Jack Chick |
Author: Kerr Cuhulain
Posted: August 26th. 2002
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Chick heavily promotes the idea of handing out his comic mini tracts at Halloween. He devoted a "Battle Cry" article, "Soul Winners Use Their Imagination On Halloween,"(10) as well as two pages(11) on the Chick web site to this topic.
I have amassed a large collection of Chick mini comic book tracts over the years. I've come across them while searching many of the criminal element that I deal with on a daily basis at work. These crooks and addicts have received them from the street front church ministries that they get their handouts from. These tracts cost these ministries 13 cents a piece ($3.50 for a package of 25). Some of these comic mini tracts are very anti-Pagan. Examples of such anti-Pagan Chick tracts include:
- Bewitched: This tract begins with Satan interrupting a business meeting with his legions so that he can watch his "favourite TV program." Although the program isn't specifically named, the TV screen in front of Satan shows us a caricature of the character Samantha Stevens of the TV show Bewitched (hence the title of this tract). Satan is laughingly commenting, "Delightful! So disarming. So innocent. Yet so effective!"(12) In the next frame, Satan explains to one of his demons: "That show paved the way for all of our occult and vampire programming viewed by MILLIONS today [emphasis in original]." (13) Satan then returns to his business meeting, where demons report on the success of their recruiting campaigns. Ouija boards, spiritism, and astrology are all listed as Satan's recruiting ploys. One demon announces that the One World Government is imminent. The ecumenical movement is listed as part of Satan's plan. Yet there is one problem: Ashley's grandmother is fasting and praying. Satan got her parents to divorce and took her mother to hell a year ago. Satan's legions got Ashley addicted to drugs. Satan sends his legions to finish the job. Demons appear to Ashley in the form of her mother's spirit to entice her to keep using drugs. Ashley's grandmother arrives in the nick of time to rescue Ashley by praying over her and bringing her to Christ just before Ashley dies.
- The Nervous Witch: An anti Harry Potter tract. A young woman named Samantha and her room mate Holly receive an unexpected visit from Samantha's mother and uncle Bob. Note the reference to the main character of the TV show Bewitched again. Samantha is afraid of uncle Bob because he reminds her of Jesus. Samantha and Holly decide to cast a circle and do magick to thwart him. "We go to your room and summon the spirits to help us," Holly advises Samantha, "You light the candles and I'll get the robes... Witches rule! [emphasis in original] God is dead and the churches are powerless. Old 'Bible boy' won't stand a chance against our black arts!"(14) They cast their circle in a room with an enormous pentagram on the floor, but nothing happens. Mom arrives at the door with Bob and Samantha begins to panic. They roll a carpet over the pentagram on the floor and admit Samantha's relatives. Samantha's mom announces that she has received Jesus Christ as her saviour. Bob notices that Samantha and Holly have done magick despite their best efforts to cover up. Bob tells Samantha and Holly the Biblical story of the Witch of Endor. Holly goes berserk, swearing and cursing Bob as she storms off. Bob calls upon the demons to leave in Jesus' name and Samantha, who had been possessed, is saved. Samantha confesses that she got involved in the craft by reading Harry Potter books. Samantha claims that she then called upon spirit guides and became possessed by demons. Samantha tells Bob that Holly's father is a preacher who likes Harry Potter books. Bob tells Samantha that she needs to read the King James Bible every day as "It's the only English version Satan hasn't messed with [emphasis in original]."(15) Bob tells Samantha to "pray for... all those kids Satan is drawing into witchcraft."(16)
- Boo!: Chick has borrowed elements of several Hollywood horror pictures in this tract. The story line in Boo is that some people rent "Camp Basil Bub" and do a Halloween ceremony involving a cat sacrifice just for kicks. Satan crashes the party dressed in black with a Jack O'Lantern as a head. Satan massacres everyone with a chain saw. The police show up and discover that the suspect is Satan himself. The police run away in fear. Satan then surprises a Christian named Joey coming out of a church. Joey rebukes him and Satan runs away. The next day the pastor of the church tells Joey Chick's version of the history of Halloween. "To satanists and witches, Halloween is no joke,"(17) the pastor tells Joey, "It is their most solemn ceremony of the year. As we get closer to the second coming of Jesus, satanism will increase. So will human sacrifice!"(18) The pastor then explains that the Druids started Halloween. This comment appears in a frame depicting a scowling, hooded figure holding aloft an Egyptian ankh (an interesting combination of mythological symbols from two different cultures). "October 31st was a night of terror called Samhain," the pastor tells Joey, "the Druids went house to house taking victims for human sacrifice. In exchange for the victim, they left a Jack O'Lantern which was supposed to protect the home from death demons that night. Satan loves Halloween because it glamorizes the powers of darkness, drawing little kids into his camp. And it's paying off! Witchcraft is exploding among teens today."(19) None of this is historically correct of course.
- Happy Halloween: The cover of this tract depicts an ugly witch stirring a cauldron. A group of three young boys goes to a "Haunted House" set up to entertain people in the community at Halloween. The last of the rooms that the boys visit has a person dressed as Satan welcoming them to the abyss. Frightened out of their wits, they run out of the "Haunted House." Timmy isn't watching where he is going and runs in front of a car, which knocks him down and kills him. Timmy finds himself in front of the real Satan welcoming him to the abyss. Timmy's Sunday school teacher speaks to the other boys the next day, explaining to them that if they don't want to go to hell like Timmy did, they need to give their life to Jesus. Bobby does so and is saved.
- Somebody Goofed: Bobby overdoses on speed. A group of onlookers includes a man in a T shirt with a Wiccan pentagram on the back and a skull on the front. The man is smoking pot and mumbling, "Wow! What a drag!"(20) A teen amongst the onlookers is discussing this with an elderly man. A handsome man comes along and refutes what the old man is saying about Jesus. The old man offers the young boy a Chick style tract. The handsome man assaults the old man, tears up the tract and leads the boy away, telling him that all he needs to do is "just follow the ten commandments and believe in the golden rule and you'll be ok."(21) The teen is encouraged to cross in front of an oncoming train by the handsome man. Their car is hit by a train and the teen finds himself in hell. The teen accuses his companion of leading him astray. The handsome companion pulls off a mask, revealing himself to be Satan.
- The Thing: Maria is possessed by a demon. Doctors and Catholic priests have failed to cure her. Her mother, Delores, goes to a preacher who loves Jesus for help. This preacher asks Delores how Maria got this way. "Her grandmother told fortunes," Maria explains, "Maria loved astrology and ouija boards- she studied palm and card reading! It seemed the deeper she got into it, the more depressed she became. I remember- her powers became so great that she could make a book slide across a table- she could even make the table rise up off the floor! We called her the 'Good Witch'! [emphasis in original]" Delores explains that one night Maria decided to have nothing more to do with spirits and "the thing" began to attack her. The preacher and his friend visit Maria with her cousin John, who claims to be a man of God. When Maria lays eyes on John she can see that he has been committing adultery and accuses him. The preacher chases John out, telling him that he may become the target of the demon if he remains. The preacher prays with Maria and the demon, named Verono, flees and takes up residence in John's body.
- The Little Princess: A children's tract. A girl named Heidi is dying. As a last wish, Heidi asks her parents to let her go out dressed as a princess at Halloween. Some neighbours give her a Chick tract instead of candy. This brings Heidi to Christ and allows her to convert her family too. This tract is simply and advertisement for the aforementioned Halloween tract campaign that Chick has dreamed up.
- The Curse of Baphomet: An anti Masonic tract. A son tries to commit suicide by shooting himself because his parents are Freemasons. Chick describes Freemasonry as Witchcraft.
- The Trick: Anti-Druid. This tract equates Druids with Satanists. Chick gives an inaccurate fundamentalist Christian version of the origins of Halloween similar to that in the tract Boo. Chick claims that Druids sacrifice children by putting poison or razor blades in Halloween candy.
- The Poor Little Witch: An Anti-Wiccan tract that equates Witchcraft with Satanism. Claims that Witches actively recruit young people through deception and that Witches sacrifice children. Claims that all young people recruited by Witches are sacrificed if they try to leave.
- Satan's Master: Another tract misrepresenting Witches as Satanists.
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Bio: Kerr Cuhulain the author of this article, is known to the mundane world as Detective Constable Charles Ennis. Ennis, a former child abuse investigator, is the author of several articles on child abuse investigation that appeared in Law & Order Magazine. Better known to the Pagan community by his Wiccan name, Kerr Cuhulain, Ennis was the first Wiccan police officer to go public about his beliefs 28 years ago. Kerr is now the Preceptor General of Officers of Avalon. Kerr went on to write four books: The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca (Horned Owl Publishing), Wiccan Warrior and Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior. (Llewellyn Publications), as well as a book based on this series: Witch Hunts: Out of the Broom Closet (Spiral Publishing).
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