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The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
Jonothon "Jono" Starsmore
of Generation X
Jonothon Evan "Jono" Starsmore, better known as "Chamber," was a founding member of "Generation X." This was a class of mutant trainees at the Massachusetts Academy who studied under Emma Frost (the "White Queen") and Sean Cassidy ("Bandshee").
Chamber is from London, England, and it has been speculated that he is an Anglican - a member of the Church of England. The character has never been overtly identified as such, however, and seems rather secular overall. If Chamber is an Anglican, he is almost certainly merely nominal in this religious affiliation.
The following is probably not canonical, and appears to be fan fiction. But the characteristics of the Jonothon Starsmore character in this piece are based on the character from the published comics. Are the details about Chamber's religious background as presented in this piece a valid reflection of the actual character based on evidence gleaned from the published comics? Further research is needed to answer this. From: Cassandra West, "Who Am I?" on "Lucia's Candle Home" website, originally written January 2002; edited and cleaned up 12 August 2004 (http://www.angelfire.com/comics/micksocean/luciascandle/Whoami.html; viewed 15 June 2006):
His [Chamber's] Nan [grandmother] was staunch Church of England, not just Anglican, but high church Anglican, as close to Catholic as you could get and still be Protestant. For some reason his Nan had found some comfort in the church, even though she only selectively followed its teachings. And she'd always wanted something better for him, than becoming a wastrel like her son and husband. She'd thought being a choirboy would be good for him, so he'd done it to please her. His old man had approved, because it got him out from underfoot for a couple of hours every Sunday, and a few more during the week for practice. Then someone had suggested that he would have a good shot at one of the spaces in the chorus in 'Les Miserables', if he auditioned. Forget chorus, at the age of eleven Jonothan Starsmore got his first paycheque for singing, he landed the role of Gavroche. And had entered an entirely different world.
From: "X-Men religious affiliations" thread started 1 June 2002 on rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks newsgroup (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks/browse_thread/thread/78e6830d00083d2f/102a03cd2dab9fda; viewed 15 June 2006):
Date: Tues, Jun 4 2002 6:57 pm
Nightcrawler is Catholic. Kitty Pryde is Jewish... As for the others, I don't know. Since most are from America or other European countries they're probably at least nominally Christian. Angel, being a good WASP, is probably an Episcopalian. Chamber is probably C of E. [Church of England] Rogue could be anything, maybe Baptist.
From: "What are the religious beliefs of the main mutants in the X-Books?" forum discussion started 16 January 2007 on "Comic Book Resources" website (http://forums.comicbookresources.com/archive/index.php/t-160293.html; viewed 16 May 2007):
01-16-2007, 03:51 PM
What do you think the religious beliefs of the following mutants are?
01-16-2007, 04:38 PM
Kitty - Jewish
Jean - Protestant
Magneto - Jewish
Xavier - Protestant
Bobby - Jewish
Wanda - Jewish
Pietro - Jewish
Lorna - Catholic?
Storm - No idea...
Wolverine - Protestant?
Emma - Catholic?
Sam - Baptist?
Angel - Protestant?
Banshee - Catholic?
Chamber - Anglican?
Scott and Alex - Protestant
Psylocke - Protestant or Anglican
01-16-2007, 07:09 PM
Most comic book characters are blandly nondenominational with a tendency towards being WASPs [i.e., "White Anglo-Saxon Protestants"]. The only ones I would consider obviously practicing members of a faith are:
Jean: founder and prophet of the Church of the Phoenix
Storm: Neopagan, Goddess worshipper
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