Nuggets of Wisdom

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Nightly Frights: Boo! Chick Tract

And now for something truly terrifying: Christian propaganda!

If you grew up in a fundamentalist Christian setting like I did, chances are you're familiar with Chick tracts. They're those creepy little pamphlets that trick you into thinking you're reading a comic book until you realize you're actually reading a gospel tract.

They were often passed out during Halloween, especially during trick or treat. So if you were unfortunate enough to grace the doorsteps of an evangelical Christian family, chances are you were given one of these rather than candy.

Makes Charlie Brown getting rocks seem envious by comparison.

I'm kidding, of course! These tracts were awesome! As a kid, I loved reading them, and even to this day I still enjoy them. And truth be told, I actually consider some of them to be very effective witnessing tools. Because seriously, which would you rather endure: listening to five-minutes of a stranger talking to you about Jesus, or reading a comic book that scares the crap out of you?

However, even as a kid, I considered some of these comics to be rather farfetched, especially the more "serious" ones dealing with pop culture and politics. If anything, they only infer than the creator Jack Chick is one of those survivalists camping out in a secret bunker somewhere listening to Alex Jones waiting for the inevitable downfall of society.

Especially insane were the Halloween tracts that discussed the "evils" of the holiday, how it's Satan's holiday that pagans celebrate (even though it was originally a Christian holiday) by sacrificing cats and poisoning children with tainted Halloween candy.

How ironic is it that these were the comics most distributed during Halloween. Sort of sends mixed messages from the Christian families handing them out: "Happy Halloween, children. Don't celebrate it! It's Satan's holiday!"

And speaking of which, the following is one of those Halloween comics, "Boo!"

This comic rips a page from Friday the 13th by telling the story of a bunch of college students who rent out a cabin for Halloween to worship Satan (because that's what all the cool kids are doing), only for the red man himself to come a knocking.

Click here to read the rest of the tract. It's mostly an abridged (and inaccurate) history of the roots of the Halloween holiday, so if you're into that sort of stuff, by all means, click away.