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26th Mar '17 11:09:27 AM SoapheadChurch
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* Partly because of how Christianity is perceived in Japan, and the country's [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian low percentage of practicing Christians]], [[AnimeCatholicism you can usually expect this in any work based on or referencing Christian lore]]. At best, you can count on ChristianityIsCatholic, with a generous helping of CreepyCoolCrosses ''[[FauxSymbolism everywhere]]'', despite [[JesusTaboo no one ever mentioning Jesus]]. One particularly frequent mistake is NunsAreMikos.

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* Partly because of how Christianity is perceived in Japan, and the country's [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian low percentage of practicing Christians]], [[AnimeCatholicism you can usually expect this in any work based on or referencing Christian lore]]. At best, you can count on ChristianityIsCatholic, with a generous helping of CreepyCoolCrosses ''[[FauxSymbolism everywhere]]'', despite [[JesusTaboo no one ever mentioning Jesus]]. One particularly frequent mistake is NunsAreMikos. The sheer number of tropes that deal solely or mainly with fantasized portrayls of Christianity in Japanese media is a testament to this.



** [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1074/1074_01.asp Freemasons worship Baphomet]]. Putting aside that nobody has ever worshiped Baphomet [[note]]Baphomet is actually a phony pagan god that was invented as an excuse to prosecute the Knights Templar for devil worship. Some occultists used Baphomet as a symbolic representation, but never worshiped it as an actual god[[/note]], Freemasons tend to be Christians (but not Real, True Christians (TM) according to Jack Chick, of course). The only requirement to become a Freemason, in fact, is believing a higher power exists, though they don't get specific about it.

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** [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1074/1074_01.asp Freemasons worship Baphomet]]. Putting aside that nobody has ever worshiped Baphomet [[note]]Baphomet is actually a phony pagan god that was invented as an excuse to prosecute the Knights Templar for devil worship. Some occultists used Baphomet as a symbolic representation, representation (of God himself in most cases), but never worshiped it as an actual god[[/note]], Freemasons tend to be Christians (but not Real, True Christians (TM) according to Jack Chick, of course). The only requirement to become a Freemason, in fact, is believing a higher power exists, though they don't get specific about it. The whole plot is a lazy imitation of the infamous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxil_hoax Taxil Hoax]], where anti-Catholic French journalist Leo Taxil published a series of books with completely fraudulent and outrageous "exposés" about Freemasons to mock the Catholic Church's opposition to the group, including the claim that they worship Baphomet. Chick seems to have [[PoesLaw taken Taxil at face value]], despite the fact that he confessed to making the whole thing up.



** [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1031/1031_01.asp Allah is not God]]; he is some kind of Babylonian moon god that was left over after Muhammad threw all the other idols out of Mecca. It is true that Islam differs from Judaism and Christianity, but the lunar symbol is just that, merely a symbol (probably left over from Persian times). It wasn't even adopted until well into the ''1400s.'' Green color is more the Islamic symbol, but it's hard to spin that into hidden meanings. The reason it sounds convincing is that it's a half-truth. Also, the line right after is laughable:

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** [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1031/1031_01.asp Allah is not God]]; he is some kind of Babylonian moon god that was left over after Muhammad threw all the other idols out of Mecca. It The reason it sounds convincing is true that Islam differs from Judaism it's a half-truth: the pre-Islamic Arabs did house the idols of their gods at the Kaaba in Mecca, and Christianity, Muhammad did throw them out when he took over. They also did worship "Allah" alongside their other gods before Muhammad threw out the idols, but that was because their religion was a syncretic mix of traditional polytheism, Judaism, and Christianity. They still worshiped the Abrahamic God, or at least a vague creator god similar to him, they just tacked on their own gods alongside him and created a new pantheon and mythology. Also, the lunar symbol Chick gets crazy about is just that, merely a symbol (probably left over from Persian times). It wasn't even adopted until well into the ''1400s.'' ''1400s,'' and even then it was controversial within the Muslim world. Green color is more the Islamic symbol, but it's hard to spin that into hidden meanings. The reason it sounds convincing is that it's a half-truth. meanings. Also, the line right after is laughable:



*** He also cites Qu'ran Chapter 5, Verse 33 as a reason why he could kill the hero for saying that Allah is a moon god, when in fact it says no such thing.[[note]]The verse in question prescribes death as a possible punishment for "waging war"(yuhaaribun) against God, which both in Arabic and English connotes literal acts of violence. Insulting God by calling him a "moon god" is dealt with in other chapters, none of which give permission to kill the offender.[[/note]]

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*** He also cites Qu'ran Chapter 5, Verse 33 as a reason why he could kill the hero for saying that Allah is a moon god, when in fact it says no such thing.[[note]]The verse in question prescribes death as a possible punishment for "waging war"(yuhaaribun) war"(''yuhaaribun'') against God, which both in Arabic and English connotes literal acts of violence. Insulting God by calling him a "moon god" is dealt with in other chapters, none of which give permission to kill the offender.[[/note]]
14th Mar '17 10:06:26 PM DustSnitch
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*** [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0071/0071_01.asp The IHS on the host (communion wafers) are initials for the Egyptian gods Isis, Horus, and Seb/Geb]]. (They're actually the first three letters of {{Jesus}}' name in Romanized Greek.) Anyone with even rudimentary knowledge of Myth/EgyptianMythology can see how mind-bendingly laughable it is to connect Geb with Isis and Horus in a positive fashion.

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*** [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0071/0071_01.asp The IHS on the host (communion wafers) are initials for the Egyptian gods Isis, Horus, and Seb/Geb]]. (They're actually the first three letters of {{Jesus}}' UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}' name in Romanized Greek.) Anyone with even rudimentary knowledge of Myth/EgyptianMythology can see how mind-bendingly laughable it is to connect Geb with Isis and Horus in a positive fashion.



* ''Film/{{Religulous}}'' espouses the "Christ myth theory", claiming that {{Jesus}} was not a historical figure, but was actually based on the Egyptian god Horus. [[http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/6641 Neither claim is true]]. It's even been theorized that the film's thesis was based on the aforementioned ''Zeitgeist''.

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* ''Film/{{Religulous}}'' espouses the "Christ myth theory", claiming that {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} was not a historical figure, but was actually based on the Egyptian god Horus. [[http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/6641 Neither claim is true]]. It's even been theorized that the film's thesis was based on the aforementioned ''Zeitgeist''.
14th Mar '17 8:43:49 AM CosmicFerret
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* Partly because of how Christianity is perceived in Japan, and the country's [[JapaneseChristian low percentage of practicing Christians]], [[AnimeCatholicism you can usually expect this in any work based on or referencing Christian lore]]. At best, you can count on ChristianityIsCatholic, with a generous helping of CreepyCoolCrosses ''[[FauxSymbolism everywhere]]'', despite [[JesusTaboo no one ever mentioning Jesus]]. One particularly frequent mistake is NunsAreMikos.

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* Partly because of how Christianity is perceived in Japan, and the country's [[JapaneseChristian [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseChristian low percentage of practicing Christians]], [[AnimeCatholicism you can usually expect this in any work based on or referencing Christian lore]]. At best, you can count on ChristianityIsCatholic, with a generous helping of CreepyCoolCrosses ''[[FauxSymbolism everywhere]]'', despite [[JesusTaboo no one ever mentioning Jesus]]. One particularly frequent mistake is NunsAreMikos.
12th Mar '17 4:06:22 PM SoapheadChurch
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* In Mexico, there is a common PSA for a children's illness organization depicting the LittlestCancerPatient as an angel. The text translates to English roughly as, "We want no more angels in Heaven; we need them down here." It's probably supposed to mean "we don't want dead kids, we want them to live" and they are using angel in the "cute" sense, but this is a serious misunderstanding of Catholic and Christian dogma. While there is a rank in the hierarchy of angels called "Powers", which are made up of human souls who were "made perfect by their righteousness," they're technically not angels, just drafted human souls.
** Then again, the apocryphal "Book of Enoch" and many of the earliest Kabbalist writings believed the angel Metatron is actually the Prophet Enoch transformed, while Sandalphon is the Prophet Elijah, suggesting that dead humans ''do'' become angels, at least sometimes. In any case, belief that equates dead children with angels is actually quite widespread [[SadlyMythtaken folk theology]] in Catholic countries, and Mexico does have an overwhelming Catholic majority - and the PSA is not presumably primarily aimed at trained theologians.
** And if they have actually read the [[Literature/TheBible source material]], they'd probably think twice before saying they need them down here, since [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels are weird in a sense]].

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* In Mexico, there is a common PSA for a children's illness organization depicting the LittlestCancerPatient as an angel. The text translates to English roughly as, "We want no more angels in Heaven; we need them down here." It's probably supposed to mean "we don't want dead kids, we want them to live" and they are using angel in the "cute" sense, but this is a serious misunderstanding of Catholic and Christian dogma. While there is a rank in the hierarchy of angels called "Powers", which are made up of human souls who were "made perfect by their righteousness," they're technically not angels, just drafted human souls.
** Then again, the apocryphal "Book of Enoch" and many of the earliest Kabbalist writings believed the angel Metatron is actually the Prophet Enoch transformed, while Sandalphon is the Prophet Elijah, suggesting that dead humans ''do'' become angels, at least sometimes. In any case, belief that equates dead children with angels is actually quite widespread [[SadlyMythtaken folk theology]] in Catholic countries, and Mexico does have an overwhelming Catholic majority - and the PSA is not presumably primarily aimed at trained theologians.
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souls. And if they have actually read the [[Literature/TheBible source material]], they'd probably think twice before saying they need them down here, since [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels are weird in a sense]].sense]]. In fairness, however, some Biblical apocrypha suggests that there are some humans who ''have'' become angels[[note]]the apocryphal "Book of Enoch" and many of the earliest Kabbalist writings believed the angel Metatron is actually the Prophet Enoch transformed, while Sandalphon is the Prophet Elijah[[/note]], and in any case, belief that equates dead children with angels is actually quite widespread [[SadlyMythtaken folk theology]] in Catholic countries like Mexico.
8th Mar '17 3:24:25 PM SoapheadChurch
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* In the episode "The Road to the Multiverse" Stewie and Brian traveled to a universe where Christianity never existed. The world is considerably more advanced than our world. Their justification for this was if Christianity was gone there would be no "Dark Ages". Too make a long story short while Christianity isn't completely blameless, to say that Christianity alone caused the Dark Ages is just plain wrong.
*** Taken one step further for a joke about how, without Christianity, Michelangelo's inspired paintings of the Sistine Chapel would be replaced by the art of John Hinckley. How did no one realize that the Sistine Chapel is a Christian church? (never mind that Michelangelo based many of his figures on ancient Greek carvings)

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* ** In the episode "The Road to the Multiverse" Stewie and Brian traveled to a universe where Christianity never existed. The world is considerably more advanced than our world. Their justification for this was if Christianity was gone there would be no "Dark Ages". Too make a long story short while Christianity isn't completely blameless, to say that Christianity alone caused This is wrong on two counts. First, the Dark Ages is just plain wrong.
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a general term for the time between the fall of the Roman Empires and the Late Middle Ages, not a period of religiously-motivated intellectual stagnation (indeed most historians have stopped calling it "The Dark Ages" for exactly that reason). Second, most of the progress made in science and philosophy during that time period was made by clerics and the Church generally, largely due to it being one of the few institutions to survive the fall of the the Empire. Saying that the world would have made 1000 years progress in technology is a silly statement to make anyway, which [[RuleOfFunny may well have been the intention.]]
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Taken one step further for a joke about how, without Christianity, Michelangelo's inspired paintings of the Sistine Chapel would be replaced by the art of John Hinckley. How did no one realize that the Sistine Chapel is a Christian church? (never mind that Michelangelo based many of his figures on ancient Greek carvings)
28th Feb '17 12:25:27 PM FireBoss
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*In the episode "The Road to the Multiverse" Stewie and Brian traveled to a universe where Christianity never existed. The world is considerably more advanced than our world. Their justification for this was if Christianity was gone there would be no "Dark Ages". Too make a long story short while Christianity isn't completely blameless, to say that Christianity alone caused the Dark Ages is just plain wrong.
*** Taken one step further for a joke about how, without Christianity, Michelangelo's inspired paintings of the Sistine Chapel would be replaced by the art of John Hinckley. How did no one realize that the Sistine Chapel is a Christian church? (never mind that Michelangelo based many of his figures on ancient Greek carvings)
27th Feb '17 1:20:43 PM SoapheadChurch
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** [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1074/1074_01.asp Freemasons worship Baphomet]]. In reality, Freemasons tend to be Christians (but not Real, True Christians (TM) according to Jack Chick, of course). The only requirement to become a Freemason, in fact, is believing a higher power exists, though they don't get specific about it.

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** [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1074/1074_01.asp Freemasons worship Baphomet]]. In reality, Putting aside that nobody has ever worshiped Baphomet [[note]]Baphomet is actually a phony pagan god that was invented as an excuse to prosecute the Knights Templar for devil worship. Some occultists used Baphomet as a symbolic representation, but never worshiped it as an actual god[[/note]], Freemasons tend to be Christians (but not Real, True Christians (TM) according to Jack Chick, of course). The only requirement to become a Freemason, in fact, is believing a higher power exists, though they don't get specific about it.
24th Feb '17 9:23:33 AM DustSnitch
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* Invoked and PlayedForLaughs in ''Creator/MontyPython'''s the Last Supper sketch, in which Michelangelo invokes artistic license in his defense after painting a Last Supper with 28 disciples, a kangaroo and three Christs. The commissioner (the pope) is altogether less than pleased.

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* Invoked and PlayedForLaughs in ''Creator/MontyPython'''s the Last Supper sketch, in which Michelangelo invokes artistic license in his defense after painting a Last Supper ''Art/TheLastSupper'' with 28 disciples, a kangaroo and three Christs. The commissioner (the pope) is altogether less than pleased.
22nd Feb '17 5:36:23 PM SoapheadChurch
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-> "At 25, he had married Khadija, a wealthy '''Catholic''' widow who was 40 years old...

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22nd Feb '17 5:35:46 PM SoapheadChurch
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---> "At 25, he had married Khadija, a wealthy '''Catholic''' widow who was 40 years old...

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