Respectful Insolence

A fresh Jack Chick tract!

The Secular Outpost informs me of the existence of a brand new Jack Chick tract. I don’t know if it truly is new or not, but it does have its copyright listed as 2007. This time around, Jack is explaining why the dinosaurs really died out. (Hint: It wasn’t some big nasty meteor millions of years ago.) It starts out with humans hunting a dinosaur and degenerates from there.

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(Click on the picture for the full tract.)

This was so silly that at first I thought it must be a parody. But then I remembered: This is Jack Chick we’re talking about here. I will say one thing, though. The picture of the baby dinosaur hatching from its egg is cuter than almost anything I can recall ever having seen Chick draw. I’ll also give him props for coming up with what has to be the most mind-bogglingly dumb explanation for the extinction of the dinosaurs that I’ve yet to see.

ADDENDUM: Going to show how out of touch with the blogosphere I’ve become because of my recent absence, it turns out that PZ sighted this nearly a week ago. Of course, I was in Toledo then in a place with minimal Internet access, but that’s no excuse, right?

Comments

  1. #1 G. Williams
    September 10, 2007

    What I can’t get over is that mama dinosaur has EYELASHES.

  2. #2 alibim
    September 10, 2007

    hee hee! Just right for winding up my geologist colleagues. How could they have got it so wrong?

  3. #3 Ahistoricality
    September 10, 2007

    I haven’t read a lot of Jack Chick. Are his Jews usually that…. oh, there’s no good way to put this, is there?

    That sequence at the beginning is pretty funny, actually; it’s like Danny and the Dinosaur meets Clan of the Cavebears…..

  4. #4 G. Williams
    September 10, 2007

    I haven’t read a lot of Jack Chick. Are his Jews usually that…. oh, there’s no good way to put this, is there?

    No, there isn’t, and yes, they are.

    One of the nastier elements of Chick’s oeuvre, if you ask me.

    (I just have a bizarre fascination with Chick tracts. The worldview they represent is so mind-bogglingly weird and irrational.)

  5. #5 Crazyharp81602
    September 10, 2007

    It just so happens that I created a blog post which details what the tract is all about and debunks all the crank claims Chick made up within. Feel free to check out my views of the tract anytime.

    There Go The Dinosaurs: Jack Chick’s Latest Tract of Lies

  6. #6 llewelly
    September 10, 2007

    Yabba-Dabba-Dino-Burger!

  7. #7 djm
    September 10, 2007

    I’m very disappointed – there is no “lake of fire” in this tract. Usually Chick draws them with such relish that they form an artistic high point of his work.

  8. #8 Ginger Yellow
    September 10, 2007

    I love the jumble of sartorial styles within what is apparently the same community: mediaeval peasant smock and hat (or at least Hollywood’s idea of them), vest/tank top, Sinbad-the-Sailor costume, toga, animal skin and tabard

  9. #9 idlemind
    September 10, 2007

    For some reason I’ve always found his drawings of the Faceless Flashbulb God Sitting On His Granite Throne tremendously amusing.

  10. #10 The Professor
    September 10, 2007

    Chick can’t take credit for coming up with the idea that dinosaurs died out due to post-diluvian changes to the atmosphere, though. I recall hearing that one at a Henry Morris & Duane Gish conference back in the late 1970′s.

  11. #11 Cretin
    September 10, 2007

    Babble-babble, babble-babble, babble-babble, babble-babble, babble-babble*. Babble.

    So there, smarty pants.
    __________
    * Babble-babble. Bible Babble 1:2:3.

  12. #12 Anthony
    September 10, 2007

    Don’t forget that Chick caters to the crowd that thinks that “The Flintstones” is a documentary.

  13. #13 Mithandir
    September 10, 2007

    Hey! He stole that from my webcomic! Look!

    Alright, he’s probably never even read my webcomic, but you haev to admit that the similarity is uncanny.

  14. #14 Scotty B
    September 10, 2007

    I know this isn’t the most ridiculous part of the comic, but:

    “This will take us 36 trips.”

    What?

  15. #15 lunartalks
    September 10, 2007

    Hope does eyelashy dinomomma know it’s a he? Its bollocks aren’t out of the egg yet.

  16. #16 Adrienne
    September 10, 2007

    Hope does eyelashy dinomomma know it’s a he? Its bollocks aren’t out of the egg yet.

    Because male dinosaurs obviously had shorter eyelashes, even from birth, than female dinosaurs. DUH!

    And I think “dinomomma” may be my favorite newly made-up word, thanks!

  17. #17 akibare
    September 10, 2007

    Did dinosaurs have cloacas, anyway? Or were their bollocks clearly visible?

    As a non-Christian who also isn’t terribly well read I realized just now that while I’ve always heard of Noah saving two of each animal, I don’t recall anything about the plants. I suppose I can go read Genesis on line somewhere, but were plants taken on the Ark, then?

    Given the European peasant fashions and all the references to “dragons,” is Chick implying that dinosaurs didn’t die out until the middle ages?

    Ah well, I need to go play some more D&D so that I can get to 10th level and cast real spells. Surely it beats this cube-farm life I’m leading…

  18. #18 Ginger Yellow
    September 10, 2007

    Scotty B: I wondered the same thing. I’m guessing it’s some numerological thing. I can see 36 being big in Biblical numerology, what with the trinity and 12 tribes.

  19. #19 Rob Jase
    September 10, 2007

    Interesting… a creat finally admits that all terrestrial plant life would have been killed in a global flood.

    Too bad he doesn’t explain where their replacements came from because the bible doen’t address that. Its almost as thought the bible was written by people that lived in a desert and didn’t know the plants would be killed in a flood.

  20. #20 Justin Moretti
    September 10, 2007

    Chick can’t take credit for coming up with the idea that dinosaurs died out due to post-diluvian changes to the atmosphere, though.

    But they DID! Seriously, though, was it not aerial dust from the meteorite impact the factor that caused the climate change which killed them? If so…

    But now the dinosaurs had a big problem. THE AIR HAD CHANGED!

    …then this statement, at least, is true.

  21. #21 Alan Kellogg
    September 11, 2007

    While you characters were busy with the the dinocrap what I noticed was Chick’s deliberate misquotation of Jesus of Nazareth. When Caiphas asked him if he was the son of God, Jesus is actually reported as saying, “That’s what you say.” Thus, not only is Chick playing fast and loose with paleontology, he’s playing fast and loose with the New Testament.

  22. #22 Sophist, FCD
    September 11, 2007

    Ok, ignoring for the nonce everything else that’s horribly wrong here (like the fact that algae, which are supremely unlikely to die in a flood, produce as much as half of the oxygen we breath), does he have any idea how much oxygen there is in the earth’s atmosphere? Does he have any idea how bloody long it would take a shipload of animals to decrease it to the point that you could actually detect the change, nevermind decreasing it to a point that was detrimental to the health of anything. I mean, if he’s right, he’s also just proved Young Earth Creationism wrong, no?

    Seems like an obvious own goal/pyrrhic victory situation to me.

  23. #23 PlanetaryGear
    September 11, 2007

    Isn’t it fascinating that we live on the same planet with people who are living in an entirely different universe?

  24. #24 Warren
    September 12, 2007

    Am I alone in thinking that the dinosaur head and neck bear a striking resemblance to a certain part of the male anatomy?

    Or am I just so used to seeing scandals associated with right-wing whackjobs that it’s become reflexive?

  25. #25 Jim
    September 13, 2007

    I’ve never seen Chick’s work before and I have to comment on something I found particularly offensive. Why does Jesus look like a nice American white guy while the Jews are sniveling, big-nosed villains? They look exactly like the cartoons the Nazis circulated in Germany before the Holocaust.

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