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BELOW: Aunt May thought Mac Gargan (the Scorpion) was a Jehovah's Witness: Spider-Man consulted with powerful telepath Rachel Summers ("Marvel Girl" of the X-Men) to help him find his Aunt May, who was abducted by unknown villain. Touching a ring that belonged to Aunt May, Rachel was able to receive psychic impressions of the abduction. Rachel could not identify who the assailant was. But she did reveal that when Aunt May answered the door, she thought the person at the door was a Jehovah's Witness coming to preach about the Bible. It is worth noting that Aunt May left the chain on the door (meaning that she had not planned to let the Jehovah's Witness in), but she opened the door, no doubt intending to politely decline his invitation to visit with her.

Aunt May thought Mac Gargan (the Scorpion) was a Jehovah's Witness

Source: Marvel Knights Spider-Man #6 (Nov. 2004): "Venomous: Part Two", pg. 17, panels 2-3. Written by Mark Millar. Art by Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson. See also: religion identified by name; missionary work; Jehovah's Witnesses; Spider-Man (Peter Parker); Aunt May; The Scorpion (Mac Gargan); Marvel Girl (Rachel Grey); Jehovah's Witnesses

BELOW: Red points out that terrorist Ranko Zamani is Serbian Orthodox, so he wouldn't have a tattoo.

Red points out that terrorist Ranko Zamani is Serbian Orthodox, so he wouldn't have a tattoo.

Raymond Reddington: "I need you to tell me what Zamani said... In the house, what did he say? What did you see?"

Agent Elizabeth Keen: "He, uh, asked about the Chemist, about the girl..."

Raymond Reddington: "No. What did you see?"

Agent Elizabeth Keen: "Uh, there was blood. There was blood everywhere."

Raymond Reddington: "Take a breath, Lizzy."

[Agent Keen probes her memories. She recalls seeing something on the back of Zamani's hand - a mark, a symbol.]

Agent Elizabeth Keen: "There was a tattoo."

Raymond Reddington: "He's Serbian Orthodox. He wouldn't have a tattoo."

Agent Elizabeth Keen: "I know what I saw. This mark, I've seen it before."

[Agent Keen probes her memories further. She recalls seeing the symbol somewhere else - on a pamphlet for the D.C. zoo. It is a symbol used for the zoo.]

Agent Elizabeth Keen: "It wasn't a tattoo. It was a stamp. Zamani's gonna bomb the D.C. zoo."

Source: The Blacklist - Season 1, Episode 1 (23 Sep. 2013): "Pilot". Written by Jon Bokenkamp, Brandon Margolis, Brandon Sonnier. See also: religion identified by name; Eastern Orthodox; Red (Raymond Reddington); Ranko Zamani

BELOW: Radical Muslim "soldiers" invading an Afghani village are overtly identified as members of the fundamentalist Islamic militia group known as the "Taliban.":

Radical Muslim soldiers invading an Afghani village are overtly identified as members of the fundamentalist Islamic militia group known as the Taliban.

Source: Young X-Men #1 (June 2008): "Final Genesis", pg. 9, panels 1-4. Written by Marc Guggenheim. Art by Yanick Paquette, Ray Snyder. See also: religion identified by name; Muslim; Taliban soldiers

BELOW: This excerpt from a "status report" prepared by Chitauri alien invaders is from the opening chapter to The Ultimates: Against All Enemies. The Chitauri status report names the "National Socialist" movement by name. (This is the official name of the Nazi party.) The Chitauri admire the Nazi understanding that the "imposition of order requires domination and control of cultural production." The report specifically mentions using Hollywood to promote "traditional values." The Chitauri understand that Hollywood-based film and television are among the most powerful tools in the world for influencing human behavior.

We are no longer focused on human political centers in +New York+ and +Washington+; the events leading up to the +Arizona+ setback made clear that our surveillance must be diversified, encompassing human technological research and cultural production a well as the standard intelligence targets of military and political activity. The +National Socialist+ host understood that the imposition of order requires domination and control of cultural production as well as military strength; we are redoubling our efforts on this front. Much of this effort consists of suborning existing structures, such as film production, to increase the dissemination of material that prepares the human mind for the idea of order. Consolidation of cultural production in fewer and fewer hands has made this endeavor much easier. To take one example, +Hollywood+ filmmaking has absorbed the idea of order -- translated, in human terms, as "traditional values"--far more easily than we might have expected given the chaotic and inconsistent history of that industry. The +American+ political discourse, by and large, has followed this trend as well.

Source: The Ultimates: Against All Enemies (2007), pg. 3-4. Written by Alex Irvine. See also: religion identified by name; propaganda; traditional values; Hollywood; order; Nazi; Nazis; Chitauri

BELOW: Defense Department official Ozzie Bright (actually a Chitauri spy) compares the current situation to when the Allies broke the Nazis' Enigma code, but did not act on everything they learned from this breakthrough:

"I'll ask you to indulge me in a little historical parallel," Bright went on. "During World War II, hard decisions were made about utilizing certain technologies and acting on the information gained thereby. Had the Allies saved every life and thwarted every minor movement they learned about by cracking the Enigma code, the Nazis would quickly have abandoned Enigma; by sacrificing those necessary lives, the Allies maintained their intelligence superiority over the Nazis long enough for the advantage to prove decisive. Do you understand the analogy, General Fury?"

Source: The Ultimates: Against All Enemies (2007), pg. 24. Written by Alex Irvine. See also: religion identified by name; sacrifice; greater good; Nazis