Church Treats Trick-or-Treaters To Comic Featuring Child Suicide for Not Fearing God
Ohio’s Northview Baptist Church wisely decided not to give its youngest parishioners cavity-causing chocolates and candy this Halloween. Instead, 2,200 Christian themed comic books were handed out to impressionable trick-or-treaters about God killing two of a mother’s three sons.
Oh, and the third kills himself with a noose in the basement. How Christlike!
The comic, Mean Momma, scared the hell out of recipients, leading to enough complaints for the Associated Press to pick up the story. The church’s Facebook page was inundated with criticism from all over the world, leading to Rev. Kenny Cousar deleting the entirety of guest comments after posting an apology.
Is Northview Baptist Church unclear on what it means to endorse something? Because gifting children with comics “featuring extreme methodology” is the very definition of endorsement.
Having read the comic myself, I find it wildly inappropriate and more than a little bizarre. Was this church someone unaware of the 300 gay teens that commit suicide each year? And that’s just within the LGBT community! In Momma, God punishes a nonbeliever by killing two of her children via tornado and a car accident. The third son hangs himself after hearing his mother loved one of his siblings more than him. Panels mentioning bullying on behalf of the wicked sons also exist.
Whatever point the comic is attempting to make (Non-Christians die grisly deaths?) is completely missed. And whatever point the church was attempting to make (Um, non-Christians die grisly deaths, again?) is additionally bizarre.
What comics about child suicide would Jesus hand out for Halloween?