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"Chick tract" illustrates Sen. Jason Rapert learning about civil liberties and religious freedom 

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Remember "chick tracts?" They were a staple of my childhood growing up as an evangelical Christian in Hempstead County. My brothers and cousins and I handed them out at the bowling alley and left them in bathroom stalls in hopes of seeing new faces in the pews – rows of folding metal chairs in our case – on Sunday. We got a lot of weird looks.

For those of you out of the loop, chick tracts are tiny black and white comic strips typically showing a downtrodden protagonist's path towards salvation. Evangelical fan fiction.

In a perfect example of how nationally embarrassing our state legislature can be, we recently received an unprompted shipment of faux chick tracts put together by Satanic San Francisco entitled "Constitutional Rites." Produced by Black Mass Appeal and illustrated by Tabitha Slander, the tracts were part of a Kickstarter campaign that earned over $3,000 with 122 backers. They're for sale in the Black Mass Appeal shop.

From their website:
In “Constitutional Rites,” evangelical politician Jason Stanley wants to put a monument to the Ten Commandments at the state capitol. Can some friendly local Satanists teach him about the value of separating church and state instead?
We've scanned, cropped, and slideshow-ified the first few pages. A statement from the tract's creators:
Although we're not residents of Arkansas, we feel the precedents being set by the conflict around the Ten Commandments monument in Little Rock are important for every American in every state.

"In Constitutional Rites," we state that we believe everyone should subscribe to whatever personal religious beliefs they feel are best suited for them, but public grounds and government institutions must avoid explicit expression of favoritism for any one religion over others, so that we can all feel confident that elected officials will safeguard everyone's rights fairly and equally.

A local group called Friends of the Satanic Temple Arkansas plans to distribute dozens of tracts ahead of the Satanic Temple's August 16 rally.

As the tract's disclaimer points out, Satanic SF is not an official chapter of the Satanic Temple, and for that matter neither is Friends of TST Arkansas. But "Constitutional Rites" is in part an expression of our sincere opinion that the Temple is correct in its allegation that state legislators are playing fast and loose with the rules in an ongoing campaign to promote one religion in particular for personal reasons.
I thought it'd be a good opportunity to take the time to digitize this as Rapert is having a fit on Twitter over a recent Times column by Lucien Greaves, the spokesman and co-founder of The Satanic Temple.

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