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Toys for Tots will now distribute the proselytizing Jesus doll

The fundie uproar clearly had an effect.

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.

The Jesus doll with the kung-fu grip sells for $20 and features “63 seconds of Scripture, recorded in an easy-to-memorize style,” such as

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.

There’s video at CBS4Boston.

Hat tip, Paul.


In an unrelated, kind of oddball story that I post here from time to time, on the same page as the above Jesus article, there is a link to this (men, grab your “boys” for this one).

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What is the explanation for that picture, lol?

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