Here, Kitty Kitty! (Chick tract)
In this adorable 2006 Halloween-themed cartoon with Peanuts-inspired artwork, some adorable little kids decide to engage in some adorable ritualistic sacrifice.
Little Betsy's mean brother decides that he and his friends need to kill her cat so that they can cast a spell on the kindly Christian teacher, Miss Johnson. When Miss Johnson catches Betsy crying over her cat's impending doom, Betsy explains the whole sordid plot. Miss Johnson scoffs:
- Miss Johnson: "But spells won't work on me, Betsy."
- Betsy: "Why not?"
- Miss Johnson: "Because Jesus protects me!"
She then seizes the opportunity to witness the good news about Jesus to Betsy, in adorable cartoon format.
Betsy is saved, but she's afraid that her cat may be lost already when she finds an empty cage and is confronted by her brother and his scheming friends. Luckily, Miss Johnson shows up in the nick of time and lets the boys off with a stern warning: "You don't have to do spells to get good grades... Don't do witchcraft... Do your HOMEWORK!"
Bashing Halloween is an annual activity for Jack Chick, perhaps because he hopes that homeowners will hand out tracts instead of candy to the mobs of grateful children. Halloween entries from other years include Boo!, Happy Halloween, The Little Princess, The Devil's Night, and The Trick.
The really interesting point here is not the fairly mundane "Let me tell you about Jesus" story, which is becoming almost identical in every single tract. Rather, the thing to notice is how seriously Chick takes the whole mythos of magic, witchcraft, and ritual sacrifice.
The teacher says, "Spells won't work on me... because Jesus protects me!" Spells won't work on the teacher anyway, with or without the protection of Jesus, because magic is not real. However, it is a frequently repeated theme in Chick tracts that not only are Jesus, heaven, and hell real, but so are witches and magic. To Chick and his ilk, accepting one set of superstitious beliefs seems to require accepting a bundle of other beliefs for which there is no evidence.