Today seems to be the day of weird religious-blogging.
A toy company called one2believe in Los Angeles offered to donate 4,000 bible-quotin’ Jesus dolls to Toys for Tots, but was told “thanks, but no thanks.” The reason was that children from all faiths (and lack thereof) participate in the program, and the gifts are given randomly without knowing the child’s background.
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.”
According to the company’s Web site, the button-activated, bearded Jesus, dressed in hand-sewn cloth outfits and sandals, 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.” It has a $20 retail value.
These dolls are called “Messengers of Faith,” and also include suspiciously Caucasian-looking renditions of Moses, Peter, and Mary.