While very few people seem to have any objection to it, religious indoctrination is worst when it’s aimed at children. Children will instinctively accept most information from parents and teachers. In some ways, this is for good reason. But in other cases, that trust is clearly betrayed. Chick Publications has a comic strip that does a great job of illustrating this. In a comic strip called Birds and the Bees, author Jack T. Chick presents some truly scary ideas, apparently aimed directly at children. Here’s are some excerpts from the comic strip (click on the images if they’re hard to see – the facial expressions and homophobic imagery will make it worth it).
First, the setup:
Apparently, Satan is far more tolerant than God (as is evidenced by his not-so-attractive agents in the background). The teacher’s not looking all that great herself. If I didn’t know better, I’d say that she’s going to Hell for sure (although God loves her and really doesn’t want it to come to that). It gets far better. These children – whose education is unfairly restricted by laws – start to discover the “truth” for themselves…
There are so many comments to be made from just these few panels. First off, these children are learning (indirectly) from one girl’s grandfather. I think it’s same to assume that this guy isn’t the best source for objective information about morals (or even the Bible).
The fear element, to me, is both the most effective and the most offensive. Kids want to be good, right? And Hell is bad, of course. So, they must do whatever they can – no matter how immoral or unconscionable – to stay out of there. Note how much anger and hatred God seems to have. I don’t even need to get into the details of the paradoxes and logical contradictions here (God clearly created “the Gays”, and he’s awfully frustrated for someone who’s supposed to be all-powerful).
If you find yourself convinced by the comic strip, you should consider filling out the little form at the bottom of the page. For the rest of us, I guess we’ll have to keep supporting our Godless ways of tolerance, acceptance, and non-religious education.