Okay, maybe that’s not great alliteration. Oh well. It’s early.
The most recent effluvia from the Americhristian Fascist Association is plugging evangelist Tim Todd’s The Truth for Youth comic-book Bible for teens, which Tim is offering to send a free copy of to any teen willing to give it to an “unsaved” classmate. Todd is, as you may have guessed, one of those extra-sleazy evangelical ambulance chasers who latched onto school-related tragedies like Columbine to promote his ministry. In the breathless words of the AFA email,
“The Truth for Youth” consists of the entire New Testament in the God’s Word version, along with powerful full color comics that are packed with “absolute truths” regarding issues young people are faced with, such as: Evolution, Sexual Purity, Homosexuality, Abortion, Pornography, Drugs, Drunkenness, Peer Pressure, School Violence and Secular Rock Music. God’s wonderful plan of salvation is incorporated into each of the stories.
Ironically appropriate that they place the words “absolute truths” into quotation marks, since, whenever Christians start prattling on about “absolute truths” about whatever evil secular subject is obsessing them, they’re almost certainly about to start lying out their flabby butts. The evolution material will be nothing but the usual idiotic creationist canards that have been lying in ruins for ages; the homosexuality material will be plain old hate; the stuff about “secular rock music” will fall on deaf ears.
In any case, it’s amusing that they think trying to go the Jack Chick route will be an effective tool to minister to teens, but the sad thing is it could well be. What I’d like to see is the NCSE or the Dawkins Foundation assemble a Basics of Evolution or The God Delusion for Youth, to make available to high school students for free as well. The best way to combat the propaganda of Christian “truth” is, of course, with true truth — you know, that which is supported by such tiresome things as scientific research, reason and evidence. Not that which is backed by just another narcisstic, money-grubbing fundagelical who believes he’s the appointed ambassador of the magic invisible universe-creating space pixie. For every copy of The Truth for Youth foisted on a poor unsuspecting student who ought to be learning facts instead, they could offer sensible, even witty counter-arguments to reveal Todd’s brainless misinformation for the self-serving, deceptive religious hucksterism it is. Heck, as a former comics industry professional of nine years’ experience, I’d even volunteer my time!