Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Jesus Will Be Thrown Out a Window By Your Child

If I may digress in today's post, I would like to talk about something that isn't bible-related. Well, it is bible-related, but not straight from scripture. My good friend sent me a great link yesterday about these new action figures that are going to be based off of biblical figures.

The picture on that page is awesome.

Of course, this action figure line will first appear at Wal-Mart, our world's one-stop shop for crappy products and right-wing philosophies. I'm sure a lot of you won't read the whole article over there at BBC News, so I'll get into it a bit. They are going to devote two feet of shelf space at first to these things, at four hundred and forty-five stores around the US.

David Socha, the founder of One2Believe (obviously he's a big fan of teen and text message-speak) says, "If you go in a toy aisle in any major retailer, you will see toys and dolls that promote and glorify evil, destruction, lying, cheating." I can't help but wonder if he's actually looked at toys for kids? For one, kids love destruction, and yes, I will give him that destruction is glorified in some of these toys. But lying, cheating, and evil? Yes, there are evil Decepticons and the evil organization of Cobra, but these are counter-balanced by the Autobots and G.I.Joe. It's like the people that complained about Dungeons and Dragons because it has magic and demons. In most of the DnD games I ever played (and I played for about twelve straight years) we were the good guys fighting against these bad guys.

Besides, what glorifies violence more than the story of Christ, who, through intense violence (have you seen "The Passion of Christ" or read the gospels?) saved all of mankind. I cannot for the life of me think of a better example of something that makes violence seem like a good thing.The word "glorify" is defined by Webster as "to make glorious by bestowing honor, praise, or admiration" or "to give glory to (as in worship)." There it is. I mean, it even uses the word "worship" in the definition.

Maybe Mr.Socha should look in the mirror of his own hobbies before he judges the ones my child enjoys. I would like my son to pretend that robots were blowing each other up, rather than pretend a person was whipped until his blood formed a pool around his feet, had thorns shoved into his scalp, had his hands and feet nailed to a piece of wood, and then had a spear shoved up under his ribcage and into his heart. Laurie Schat, a founder of a christian company, said, "I think there are parents who want...to give their children more wholesome things." This goes, again, with what I spoke about above. The former is much more wholesome, I would argue.

I must admit, I will probably order a talking Jesus doll from the Wal-Mart site (despite my Wal-Mart boycott that's been in effect since 2004 or so) just so I can watch my son drop it out of a three or four-story window, as most boys do with their action figures when they hit ten or eleven, when he's a bit older and bored with it.

Something tells me he's smart enough to be bored with it much sooner than that.

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