Saturday, July 28, 2007

"Allah Had No Son"

I was recently given this comic book that a friend found in a nearby store. It was called: "Allah Had No Son" and I just honestly don't know what to make of it. There's only one hero, some white guy named Jesus Christ and one villain, a brown skinned man named Muhammad. I'm really not sure which one prevails in the end so I can only conclude that this is meant to be humor and not something to be taken seriously.

If I follow the basic storyline, a "Christian" father and son come upon a "Muslim" praying. The father says he's praying to his moon god and the "Muslim" gets offended and threatens to kill to the two "Christians". After a few pages, the father starts in about how Islam was founded on some old Arab mythology with a pantheon of Gods; whereas Christianity was the real true faith. Pretty funny shit- considering how much the Bible's Devil looks like the Greek god, Pan, and how many times I've seen pictures of the Christian God that look like the Norse god king, Odin.

The story ends with the Muslim converting to Christianity after the Jesus hero threatens him with some terrible place called "Hell", the place where the supervillain, Muhammed, was ultimately sent (apparently, this is the superhero's special power- sending souls into a fiery pit for all eternity- possibly something similar to Arkham).

The reason I'm not sure who actually won this cosmic battle is because on page four, the Muslim proclaims: "We expect a Muslim flag to fly over the White House in the near future. It will be the end of Christianity in America." This quote is never rebuked. So the Christians pick up one for their side and lose the whole U.S.A. to the other. Perhaps this some sort of victory to these particular comic book fans or maybe the writers just added it for the extra special comedy effect.

It came from the First Baptist Church in Paden City, West Virginia via some comic book manufacturer called Chick Publications. I always thought that right-wing Christian preachers and televangelists were pretty funny clowns until they start messing around with public institutions and legislation- a clear violation of what our Holy Starfleet Captains James T. Kirk, Jean Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, and Kathryn Janeway have tried to teach us.

May Batman take mercy upon our souls.



ariadne said...

When Dionysius and I were honeymooning in Italy, we went to this one church in Rome that is basically 3 churches built on top of each other. You keep walking down the stairwell until you reach the center of the bottom--the temple of Mithras, who looks exactly like more Bizantine depictions of Jesus Christ and stood for things like Love, Peace, and Forgiveness. Only Mithras predates Jesus by quite a bit. Not to mention, the Holy Communion is based on the rituals of Dionysius himself!

Tres originale!

Elvis Drinkmo said...

No doubt, Ariadne. Isn't there also a story from Greek mythology about a flood that wiped everybody out involving Pandora, Prometheus, and Epimethius.

I hope the people at Chick will keep on throwing those rocks. Hopefully they won't break none of those windows in that almighty glass house.

Rebecca said...

If the comic book doesn't do it for you, I have a Jesus action figure I could send your way. Of course, they have a new deluxe model with glow in the dark healing hands, if you want to go all out.

Followed your link from WV Bloggers....

Elvis Drinkmo said...

I don't think the Jesus action figure would make it in the box with all my old Batman and Robin toys.

I could throw it in with the Marvel figurines someone bought me by accident.

muzeuterpe1 said...

Just FYI --- Chick Publications has been around for at least 30 years. They make wee tiny "comics" on just about every issue imaginable.

I'm sure you already know, the Muslim religion and Christianity share common ancestors with Judism.

Even a cursory study of world religions will show common stories. But to those who believe none other is truer than theirs.

Elvis Drinkmo said...

One came from Issac and the other came from Ismael and thousands of years of blood followed them both.

I think I'll stick with Barbara Gordon and Captain Picard.

Anne Johnson said...

As for me and my house, we will follow Milk and Cheese. Onward to mayhem -- no Chicks allowed!