Jack Chick |
Author: Kerr Cuhulain
Posted: August 26th. 2002
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One of the disturbing themes in Chick's tracts is this: Live a wonderful, caring and productive life and go to hell simply because you don't recognize Jesus as your saviour. Live a criminal life involving yourself in every excess and go to heaven if at the last moment you found Jesus. Given that I find these tracts in the pockets of many of the criminals that I've dealt with over the last 25 years, you wonder if they are responsible for allowing these criminals to rationalize their continuing criminality? Why give up your life of crime if you can at some future date get saved? Where is the incentive to be responsible and caring now? Examples of Chick's tracts carrying this message include:
- The Execution: A simply horrible tract. A bad son abuses his mother and lives a life of crime. Finally the bad son commits a murder and is sentenced to hang. On the morning of the execution they release this sociopathic criminal, telling him that someone else has paid the price for him. When he asked the warden who they hung in his place, they tell him his Christian mother volunteered to be hanged for him, just as Jesus died for our sins.
- Flight 144: A couple spends their life doing good missionary works but still goes to hell because they don't accept Jesus as their saviour.
- The Trap: Chick tells the reader that everyone except fundamentalist Christians go to hell. Chick singles out New Age beliefs such as channelling and reincarnation as Satanic. Chick says that good works alone are not sufficient to get you into heaven.
- Sin Busters: Chick complains about the ten commandments being kept out of public schools. In the tract a couple of kids are discussing how they'd get in trouble if they talked about Jesus at school. Chick tells the story of what the Ten Commandments are through one of the two characters. The secondary message is that even if you follow the ten commandments you can't get to heaven. Chick tells you that your only hope of salvation is to accept Jesus.
- It's The Law: Same theme as Sin Busters.
- The Great One: Another "good works aren't enough" story. A philanthropist and highly regarded man learns that he isn't as great as he thought he was when he winds up in hell.
- Gun Slinger: A hired killer finds Christ and goes to heaven while the cop that pursued him goes to hell because he doesn't accept Christ.
- Reverend Wonderful: A respected religious leader dies and goes to hell because he didn't recognize Jesus as his saviour.
- Gomez is Coming: A gang member named Gomez accepts Jesus as his saviour and forgives the gangsters that assassinated his kid brother.
- The Hit!: Rose forgives a mobster for slaughtering her family and in the process saves him for Jesus.
An example of Chick's full size comics is his Crusader series. In this series a pair of male Christian crime fighters, one Caucasian and the other Black, seek out Satan's bad guys and defeat them with biblical quotes. Both individuals are built like He-Man. The characters seem to have been inspired by the old "Mod Squad" TV series. The Crusader series includes:
- #1: Operation Bucharest: The Crusaders smuggle Bibles into Eastern Europe (this comic was created before the fall of the Communist regimes there) and lead a Communist spy to Christ.
- #2: The Broken Cross: This 1974 comic claims that all levels of authority and church have been infiltrated by a worldwide Satanic conspiracy that sacrifices kidnapped humans and animals. It clearly equates Wicca with Satanism. Like the mini comic tract The Poor Little Witch, The Broken Cross claims that Witches sacrifice humans and actively recruit young people.
- #3: Scar Face: "His face marred by racial violence, Kruma grew up full of hate,"(39) the Chick ad tell us, "But when a strange man saves his life, he learns that God loves everyone, regardless of skin color."(40) As long as everyone accepts Chick's version of Christianity, that is.
- #4: Exorcists: A young boy becomes possessed in a manner reminiscent of the movie "The Exorcist", except that the events occur in India. At one point the mother of the boy states "I must see my old priest! Maybe he'll forgive me for becoming a communist..."(41) Representatives of several different religions faiths fail to cure the boy. So does a medical doctor. Along comes the Crusaders to the rescue, proving that only Chick's fundamentalist Christian form of exorcism can save the day. This comic is very critical of Eastern religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism. Chick states that there are over "300 million [gods in India] and all of them are Satanic."(42)
- #5: Chaos!: This Sunday School tract attempts to prove prophecies of the coming "Rapture" followed by Armageddon. Anti-Communist/Russian/Chinese. Chaos denigrates all other religions.
- #6: Primal Man?: This 1976 comic is anti-evolution/Darwin and pro-creationism.
- #7: The Ark?: While helping an expedition search for the Ark on Mount Ararat, the Crusaders learn about the history of Noah's Ark.
- #8 The Gift: The Crusaders prevent a woman from committing suicide and convert her to Christianity.
- #9: Angel of Light: Chick's fundamentalist history of Satanism and "Luciferianism" (Chick's term for all other religions). Anti-Mormon/Freemason/Jehovah's Witness/Catholic. In this comic Chick lays out what he perceives to be "Satan's Spiritual Structure", and a mighty bizarre lay out it is. This has "Satan or Lucifer- same person"(43) at the top with "Beelzebub- his commanding general"(44) beneath him. Beneath "Beelzebub" Chick lists "Principalities (or Dukes)- names of top demons withheld."(45) Beneath this he has the following subdivisions:
- "Occult: false religions, lodges, eastern religions, false Christian religions, liberal Christian religions, Illuminati owned churches, halucinating (sic) drugs, reincarnation.
- "Sexual Lust: homosexuality, bisexuality, adultery, pre-marital sex, masturbation, pornography.
- "Addiction and Partying: drugs (non hallucinating), smoking, alcohol, caffeine, gluttony (overeating).
- "Murder: hate, abortion, jealousy, envy, war, gossip.
- "Death and Sickness.
- "Mind Illness: Depression, suicide, nerves.
- "The Unspeakable Demon (designed to hinder Christians only): religious contentment, anti-soul winning, anti-spiritual growth, anti-financial support
- "Powers- controlling nations, governments, cities and towns: under these, countless unclean spirits--each under strict control of its commander".(46)
- #10: Spellbound?: This 1978 comic claims that all rock music is made and produced by Satanists to enslave the public. It is anti Dungeons and Dragons. Spellbound depicts an entirely fictitious Wiccan ceremony for the Satanic blessing of rock music.
- #11: Sabotage: Chick attempts to discredit all Christian denominations besides his own in Sabotage. Chick makes several anti-Islamic, anti-Communist and anti-Semitic statements. Sabotage reports that remains of Noah's Ark and of the city of Sodom have been found (both claims false). Chick states his belief that for 7 years preceding Armageddon all true Christians will vanish directly into Heaven and that "those in the occult [will] explain away the Rapture." As if this isn't weird enough, Chick then claims that the Jews are secretly stockpiling Bibles in some concealed ruins in a remote Trans-Jordanian location where they will all hide out during the Rapture. Chick attempts to convince the reader that Armageddon is at hand because "the final generation of Jews" began on the 14th of May 1948 when Israel became a nation. Chick bases this theory on Ezekiel's prophesy that Israel would become a nation again. Other weird claims made by Chick in this comic include:
- That a Russian assault on Israel will be a prelude to Armageddon. Chick claims that the building of the "Aswan Dam in Syria" plus others in the future will dry up "the Euphrates" to allow huge Eastern armies from China, Japan and India to invade Israel. Not only is there no alliance between these different groups (some of them have been at war with each other), but his geographical information is faulty. The Aswan Dam is on the Nile river in Egypt, not the Euphrates in Syria. Chick claims that Russia will lose this war with Israel and a single ruler of Europe will emerge and take the title of "the Beast" to rule the world in Satan's name. Now that the USSR is defunct, I wonder what Chick will do to try to shore up his wobbly prophecies?
- That all non-Christians will receive the mark of the beast on their foreheads. Chick claims that this mark will be a series of three equals (=) signs, each having a dot above and below it. He states that this is the "computer printout for 666"!
Chick also produced the anti-Catholic Alberto Series of comics, based on the story of a former Jesuit priest named Alberto:
- Alberto: Testimony of a former Jesuit Priest, which Chick claims exposes "Rome's innermost secrets."(47)
- Double-Cross: Alberto is hunted by the Jesuits for speaking out against them. "NO Jesuit can leave his order alive!"(48) Chick tells us. Chick claims that the Catholics have infiltrated Protestant churches.
- The Godfathers: "Here's how the Roman Catholic Institution, as the 'Mother of Abominations: (Rev. 17), caused many wars,"(49) the Chick ad states, "This is the book that the Catholic press is afraid to mention."(50)
- The Force: Chick claims that the Vatican is using "occult force" to deceive millions, describing the Vatican as the "habitation of devils."(51) Chick claims that the Jesuits control most other Western religious groups such as Freemasonry, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, and Christian Science.
- Four Horsemen: Explains Chick's ideas of how the Papacy fulfills the Biblical prophecies of the Apocalypse.
- The Prophet: Chick claims that the Papacy helped start Islam.
Chick has produced two other comics. One, King of Kings, is basically an abbreviated pictorial version of the Bible. The other is The Big Betrayal. The Big Betrayal is similar to the Alberto series of comics: It is based on a book, 50 Years In The Church of Rome, by another former Catholic priest, Charles Chiniquy. In The Big Betrayal, Chick claims that "Abraham Lincoln's legal assistance against the Jesuits set him up for murder."(52)
Chick produces audio tapes too. An example the two part tape "Closet Witches." "Closet Witches" is an interview of "Dr Rebecca Brown" (real name Ruth Bailey) which is, as one might expect from the title, anti-Wiccan. It is basically a rehash of the falsehoods told by "Brown" in her book He Came to Set The Captives Free. Others include the tapes "Smokescreens" and "Lets Take A Stand."
Chick produces videos too. Harry Potter: Witchcraft Repackaged- Making Evil Look Innocent is his latest effort. You've probably noticed how people like Chick take the Bible to be literally true. So it is hardly surprising that a person like Chick should think that the fictional works of J. K. Rowling describe actual practices of Wicca. Chick accuses Scholastic Inc. of "using it's unrivalled position in the educational system to flood classrooms and libraries with witchcraft, repackaged as 'children's fantasy literature... millions of children are being desensitized to the dangers of the occult spiritual world. Through Harry's world of sorcery they are learning what tools today's witches and pagans use- supernatural imagination, spiritual concentration, wands, brooms, spells and curses."(53)
This may seem silly stuff to many of you readers and it would be if it weren't for the fact that so many people take these publications seriously. Chick's business has thrived for decades and his tracts are available in 100 different languages. Chick has distributors in England, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Germany. Police officers have used these tracts as a resource. For example: The comic The Force was used as the basis for a history of Satanism presented by Detective Eisenbraun of the Rapid City Police Department in his presentation on Satanic Crime in Bismarck, North Dakota in 1989. Frontline Ministries uses Chick comics for the graphics in their slide presentations to the public. I could give other examples, but you get the point.
Chick seems to back people that tell him what he wants to hear, even if facts contradicting their stories are staring him in the face. Whether Chick really believes the stories of Bailey/ Brown, Schnoebelen and Todd himself, or whether he is simply using them to try to advance his crackpot theories is a moot point. But whether he does or not, Chick still uses them as a source of information in a lot of his publications, despite having to answer a lot of angry questions from various Christian clergy who have discovered that they were lied to by Todd, Schnoebelen or "Brown." I have collected many letters from Christian clergy as proof of this. Publicly discrediting individuals such as Schnoebelen seems to have no effect on Chick's support for them.
Many Churches have publicly refuted Chick's claims. Even some actively anti-Pagan organizations have taken Chick to task. For example: Maureen Davies' anti-Pagan organization "Reachout Trust" has refuted Chick's claims in print. An article by Davies, entitled "Rebecca and Elaine", appeared in Reachout Trust's Winter 1989 Newsletter:
"On a number of occasions people have asked me what I think of the truth of the tapes Closet Witches 1 & 2 and the books, He Came To Set The Captives Free and Prepare For War written by Rebecca Brown and Elaine who now work very closely with Jack Chick. Although at the time I found little hard evidence to really be able to question them there was something about the story and a testimony tape I heard that gave me a few warning bells. The folks from P.F.O. [Personal Freedom Outreach], G Richard Fisher, Paul R Blizzard and M Kurt Goedelman have now published an in depth investigation into them in the latest "Quarterly Journal". (Available from Head Office [of Reachout, ed] 50p). The facts that are brought to light are quite frightening when you realize the effect that the testimony and teaching of these women has had on many churches. I simply print here the conclusions that the P.F.O. team came to after 8+ pages of detailed facts:
"'Rebecca and Elaine's story, as told to Chick, with its extra-biblical claims and sinful origins cause it to be found wanting when held up to the standard of God's Word. Further, we cannot ignore the vast amount of documentation and testimony given by police, doctors, lawyers, family members and acquaintances; nor can we give heed to the claim that they are all part of Satan's ploy to discredit Rebecca and Elaine... Jack Chick continues to deceive the public with his promotion of questionable and sensationalistic testimonies. The advancement of such in no way edifies the body of Christ. It appears that Chick has, himself, fallen prey to Satan's wiles. We hope in the future he acknowledges the sordid and suspicious past of these women and admits he has been deceived. Our prayer, too, is that Rebecca and Elaine will repent of the lies and deceptions which cause evil suspicions among Christians and serve to harm the Church.'"
In summary, Jack Chick is a backer of some of the most obvious frauds, despite their being publicly ridiculed. Perhaps his burning desire to stamp out anything other than his own Christian beliefs has blinded him to these glaring falsehoods. In any event, Chick is easily the least reputable source of reliable information on religious groups that one is likely to encounter.
1. Chick, Jack: Sabotage, pg 20.
3. The Battle Cry, May/Jun 1990, pg. 4.
9. "Wicca: Seduction of the Innocents," "Battle Cry," May/June 1999."
10. "Soul Winners Use Their Imagination On Halloween," "Battle Cry," September/October 2001.
11. http://www.chick.com/seasonal/halloween/tractsuggestions.asp and http://www.chick.com/seasonal/halloween/halloweenletter.asp
12. Bewitched? 2000, Chick Publications.
14. The Nervous Witch, 2002, Chick Publications.
17. Boo! 1991, Chick Publications
20. Somebody Goofed. 2002, Chick Publications.
24. Party Girl. Chick Publications.
35. Chick Publications, The Death Cookie, pg 13.
36. ibid, pg 20.
41. Chick Publications, Exorcist, pg 23.
42. Chick Publications, Exorcists, pg 13.
43. Chick Publications Crusader Comic Vol 9, Angel of Light, pg 30.
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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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