Response to Chick 3A Response To Jack Chick's The Trick
By Darren Blair
For decades now, people have been linking Halloween to the occult and Satanism. Parents cringe in fear and forbid their kids from going outside lest those kids wind up hurt or dead. Hell houses abound showing people highly distorted images of whatever groups the people operating them hate. All in all, Halloween has gotten a bad rep.
This tract here may well be a large part of the reason for it. Although first published in 1986, well after the Halloween hype had been going on, the proliferation of Chick Tracts has helped keep the issue in the spotlight.
The tract begins with a group of occult types (Satanists?) declaring that as Halloween is coming, they need to step up their efforts to seduce children into worshipping and serving Satan, as well as to procure human sacrifices. Chick spends an entire eight panels just showing them getting their poisoned and trapped
Pixie HitsPixie Hits
Ever get tired of hearing just how evil Halloween is? Ever wish that people would just shut up so that you and your friends can get to the good stuff? Well, heres a new little game for you to play. Better still, its fun for the whole family!
*1 or more bags of Willy Wonka © brand Pixy Stix or similar
*A high tolerance for sugar
1. Obtain a quantity of Pixy Stix or similar for each participant.
2. Whenever you hear someone rant about how evil Halloween is, open up a Stix and eat it. Preferably in front of the person doing the ranting.
3. Repeat as needed until the person quiets down, runs out of steam, or you run out of Stix.
4. The game is over when someone gets sick from the sugar or all participants are out of Stix.
Response to Heinze 1OK, Chris.....
(Chapter 4) "Answers to My Mormon Friends," ©2001 by Thomas F. Heinze
Quote retained for posterity, as when I have time I will most likely host this rebuttal elsewhere.
Which was Joseph Smith...A Prophet of God? Or a Fraud? Since the eternal destiny of Mormons rests upon the life and teachings of this one man, it is critical that the facts be presented so the question can be correctly answered.
This is quite ironic, as the church holds that anyone, regardless of religion, stands an equal chance of getting into Heaven so long as they lived a good, righteous life.
Joseph Smith was born on December 23, 1805. The Encyclopedia Britannica describes his early years: "He was a literate but unschooled lad from a large family, and his neighbors at Palmyra, N.Y. remembered him as a diviner who dug for buried treasure."1
Already I'm noting a few issues.
1. The Britannica fails to mention that treasure seeking was a common endeavour in that time and place, as the Burned-Over Dis
Lay Your Burden On MeLay your burden on me.
Tell me your problems. Lay your burdens on me. These old bones won't break so easily. They'll hold my weight and yours.
Feel free to tell me your troubles. We can talk as long as you need to. It's not like I really sleep as it is.
Don't worry about crying into my chest. Tears won't harm anything so long as you don't keep them inside.
Then when you're done, I still won't leave you. I'll carry you off, tuck you into bed, and sing you to sleep. Have pleasant dreams; I'm on guard tonight.
I know the pain and misery; life's been rough on me as well. That's why we need to cherish those moments that are special. Cherish your dreams. Cherish your goals. Never forget who and what you are. Never forget that you have someone out there standing behind you.
I've seen my own blood. I've faced my own fears. I've taken many a sling and arrow that would have slain another. I've been through that tunnel and found the light at the end. Let me try to guide you.
Lay your burdens on m