it your way... But I don't want to wait forever.

Source: The Walking Dead #10 (July 2004): "Miles Behind Us, Part 4", pg. 20, panels 1-3. Written by Robert Kirkman. Art by Charlie Adlard. See also: sexual morality; afterlife; eternity; Tyreese; Chris; Julie

BELOW: Hershel Greene is furous when he finds his 19-year-old daughter in bed with Glenn: Hershel Greene is portrayed as a fairly religious man, one of the most overtly religious characters thus far in "The Walking Dead" series. He has been generous to Rick Grimes' and his band of zombie apocalypse survivors in allowing them to stay on his property and in his family's home. It is not surprising that he is furious when he finds his daughter in bed with a member of Rick's group.

Hershel Greene is furous when he finds his 19-year-old daughter in bed with Glenn

Hershel: Maggie, I-- What the hell are you doing?!

Glenn: Oh, sir! Uh... I really didn't want--your daughter and I-- We-- I'm sorry!

Hershel: Not yet you aren't!

Maggie: Daddy-- No!

Hershel: And you! What have you done, Maggie? Lacey, Arnold, and Shawn haven't been in the ground twenty-four hours and you're doing this? You make me sick!

Glenn: Hey!

Maggie: Glenn and I are in love, Daddy. I wanted to tell you before but I just couldn't! We love each other and there's nothing you can do about that. I'm nineteen! I'm old enough to do whatever I want! He slept here last night because I asked him to. I--I just... I've never slept alone in this room before! I couldn't-- Not with Lacey gone. I needed somebody to be here.

Source: The Walking Dead #12 (Sep. 2004): "Miles Behind Us, Part 6", pg. 2-3. Written by Robert Kirkman. Art by Charlie Adlard. See also: sexual morality; Glenn Rhee; Hershel Greene; Maggie Greene