Thursday, September 2, 2010

Jack Chick and Civil Rights

There's a new Jack Chick tract up. This tract is entitled "Stinky" and is about an eponymous demon assigned to go up to the surface for Halloween. Stinky is supposed to find a gift for Satan so that a higher a ranking demon, #3, hopes to use to get a higher position in the diabolical hierarchy. Unfortunately, school has just resumed, so I don't have the time to go discuss the tract in detail. And honestly, as Chick tracts go, it is pretty mediocre. We don't even have the grand Catholic conspiracy appearing in this one. The plot-line is slightly less coherent than usual which also may lend to the mediocrity.

However, just when I thought that Jack Chick might be losing his did stand out. At one point, Stinky is trying to get past an angel so he can continue to tempt some humans. Stinky cries out "I demand my Civil Rights!" to which the angel responds "That doesn't work here, Stinky!" (eccentric formatting as in in the original). As far as I can tell, Jack Chick is attempting to make some sort of political argument here along the lines of "civil rights are a demonic concept." I don't know what to say to that.

5 comments:

atimetorend said...

Have not read the tract yet, but sounds like it could be a rant against those liberal civil rights activists who persecute fundamentalists by taking away their God-given rights to school prayer, Prop-8, teach the controversy, etc.

Maybe yeah, it is a demonic concept then, because Stinky is accustomed to influencing liberals to use that card on earth.

TGP said...

It mostly reads like an infomercial for Jack's own tracts.

He's finally sold out!

Joshua said...

TGP, he's done that sort of thing before although not quite as blatantly. "Angels" has someone learn that they don't have to honor their deal with the devil from reading "The Contract."

Shalmo said...

I would like to see a poll done on how many people have actually converted to Christianity because of the "wisdom" in Chick's tracts.

As with Jacob Stein, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that he creates apostates rather than win converts.

Johan said...

Perhaps he manages to convert some Christians to his extreme form of Protestantism. I doubt someone completely non-Christian would find the tracts at all persuasive.