History ComicBook / ChickTracts

4th Mar '17 3:21:38 PM Sammettik
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** It's frequently pointed out by riffers that despite His supposed omnipotence, Chick's interpretation of God actually appears to be bound by His own rules. God frequently mentions how much He hates having to send people to Hell, but nevertheless seems unable to make the qualifications for getting into Heaven more lenient. He's also presented as unable to save people directly without sending down Jesus as a sacrifice on their behalf, which also contradicts omnipotence.
18th Feb '17 9:11:24 PM Discord_and_Dine
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** The teacher in "Big Daddy?" instantly flies off the handle when one student announces that he doesn't believe in evolution.
13th Feb '17 2:09:33 PM CyberController
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This is extremely common in Chick's tracks. People can go from staunchly anti-Christian beliefs to devout believers with a few minutes of conversation with a Chick-like Christian. Averted in many cases when this fails, but when this succeeds, it doesn't need much effort.

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This **This is extremely common in Chick's tracks. People can go from staunchly anti-Christian beliefs to devout believers with a few minutes of conversation with a Chick-like Christian. Averted in many cases when this fails, but when this succeeds, it doesn't need much effort.
12th Feb '17 10:02:20 AM Market43Fan
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The race car drivers at the center of the plot for "[[http://www.chick.com/m/reading/tracts/readtract.asp?stk=1022 The Wall]]" are barely disguised stand-ins for UsefulNotes/DaleEarnhardt and Jeff Gordon.
10th Feb '17 7:43:44 PM SoapheadChurch
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* AncientConspiracy: Apparently, the Catholic Church has a [[MagicalComputer computer database]] with the name of ''every Protestant in the world'' so that when Catholics TakeOverTheWorld they'll kill them all. Also, the Catholic Church manipulated Mohammed into creating "the Islam religion" (which includes Catholics on the list of people to convert), instigated UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar and then caused the assassination of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy (despite the latter being Catholic), formed TheKlan (despite the UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan's anti-Catholic origins), created Communism (despite its famous anti-religion views including being against Catholicism) and were responsible for UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust (which included Catholic victims) among other, just as stupid, things.

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* AncientConspiracy: AncientConspiracy:
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Apparently, the Catholic Church has a [[MagicalComputer computer database]] with the name of ''every Protestant in the world'' so that when Catholics TakeOverTheWorld they'll kill them all. Also, the Catholic Church manipulated Mohammed into creating "the Islam religion" (which includes Catholics on the list of people to convert), instigated UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar and then caused the assassination of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy (despite the latter being Catholic), formed TheKlan (despite the UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan's anti-Catholic origins), created Communism (despite its famous anti-religion views including being against Catholicism) and were responsible for UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust (which included Catholic victims) among other, just as stupid, things.



* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: People who are Sikhs, Satanists, North Koreans, witches, atheists and... archaeologists.
** The crimes against God in ''This Was Your Life'' include theft, whoremongering, and whispering.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Among many other examples, the Roman emperor Constantine the Great, not Saint Peter, is said to have been the first Pope. There was, in fact, a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Constantine Pope Constantine,]] but he was neither the first Pope nor the Emperor of the same name.
** While Constantine was obviously never a pope, pretty much every non Catholic Christian also rejects the idea that Peter was viewed by the early Church in any way similar to the modern conception of a Pope. The Apostles seem to have been viewed as a sort of collective authority in early Christian tradition, and the biblical book of Acts records an incident where Peter was corrected and essentially called a hypocrite at the Council of Jerusalem. On top of this Paul seems to have had more influence over the development of Christian theology than Peter ever did, and they are recorded as openly disagreeing over theoogical issues.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Quoted very often--but only the King James Version (all other translations are allegedly the work of {{Satan}} himself, with the help of a massive [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0031/0031_01.asp Jesuit conspiracy]], you see). Whether the quotes are presented with [[ItMakesSenseInContext due regard to context]] is another question.
** A common one is quoting Luke 12:20 ("Thou fool, this night thy soul will be required of thee") whenever someone is doomed to go to Hell.

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: People who are Sikhs, Satanists, North Koreans, witches, atheists and... archaeologists. \n** The crimes against God in ''This Was Your Life'' include theft, whoremongering, and whispering.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Among many other examples, the Roman emperor Constantine the Great, not Saint Peter, is said to have been the first Pope. There was, in fact, a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Constantine Pope Constantine,]] but he was neither the first Pope nor the Emperor of the same name. \n** While In this case, it may simply be a theological dispute than a case of willful ignorance: while Constantine was obviously never a pope, pretty much every non Catholic Christian also rejects the idea that Peter was viewed either. Chick takes it a step further by claiming that the early Church in any way similar papacy is the successor to the modern conception of a Pope. The Apostles seem to have been viewed as a sort of collective authority in early Christian tradition, and the biblical book of Acts records an incident where Peter was corrected and essentially called a hypocrite at the Council of Jerusalem. On top of this Paul seems to have had more influence over the development of Christian theology Roman Emperor rather than Peter ever did, and they are recorded as openly disagreeing over theoogical issues.
the Apostles. He's still got his facts wrong, however.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Quoted very often--but only the King James Version (all other translations are allegedly the work of {{Satan}} himself, with the help of a massive [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0031/0031_01.asp Jesuit conspiracy]], you see). Whether the quotes are presented with [[ItMakesSenseInContext due regard to context]] is another question.
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question. A common one is quoting Luke 12:20 ("Thou fool, this night thy soul will be required of thee") whenever someone is doomed to go to Hell.



* BadassNormal: The priest in The Traitor gets attacked by a bunch of demons and ''[[TooSpicyForYogSothoth Kali, the Hindu death god]]'' and lives.
** Also the girl in First Bite wards off (with Jesus's help of course) the vampire with zero effort, knocking him across the room.

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* BadassNormal: The priest in The Traitor gets attacked by a bunch of demons and ''[[TooSpicyForYogSothoth Kali, the Hindu death god]]'' and lives.
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lives. Also the girl in First Bite wards off (with Jesus's help of course) the vampire with zero effort, knocking him across the room.



* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Everybody but born again Christians are damned to eternal torture, regardless of whether they were actually decent people or not. Join Jack's denomination, or God hates you. Gotcha.
** It's frequently pointed out by riffers that despite His supposed omnipotence, Chick's interpretation of God actually appears to be bound by His own rules. God frequently mentions how much He hates having to send people to Hell, but nevertheless seems unable to make the qualifications for getting into Heaven more lenient. He's also presented as unable to save people directly without sending down Jesus as a sacrifice on their behalf, which also contradicts omnipotence.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Everybody but born again Christians are damned to eternal torture, regardless of whether they were actually decent people or not. Join Jack's denomination, or God hates you. Gotcha.\n** It's frequently pointed out by riffers that despite His supposed omnipotence, Chick's interpretation of God actually appears to be bound by His own rules. God frequently mentions how much He hates having to send people to Hell, but nevertheless seems unable to make the qualifications for getting into Heaven more lenient. He's also presented as unable to save people directly without sending down Jesus as a sacrifice on their behalf, which also contradicts omnipotence.



* {{Catchphrase}}: "Hi there!" -- TheGrimReaper.

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* {{Catchphrase}}: {{Catchphrase}}:
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"Hi there!" -- TheGrimReaper.



* {{Doublethink}}: In this [[TheVerse Verse]], Fundamentalist Christianity is not only true, but a very obvious truth. Some characters who understand this at heart still choose not to believe in it, instead embracing whatever false teachings that will be good for their career and social life. In some cases this is merely playing along with the lies, but in others they appear to honestly believe in them.
** Several tracts have people openly acknowledging that they are following "false gods."

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* {{Doublethink}}: In this [[TheVerse Verse]], Fundamentalist Christianity is not only true, but a very obvious truth. Some characters who understand this at heart still choose not to believe in it, instead embracing whatever false teachings that will be good for their career and social life. In some cases this is merely playing along with the lies, but in others they appear to honestly believe in them.
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them. Also, several tracts have people openly acknowledging that they are following "false gods."



* EasilyForgiven: Quite a few people who change their ways upon being converted, especially abusive parents or spouses (Ahmed in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1058/1058_01.asp Is Allah Like You?]]", Roy Davis in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1001/1001_01.asp The Secret]]", and Henry Walker in "Lisa").

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* EasilyForgiven: EasilyForgiven:
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Quite a few people who change their ways upon being converted, especially abusive parents or spouses (Ahmed in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1058/1058_01.asp Is Allah Like You?]]", Roy Davis in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1001/1001_01.asp The Secret]]", and Henry Walker in "Lisa").



** This is extremely common in Chick's tracks. People can go from staunchly anti-Christian beliefs to devout believers with a few minutes of conversation with a Chick-like Christian. Averted in many cases when this fails, but when this succeeds, it doesn't need much effort.

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** This is extremely common in Chick's tracks. People can go from staunchly anti-Christian beliefs to devout believers with a few minutes of conversation with a Chick-like Christian. Averted in many cases when this fails, but when this succeeds, it doesn't need much effort.



* FanFilm: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38KzV1fk1x4 Hot Chicks]]'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfbTHIu0LbM here]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVi4TacysKc here]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAo0U5WZjrQ here]].
** Since some of the above have been removed, ''Hot Chicks'' 1-5 can be found here: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyeIhGgnwnE& 1]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBrF9HstDy8& 2]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k-Sog8YLkE& 3]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuXxC3mEtHI& 4]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDu7U2OvcR0& 5]]

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* FanFilm: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38KzV1fk1x4 Hot Chicks]]'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfbTHIu0LbM here]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVi4TacysKc here]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAo0U5WZjrQ here]].
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here]]. Since some of the above have been removed, ''Hot Chicks'' 1-5 can be found here: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyeIhGgnwnE& 1]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBrF9HstDy8& 2]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k-Sog8YLkE& 3]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuXxC3mEtHI& 4]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDu7U2OvcR0& 5]]



* FelonyMisdemeanor: Apart from the straight examples it is also inverted when portraying [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0004/0004_01.asp the reactions of the friends and family of the newly converted]]. And apparently, [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0057/0057_01.asp learning that a Christian is praying for them]] acts as a BerserkButton for non-Christians.
** As noted earlier, even Satan occasionally screws up. In this case, he was probably planning to have his character commit some more "spectacular wickedness" (as [[TheScrewtapeLetters Screwtape]] would put it) and corrupt the people around him before harvesting his soul.
** Type 3 comes into play, as according to Chick, trying to witness to others often gets you sued, prosecuted or killed.

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* FelonyMisdemeanor: Apart from the straight examples it is also inverted when portraying [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0004/0004_01.asp the reactions of the friends and family of the newly converted]]. And apparently, [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0057/0057_01.asp learning that a Christian is praying for them]] acts as a BerserkButton for non-Christians.
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non-Christians. As noted earlier, even Satan occasionally screws up. In this case, he was probably planning to have his character commit some more "spectacular wickedness" (as [[TheScrewtapeLetters Screwtape]] would put it) and corrupt the people around him before harvesting his soul.
** Type 3 comes into play, as
soul. And of course, according to Chick, trying to witness to others often gets you sued, prosecuted or killed.



* ForTheEvulz: Aside from the protagonist of any given tract, supporting characters with a viewpoint that opposes Chick's are quite often very happily aware that their religion, belief, ''etc.'' has been planted by the Devil. More often than not these characters are intentionally out to inflict some form of harm on the other characters of the tract. (In several cases, the supporting characters are flat-out demons in disguise.)
** It's also implied that the upper echelons of the Catholic Church (at least, the Chickverse Catholic Church) are fully aware they serve Satan and just don't care because they believe he'll reward them in the afterlife.

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* ForTheEvulz: Aside from the protagonist of any given tract, supporting characters with a viewpoint that opposes Chick's are quite often very happily aware that their religion, belief, ''etc.'' has been planted by the Devil. More often than not these characters are intentionally out to inflict some form of harm on the other characters of the tract. (In several cases, the supporting characters are flat-out demons in disguise.)
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) It's also implied that the upper echelons of the Catholic Church (at least, the Chickverse Catholic Church) are fully aware they serve Satan and just don't care because they believe he'll reward them in the afterlife.



* TheGrimReaper: Originally appeared in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0076/0076_01.asp Hi There!]]" "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1041/1041_01.asp Moving on Up!]]" also gives him a cameo:

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* TheGrimReaper: TheGrimReaper:
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Originally appeared in "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0076/0076_01.asp Hi There!]]" "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1041/1041_01.asp Moving on Up!]]" also gives him a cameo:



* KarmaHoudini: While neither abuser in "Lisa" is shown going to jail, the neighbor is an even better example. The VillainProtagonist father, at least, gets scared badly enough to contemplate suicide, not only because he might go to jail, but because everyone's going to know what he's done. The neighbor, who also helped make things even worse for him by blackmailing him, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse simply disappears at the end]] without explanation.

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* KarmaHoudini: KarmaHoudini:
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While neither abuser in "Lisa" is shown going to jail, the neighbor is an even better example. The VillainProtagonist father, at least, gets scared badly enough to contemplate suicide, not only because he might go to jail, but because everyone's going to know what he's done. The neighbor, who also helped make things even worse for him by blackmailing him, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse simply disappears at the end]] without explanation.



* LesCollaborateurs: Paul in "The Last Generation".
** Overlaps with EtTuBrute, as he is Connie's brother.

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* LesCollaborateurs: Paul in "The Last Generation".
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Generation". Overlaps with EtTuBrute, as he is Connie's brother.
22nd Jan '17 7:40:11 AM Mimic1990
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* AllHallowsEve: [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0058/0058_01.asp "Boo!"]] It's {{Satan}}'s birthday, so he's liable to crash your party while wielding a {{chainsaw|Good}} and wearing a [[{{Narm}} pumpkin on his head]]. Surprise!

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* AllHallowsEve: [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0058/0058_01.asp "Boo!"]] It's {{Satan}}'s birthday, birthday[[note]]Sort of. The tract does recognize that it isn't; Satan was created in Heaven before the Earth, the Sun, and the calendar existed so technically he doesn't have a birthday. But Satan calls it his birthday anyway, and the tract implies it does hold some special meaning for him.[[/note]] so he's liable to crash your party while wielding a {{chainsaw|Good}} and wearing a [[{{Narm}} pumpkin on his head]]. Surprise!
17th Jan '17 11:11:13 AM HamburgerTime
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* PetTheDog: Despite the massive amounts of bigotry towards other religions, beliefs, and sexual orientations, Chick dislikes racism. Some strips have even been rewritten for a black audience.

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* PetTheDog: PetTheDog:
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Despite the massive amounts of bigotry towards other religions, beliefs, and sexual orientations, Chick dislikes racism. Some strips have even been rewritten for a black audience.


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** Chick also did not appear to be a Dominionist, a believer that secular governments should be overthrown for Christian theocracies, which is also a somewhat common position among the American Christian far-right. Chick praises the U.S. Constitution in several tracts, and while he takes the position that ''all'' human societies suck in comparison to the utopia Jesus will establish upon His Second Coming, people should respect their secular governments until that happens naturally and absolutely not try to speed up the process.
25th Dec '16 10:08:10 PM FredMSloniker
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** Now with [[http://derpicdn.net/media/W1siZiIsIjIwMTIvMDYvMTgvMjNfNTNfNTZfNDc1Xzg3MTZfX3R3aWxpZ2h0X3NwYXJrbGVfZmx1dHRlcnNoeV9pbmtpZV9waWVfYmxpbmtpZV9waWVfY2x5ZGVfcGllX2NoaWNrX3RyYWN0Il1d/8716__safe_twilight-sparkle_fluttershy_princess-celestia_comic_inkie-pie_blinkie-pie_clyde-pie_bible_artist-pierrezaius_chick-tract.png Ponies!]]

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** Now with [[http://derpicdn.net/media/W1siZiIsIjIwMTIvMDYvMTgvMjNfNTNfNTZfNDc1Xzg3MTZfX3R3aWxpZ2h0X3NwYXJrbGVfZmx1dHRlcnNoeV9pbmtpZV9waWVfYmxpbmtpZV9waWVfY2x5ZGVfcGllX2NoaWNrX3RyYWN0Il1d/8716__safe_twilight-sparkle_fluttershy_princess-celestia_comic_inkie-pie_blinkie-pie_clyde-pie_bible_artist-pierrezaius_chick-tract.png [[https://www.derpibooru.org/8716 Ponies!]]
25th Dec '16 2:02:47 PM Smeagol17
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In other words, this setting is a very dark fantasy world, comparable to ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', although with less graphic violence (and with a bit of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' thrown in). Unlike Games Workshop, however, the people behind chick.com seem to believe their own message. Some people [[PoesLaw insist that it must be some kind of parody]]. However, Jack Chick himself has given one interview where he claims to be totally serious. Honest or not, he does seem to make a lot of money from people who buy large quantities of his tracts with their own money and then hand them out free of charge to friends and random strangers in the hope that this act will eventually spare a few souls from the horrors of hell.

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In other words, this setting is a very dark fantasy world, comparable to ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', although with less graphic violence (and with a bit of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' thrown in). Unlike Games Workshop, however, the people behind chick.com seem to believe their own message. Some people [[PoesLaw insist that it must be some kind of parody]]. However, Jack Chick himself has given one interview where he claims to be totally serious. Honest or not, he does did seem to make a lot of money from people who buy large quantities of his tracts with their own money and then hand them out free of charge to friends and random strangers in the hope that this act will eventually spare a few souls from the horrors of hell.
24th Nov '16 1:15:39 PM rjd1922
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* EveryoneHasStandards: "Lisa" was the only comic that was pulled by Jack Chick, since the "moral" of the tale was apparently, [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Jack_Chick "Remember: raping your children is fine as long as you accept Jesus as your personal savior! And it only takes 10 minutes!"]]
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