Friday, November 17, 2006

Stigmata sold separately

There was a time when Christmas toys were meant to be fun.
Toys for Tots has decided to accept a toymaker's gift of 4,000 bible-quoting Jesus dolls after all.

The program run by the Marine Corps Reserves had initially decided not to take the 12-inch tall religious figures from a California company because they didn't want to take a chance that the dolls would end up going to someone who might be offended by them.

Bill Grein, vice president of Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, in Quantico, Va., said Toys for Tots doesn't know anything about the religious affiliations of the children who receive its gifts.

"We can't take a chance on sending a talking Jesus doll to a Jewish family or a Muslim family," Grein said Tuesday. "Kids want a gift for the holiday season that is fun."

But a spokesman told CBS4 Wednesday they changed their minds and decided to accept the dolls from the Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Co.. Toys for Tots refused further comment.

According to the company's Web site, the button-activated, bearded Jesus doll recites scripture such as "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again" and "Love your neighbor as yourself."
I wonder how he would get along with Muslim Barbie?


Zachary Drake said...

Maybe kids can have fun re-enacting biblical tortures or the crusifixion a la Mel Gibson's Passion. Children are often very cruel to their dolls.

AutismNewsBeat said...

There could be a movie about talking Jesus dolls who come to life when humans aren't around. The dolls minister to and try to convert the other playthings. It would be called "Goy Story".