Jack Chick, creator of Chick Tracts, has passed away at the age of 92. While I cannot say I’m happy that a fellow human being has gone, I do feel a measure of relief that his brand of propaganda is over. Essentially the granddaddy of Satanic Panic, Chick’s comics targeted everyone from gays, to non-Christians, to anyone who didn’t subscribe exactly to his form of hardline Christianity.
In essence, Chick Tracts weren’t just a way to proselytize– they were a kind of wish-fulfillment revenge fantasy. As the article above says,
Jack Chick totally takes for granted that every party line his brand of Christianity teaches is absolutely and literally true to the nth degree, and in his work he can punish every single person who refuses to buy into his vision–and his god, by wild coincidence, absolutely agrees with and endorses every single one of his ideas.
Needless to say, witchcraft occasionally came up. In honor of the man’s passing, here are some of the laughably asinine fabrications about witches he saw fit to spread through his products:
I would take this opportunity to deconstruct some of Chick’s stereotyping and point out all of the fallacies (“the mind bondage spell?” Seriously? Also, how would someone fight a zombie in D&D while sitting alone? Did this dogg think even medium hard about any of the subjects he wrote about?), but I feel like that’s a level of attention that would lend them a credence they have not earned and do not deserve.
So godspeed, Mr. Chick. Sorry your life on Earth was so full of hatred, hopefully your passing will grant you some perspective.