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Apes, Lies and Ms. Henn is a tract written by the evangelist Jack Chick. It contains a message for children about the supposed falsity of evolution.
Head Teacher: I have good news children. Your teacher, Mrs. Tucker, had twins! And here is your new teacher, Ms. Henn.
Li'l Suzy: Wow!
Class: GOOD MORNING, MS. HENN!
Ms. Henn: Thank you, children.
Comment: Notice how the regular teacher was a "Mrs." while the new one is "Ms."? Could this be a subtle foreshadowing of how unpleasant Ms. Henn is going to be? After all, middle-aged women who go by "Ms." obviously have something wrong with them... right?
Ms. Henn: We're going to be great friends... and you'll meet many of my close friends, too. We're going to have such fun together... As long as you do what I say!
Comment: "You'll meet many of my close friends"? Usually, teachers don't invite their friends to class. But maybe this is supposed to refer to the many great figures of history (a picture of George Washington can be seen hanging on the wall) and, presumably, science that Ms. Henn plans to introduce the children to. Of course, Chick is portraying the teacher as visually unappealing, in order to help get his message across.
Ms. Henn: Today I want you to know how great you are and how far humans have come. Soon we'll live in outer space. But it took millions of years to change from apes into humans.
Comment: The species did not change from ape to human. Apes and humans have a relatively recent common ancestor. Evolution is best not thought of as a linear "ladder"; a better metaphor is a branching tree.
Kid: Did we really come from monkeys?
Ms. Henn: Yes, scientists have PROVEN it.
Li'l Suzy: Timmy, that's a lie!
Ms. Henn: WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY!?
Comment: The short-tempered, somewhat irrational, science-worshiping authority figure is a favorite straw man employed in Chick tracts. A teacher would not get angry at the suggestion of creationism; in reality she would simply attempt to correct the child's misconceptions.