Friday, March 5, 2010

'Death Cookie' Comic: Seemed Like a Good Idea At the Time?

In today's news:
"Anti-Catholic Leaflet Stirs Holy War in Tennessee Town"
FOXNews (March 5, 2010)

"A Baptist pastor in Tennessee says he now regrets that his church distributed an anti-Catholic leaflet that a local Catholic priest decried as 'hate material.'

Pastor Jonathan Hatcher, who leads Conner Heights Baptist Church in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has removed the inflammatory leaflet, 'The Death Cookie,' from his congregation. He says he will no longer distribute it.

'Looking back, I don't think it was the right tract to give out,' Hatcher told 'I have some others that wouldn't have been as offensive. But I will continue to spread the gospel - that's what I'm called by Christ to do. I’m still going to hand out tracts, but not "The Death Cookie." '

The illustrated leaflet, distributed since 1988 by California-based Chick Publications, features an ominous character with a snake around his neck who advises a man that he can control the world by establishing a false religion based upon worshipping a cookie. Upon taking the control of the cookie, the man becomes the 'papa' - a reference to the pope....
A sample from that (thought-provoking?) pamphlet/comic:

(Chick Publications, via, used w/o permission)

I suppose I could rail on about how awful this makes me feel and how demonic those Baptists are, or how everybody in Tennessee is Satanic: except the Catholics, who are all victims of something.

Not gonna happen.

Actually, what Chick publications is doing is fairly mild, compared to what a professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris, did in 2008:

That's a consecrated host with a nail through it, by the way. And my tax dollars at work, indirectly. Associate professor Paul Myers, who took the photo and put it online, is on the U. of M., Morris, payroll.

Since I'm a resident of Minnesota, a portion of what I pay in taxes goes to pay Paul Myers' salary, and that of the people who defend him. But that's another topic.

Since this is America, not India, what he did is protected by 'academic freedom,' as defined by some of the best and brightest (just ask them) in all the land. (More about India in "Jesus Christ, Beer, Tobacco, Idols and Indian Law" (February 22, 2010))

In Professor Myers' defense, he probably hasn't a clue about what he actually did. I think most Americans who aren't Catholics have no idea whatsoever as to what happens when the unleavened bread is consecrated.

The Secret of the Death Cookie

It's not a cookie, by the way: it's unleavened bread, prepared according to a recipe that was ancient when the first Caesar took over management of the Roman Republic. And it's no secret.

All too many Catholics, by now, may not really understand what's going on. The AmChurch has been doing a miserable job of teaching the young: another thing that's changing. There's a section in the Catechism of the Catholic Church that I recommend reading, if you're curious about the Host, Consecration, and Transubstantiation: The Sacrament of the Eucharist.

The link is to the Vatican's online Catechism of the Catholic Church, part of a website where you can read more of those "secret Vatican documents" that nobody's allowed to read - according to the more imaginative of the anti-Catholic crowd.

Be warned, though: the Vatican's website is just simply covered with Catholic cooties.

Pedophile Priests! Everybody KNOWS What Those Catholics Are Like!!!!

Yes. Some priests behaved badly. That was wrong. It wasn't right. The matter is being dealt with. It should have been dealt with earlier.

The pedophile priests weren't the first Catholics to do something bad, and they almost certainly won't be the last. We're human: individuals with free will, born from a fallen race.

Moving on.

'Everything I Don't Like is Satanic' and Other Quirks

'Those Catholics' and 'those people over there' in general can be upsetting to some folks. People who don't look exactly like the ones you grew up among, who don't talk exactly the same way, and who don't like the same sort of music that you do take getting used to.

Anybody who remembers the fifties and sixties - when rock music was 'Satanic' among the more self-assured "Christian" set - know how emotional people can get about something they don't like or understand. (More in "Emotions, the Frontal Cortex, The War on Terror, Anarchists, and the Illuminati," Another War-on-Terror Blog (December 23, 2008))

Maria Monk and Thomas Nast are history - but their heritage of ill-informed biased lives on. And no: I really do not think Baptists or Tennesseans have a monopoly on having kooks in their midst.

Aren't I Just a Little Upset?

I'd like to live in a world where people didn't make wild accusations, and where 'good Christians' didn't assume that everybody who isn't them is Satanic. While I'm fantasizing, I'd like to have a monthly income of about a million dollars, tax-free.

None of that is going to happen.

Of course I'm upset to learn about yet one more goofy bit of anti-Catholic bigotry. But it comes with the territory.

Besides, it was ignorant ranting like that "Death Cookie" comic that got me digging into the 'secrets' of the Catholic Church. And, after I found out who was really in charge, I signed up. Converted. (That story, part of it, is in "Firebase Earth" (April 5, 2009) )

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