You’re familiar with the creationist comics of Jack Chick, which you can read online from the links in this post: Creationist Comic Books. If you haven’t yet seen them, you really should. They’re classics — especially Big Daddy?
The hot news today is that Chick is offering two new comics. One doesn’t interest us — it’s typical Chick stuff about a kid who gets saved. You can see it here: Born Wild! The other is noteworthy because it’s so strange — even for Jack Chick. That one is Satan Comes To Salem, and that’s where we got the cheerful graphic atop this post. It’s not directly about creationism, but it concerns a related subject we’ve written about — the separation of church and state.
More than three years ago, in Salem and Philadelphia: A Tale of Two Cities we discussed the contrast between the insanity of the Salem witch trials and the genius of the American Revolution. The difference between Cotton Mather’s Salem and Ben Franklin’s Philadelphia was largely due to the Enlightenment’s influence, but it’s also likely that the memory of Salem helped to inform the attitude of the Founders. We said:
The advocates of mandatory creationism in government schools have much more in common with Cotton Mather than they do with Ben Franklin. They have pre-Enlightenment intellects, and would fit right in if they were living in Salem during the 1690s. It’s their great misfortune to be born in a far better age than the one for which they are suited.
Now it’s Jack Chick’s turn. What does he say about those abominable events in old Salem? Well, he doesn’t even mention the problem of commingling church and state. Apparently Chick sees nothing wrong with religious nut-cases wielding political power. Nor is it mentioned that the Puritans were totally whacked. Chick thinks they were fine folks. He tells his own version of the witchcraft trials in a painfully chaotic manner, and he informs us that the true villain was — the devil!
This is your chance to learn some American history from Jack Chick’s viewpoint. Go ahead, take a look. That’s how creationists think.
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