Every year the Marine Corps Reserve holds it’s ‘Toys for Tots‘ program. Marine reservists all over the US collect toys from people, organizations, and companies to redistribute to those less fortunate over the Christmas holiday. This program has been running since 1947 and was always geared towards Christmas.
This year, an organization called One2Believe has offered to donate 4,000 dolls to Toys for Tots. These weren’t your typical dolls though; they were 12" talking Messengers of Faith. This series contains 4 dolls: Jesus, Mary, Moses, and David. Each doll spews out biblical words of wisdom at the push of a button.
The Marines rejected the dolls, saying that they know nothing of the kid’s backgrounds or religious affiliations. Bill Grein, vice president of Marine Toys for Tots, said "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 the doll company, said the following:
"I believe as a churchgoing person, anyone can benefit from hearing the words of the Bible."
Where to start with one, I’m not quite sure. Firstly, La Roe is just foolish for thinking that EVERYONE can benefit from the Bible’s teachings. Secondly, if the Marine Corps is not sure about the backgrounds of the kids they’re helping, then why are they doing this for Christmas? Aren’t there Jewish and Muslim kids? Then again, I was a kid and I really wouldn’t care what the holiday was so long as I got some toys.
So there has to be some real reason why the Marines rejected their offer. Towards the end of the article, I found it. Grein said it quite frankly, "Kids want a gift for the holiday season that is fun".
I couldn’t agree more! What kid wants to listen to some religious fairy tale creature preaching to them? Seriously, check out some of the quotes from the dolls:
Luke 1:49 – for the Mighty One has done great things for me – Holy is his name.
Luke 1:50 – His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
Luke 1:51 – He has performed mighty deeds with His arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
Every kid would love to sit around listening to this with their friends:
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
Yea, that hits the spot!
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