14 November 2006

Some people still have some sense...

A company that sells Bible-quoting Jesus dolls said it was surprised and disappointed that the Marine Reserves’ Toys for Tots program turned down its offer to donate 4,000 of the talking dolls.
Of course, the damn evangelical running the toy company is quite miffed that Toys for Tots would dare turn down Jesus dolls, and has no idea why anyone would do such a thing:
“I believe as a churchgoing person, anyone can benefit from hearing the words of the Bible,” said Michael La Roe, director of business development for Valencia-based Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Co. and its one2believe division, which makes the line of Bible character dolls.
The Toys for Tots program has a good reason for turning them down: they can't guarantee that the children receiving the toys would be Christian. (Just because it's a Christmas-season program doesn't mean that they give toys only to Christians. Imagine a Muslim child getting a talking Jesus doll. Yikes.)

I'm reminded of the music teacher in my highschool, who, during the school musical production of Godspell, said, "I love this musical. I think every school should do it."

Do these people lack all capacity for common sense? Do they want to cause problems? Can't they see the obvious trouble here?

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At November 15, 2006 9:10 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, Toys For Tots is a programs specifically for Christmas. Their mission:

"The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted."

Muslim and Jewish boys and girls don't get Christmas gifts. At any rate, Toys for Tots has accepted the donation after all.

At November 16, 2006 8:49 a.m., Blogger King Aardvark said...

Yikes. Anyway, the story I got it from must have been a bit off, because they did mention giving gifts to non-Christian kids. I suppose in our society today, lots of people celebrate Christmas just because it's fun (and because everyone else is doing it) so they may not be Christians anyway. Thanks for the clear up, whoever you are.


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