Chick or treat? 3-year-old gets controversial tracts for Halloween
The family of a 3-year-old in Hespeler, Ontario, is upset that the girl was given a couple of the controversial evangelical comic tracts during a night of trick-or-treating.
“Anyone thinking that a 3-year-old Princess Rapunzel … needs to be subjected to pictures of cruelty and violence on any day, let alone [Halloween] – a day for kids to be kids – is pretty shameful,” the girl’s father Rod Murray told the Kitchener Record.
One of the booklets lil’ Rapunzel was handed was “Somebody Loves Me,” which depicts a child beaten with a club by his alcoholic father and thrown out of the house. While sleeping in an alley, the gravely injured boy is told by a passerby that “Jesus loves you” before he dies and his carried off by an angel. The other is more difficult to figure out from the article’s description, but it apparently involves people — possibly Adam and Eve among them — covered in sores. In other words, comic tailor-made for a 3-year-old.
Given the number of Chick Publications’ tracts devoted to Halloween, it’s surprising the girl didn’t receive something a little more seasonal, or at least culturally relevant, like the relatively new “The Walking Dead?”
Founded by reclusive evangelical cartoonist Jack T. Chick, Chick Publications claims to have distributed more than 750 million comic books, comic tracts, videos and other materials warning of the supposed dangers of topics ranging from Catholicism and Freemasonry to Harry Potter and homosexuality.
“Masquerading such images as a message of love couldn’t be more flawed,” Linda Garneau, Murray’s sister-in-law, told The Record. “Halloween should not be a political or evangelical event, let it remain a celebration for those little ones among us who still believe in unicorns and supermen.”