Jack Chick’s newest effort shows him back and nuttier than ever, with all the usual motifs:
[li]Rational thinkers are presented as intolerant, deceitful, and physically hideous.[/li][li]Conversely, the brave little Christian is noble, pure, and cute as a basket of puppies[/li][li]The pattern of human evolution is distorted into a ludicrously inaccurate strawman[/li][li]Science is presented as rigid dogma, omitting the use of evidence or testing of hypotheses[/li][li]And, of course, Jack uses the Excluded Middle fallacy to force the reader into a false choice between evolution and religious faith[/li][/ul]
I find it so fascinating that Chick completely misunderstands the nature of science. He seems to regard science as a competing dogma–(“If I tell you we came from apes, I expect you to believe me, right?”)–rather than as a heuristic process. What’s sad is that Chick’s deliberate lies and distortions are able to deceive people who haven’t had the benefit of studying biology.
Jack Chick is so sad. All he understands is what he was taught and how he was taught, and thinks all the world is like that. He undoubtedly had “Biblical Truth” pounded into him at an early age and therefore assumes these “wrong-thinking scientists” must teach their “religion” in the same way.
I remember a conversation between my dad and a friend of his at an early age concerning semantics. He had remarked that a particular group of people were not just ignorant of the facts of a particular position, they were militantly so, rejecting out-of-hand any evidence to the contrary. Sometimes violently.
“You know,” he said, “you see that so much, we need a word for that – a word for ‘militantly ignorant’.”
“There’s a perfectly good English word for that. It’s called ‘stupid’.”
What’s with Suzy’s skunk hair? Doesn’t she know that people who dye their hair weird colors go to hell?
Someone needs to tell Chick that two people talking to each other just simply do not say each other’s name every three seconds. Timmy’s backpack is so retro. Jack is such in tune with young people these days.
This isn’t even much of an anti-evolution screed when you really look at it; it just uses that as a pretext for some pretty standard fundamentalist witnessing. There’s just not enough vitriol in this one to make it interesting.