November 13th, 2007

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I slam, you slam, we all slam for Islam

There's a new Chick Tract, and it's talking about Islam again. Man, can't Chick get any new topics? The interesting thing about this one is that it's part of the "black tract series," the idea behind which seems to be that black people aren't going to accept tracts starring poorly-drawn white people, so instead they'll get ones with black characters drafted by someone who can actually draw. That's not to say that there aren't still some weird-looking characters, though. Like, in that first panel, I think the guy way on the left might be Poseidon, which would explain why he's saying "fresh fish" instead of "fresh meat." And is that Medusa on the right in the second panel? I think this guy somehow ended up in a prison full of being from Greek mythology. And what is with the loving attention paid to drawing the muscles on these guys?

Panel 3: Should that guy's arm be able to twist that way? Or is it supposed to be an indication that it was broken in a prison riot?

Panel 14: Hey, I used to have a hat kind of like that. My grandparents bought it in Turkey. But I digress.

Panel 19: "I Spit on Your Religion"? Yeah, I remember that movie. And here we see Chick perpetuating the stereotype that all non-Christians (especially Muslims) are angry and belligerent pretty much all the time.

Panel 20: So the belief in and relation with a deity doesn't count as a religion? This isn't the first time Chick has put forth this argument, but I haven't heard it even from other fundamentalists (who generally seem more likely to do pretty much the opposite, and claim that atheism and evolution ARE religions). And that Bible verse he cites doesn't really relate to the issue. Perhaps he feels that, if Christianity isn't classed as a religion but simply as The Truth, it wouldn't be subject to the "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" bit in the First Amendment?

Panel 21: Ah, the moon god again! Can't have an Islam-bashing tract without that! I love how Chick is more than willing to point out the pagan roots of a competing religion, but ignores them in his own. And is this grandmother a Smiths fan? "In my life, why do I give valuable time to moon gods who don't care if I live or die?"

Panel 23: Someday I need to actually read the Qu'ran, and see how much of what Chick claims is in there actually is. I also should finish reading the Bible, but I KNOW a lot of the verses he takes from there are totally out of context.

Panels 24-25: The Bible might not have said Jesus was white, but that doesn't stop people, including Chick, from drawing him with Caucasian features. Really, I don't think I would be going out on a limb in assuming that both Jesus and Muhammad were semitic, which is considered white for the purpose of those affirmative action forms that they want you to fill out when applying for a job.

Panel 26: Hey, Jack is citing something he publishes as a source! I'm sure THAT'S trustworthy! And aren't there quite a few passages in the Bible that say it's okay to own slaves?

Panel 28: So it's documented somewhere that Muhammad's child bride played with dolls? And isn't this insulting to anyone who plays with dolls and ISN'T a little kid?

Panel 32: I do remember hearing back in college that Muslims believe Jesus was taken off the cross and replaced with a body double, sort of like when you save Crono from Lavos in Chrono Trigger. But I also learned that Islam considers Jesus to be one of the three most important prophets, which is a pretty far cry from denial.

Panel 35: Yes, you saw it here! People who convert from Christianity to Islam try to strangle their own grandmothers, while their wives look on helplessly!

Panel 39: He dies six months later? Was there even any sign anything was wrong with him? I guess it might have been a stress-related death, considering how angry he's been for the past several panels.

Panel 41: So he shows up before God dressed only in his Speedos? No wonder the Lord wasn't impressed!
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