Chaplains hand out anti-gay, anti-jewish ‘Manga Messiah’ hate comic

Talk2Action has picked up the story of the awful ‘Manga Messiah’ comics that are being handed out to deployed soldiers. They’re also used in Uganda to brainwash kids against Jews, gays, and witches.

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via Talk2Action:

The publisher claims that millions of copies of Manga Messiah have been distributed in countries around the globe, from Uganda to Guatemala to Great Britain. And, according to … Justin Griffith, who also serves as the Military Director for American Atheists, Manga Messiah has been distributed by United States military chaplains.

To an almost complete lack of media scrutiny, the Japanese manga-style comic book Manga Messiah seems to have joined Hitler’s Mein Kampf, as one of the most internationally prolific forms of anti-Jewish propaganda in history.

I first wrote about Manga Messiah after receiving my copy while on my last deployment. I was truly shocked when I did more research. I received it as if it was just another chaplain tract, and in fact was bundled with a bunch of standard issue pamphlets. Just how many got distributed? Are they still distributing them in foreign countries?

Bruce Wilson‘s piece at Talk2Action’s is lengthy and well-sourced. I didn’t even pick up on every angle as I read my copy. For instance, Wilson writes about the portrayal of Judas as a ‘gay banker’:

In the Manga Messiah depiction of Judas he is drawn as effeminate, with an early 1980s Boy George-style haircut, a flowing head scarf, and earrings: a heavy handed suggestion that Judas might be gay. So, in the Manga Messiah version of the passion play, Judas is a gay banker or money-manager, and perhaps a violent revolutionary killer (the Sicarii carried out their assassinations with concealed daggers), who betrays Jesus with a homoerotic kiss.

Commenting on the comic, founder of the nationally influential LGBTQ rights group Truth Wins Out Wayne Besen, who is both homosexual and Jewish, stated,

“This is a cartoon with dark connotations that blends historic homophobia and anti-semitism to mold impressionable young minds to think with malice.”While Jesus and his apostles are drawn Manga style, with tiny, stylized noses, and enormous eyes, the Jewish rabbis in the comic often depicted differently – they are shown with sallow, yellowish complexions or with large noses, attacking Jesus and angrily clamoring for his death.

Read the whole thing over at Talk2Action, and share it for great justice!

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  • flek

    What’s striking about the depiction of Judas is that he would be your standard issue protagonist in many fantasy or historical comics aimed at women in Japan. And it wouldn’t be uncommon to see that kind of character playing support to the protagonist in a comic aimed at men. Or in some cases the entire male cast looks more or less like that, even in men’s comics.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.stricklin josephstricklin

    dat Dave face.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rockbeyondbelief/ Justin Griffith

      Sure is!

  • F [disappearing]

    In the Manga Messiah depiction of Judas he is drawn as effeminate, with an early 1980s Boy George-style haircut, a flowing head scarf, and earrings: a heavy handed suggestion that Judas might be gay.

    Or perhaps a pirate, à la Johnny Depp?

    This is frightening, and makes me hate Jews. Especially Jesus.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rockbeyondbelief/ Justin Griffith

      “Roses are reddish
      Violets are bluish
      If it wasn’t for Jesus
      We’d all be Jewish”

  • http://becomingjulie.blogspot.co.uk/ BecomingJulie

    I can’t believe these have been distributed in the UK. It would surely run afoul of our hate speech laws.

  • Matt G

    I’ve never understood why Judas isn’t a hero to Christians. Without him, Jesus doesn’t get turned in to die for our sins. And isn’t there a non-canonical gospel which says that Jesus actually asks Judas to turn him in? That, at least, makes sense.

  • J. J. Ramsey

    In the Manga Messiah depiction of Judas he is drawn as effeminate, with an early 1980s Boy George-style haircut, a flowing head scarf, and earrings: a heavy handed suggestion that Judas might be gay.

    I’m enough of an anime geek that I imagined someone doing a yaoi doujinshi of Manga Messiah. Considering the anti-gay agenda of its original authors, it might be funny if someone actually did that.


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