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Toys for Tots: talking Jesus dolls need not apply

The fundies are drop-kicked again, this time for trying to foist a talking Jesus doll on Toys for Tots, which rejected the offer.

A Los Angeles company offered to donate 4,000 of the 1 foot-tall dolls, which quote Bible verses, for distribution to needy children this holiday season. The battery-powered Jesus is one of several dolls manufactured by one2believe, a division of the Valencia-based Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Co., based on biblical figures.

But the charity balked because of the dolls’ religious nature.

Toys are donated to kids based on financial need and “we don’t know anything about their background, their religious affiliations,” said Bill Grein, vice president of Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, in Quantico, Virginia. As a government entity, Marines “don’t profess one religion over another,” Grein said Tuesday. “We can’t take a chance on sending a talking Jesus doll to a Jewish family or a Muslim family.”

Michael La Roe, director of business development for both companies, said the charity’s decision left him “surprised and disappointed.”

“The idea was for them to be three-dimensional teaching tools for kids,” La Roe said. “I believe as a churchgoing person, anyone can benefit from hearing the words of the Bible.”

Why is it so hard for these folks to understand that not everyone is Christian? Would they find it acceptable for one of their little fundie-raised children to receive a talking Mohammed doll? Just asking.

The $20 Jesus doll is button-activated, with a hand-sewn cloth garment and little sandals.

The doll utters these phrases, in, as the web site puts it “63 seconds of Scripture, recorded in an easy-to-memorize style.”

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but
have eternal life.
Mark 12:30 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your
Mark 12:31 – Love your neighbor as yourself.
John 15:5 – I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me
you can do nothing.
John 20:29 – Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.
John 3:3 – I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.

See pictures of the doll here.

And of course you want to know what the Freepi thought of this development.

Actual Freeper Quotesâ„?

Jesus is such a threat. His whole “Love one another as you would love yourself,” is just utter, cultural terrorism is totally against our pagag way of life. Next thing you know, they will pull the late-night “Girls Gone Wild” commercials. “WARNING…..”

Screw Toys for Tots! If Jesus isn’t good enough for them and they reject Him, I reject them without apology.

Donate to the Salvation Army instead. They don’t reject Christ in any form.

Yeah, but the salvation army rejects any used furnishings or appliance that appear to have been, well, used. We must not live in a very poor nation when I had furniture rejected for donation because it was no longer in style (and FORGET about a used baby car seat).

UH….WHAT is CHRISTmas for? This is crazy…..they said they can’t chance a Jesus doll going to a Jewish family? How crazy is this? I’ve just about decided I don’t celebrate CHRISTmas with ANYONE who does NOT believe in JESUS birth…..although, that rules out many of the people around me.

time to scatch another “charity” off my list

The main thing is to make sure our Marines are devoid of any religion. That way, when they have no conscience, they are more effective killers, although it will be harder to “turn it off” to cool down a firefight in Iraq. That’s okay though, because while in court-martial there will be no need for a bible to swear on. Thus, they can lie like the dickens and have a restful sleep in their cell.

NO!!!! It’s Christmas, not the “holiday season”. Any idea who’s birthday that is????? (The AP and CNN should never be allowed to inbreed)

Has anyone tried to see if buddha dolls or Muhammed dolls get the same sort of treatment? What about Hare Krishna dolls?

Problem is the Mohammed doll has a certain smell and the cat keeps trying to bury it.

The muhammed dolls had to be recalled. They kept beating Barbie, chopping off Ken’s head, having sex with “Baaa” the stuffed lamb, and then blowing up. As such, they were a safety hazard.

Yeah, even though Jesus WAS a jew. Maybe T.F.T thinks Jesus may be Palestinian….hmmmmm…an interesting theory. Might explain that whole “missing years” between 12 and 30.

Why would Jewish families or Muslim families accept Christmas presents?

WHAT kid wants a Jesus doll? “Mommy, Daddy, Can I get a Jesus Doll for Christmas…I hate GI Joe….he’s a facist.” Flame away….

I respectfully submit that if you would be offended by a Jesus doll, then you should not accept any Christmas presents. Please. This PC crap is ridiculous!

I smell a set up by a company trying to make trouble and move product…”hey let’s offer them a Jesus doll (a toy no kid is gonna want anyways) and then when they REJECT it, we’ll get press coverage and SELL MILLIONS of ’em….yeah…that’s the ticket. “Intolerance=millions of dollars.” I bet Britney Spears Crack Ho’ dolls are okay………

Sigh. This is just BS. The issue is simple – it’s simply rude to give a Jewish kid a Jesus doll for Christmas. Come on people, have some sense. This has *nothing* to do with Jesus being a threat. It’s just that they can’t guarantee delivery of these toys based on religion.

A talking Jesus doll seems sacreligious to me. You want some kid tossing it around a mud puddle? Bad idea altogether. Good for Toys for Tots (I don’t really know their motives and don’t care)

H/t Matthew and Mena.

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