This is too good to pass up commenting on. Toys for Tots has rejected a donation of 4,000 Jesus dolls. It's all over the news feeds today (Boston Herald, CNN). The Jesus doll retails for $20 and recites six different verses, bringing the good news to any child within hearing. See the doll for yourself in this video.
The charges are already flying. Robert Marley of the Coalition to Save Christmas in Massachusetts says, “This is just more proof that there’s a war on Christmas and Christianity in this country.” Obviously it's a conspiracy.
Bill Grein of Toys for Tots says they don't want to risk offending Jewish or Muslim families who might receive the doll. That makes sense.
This morning in class my students noticed immediately that this Jesus is very white and seems to be blue-eyed. Very astute.
Regardless of whether Jews and Muslims are offended, I can't understand why Christians aren't. This doesn't have anything to do with the Christ I want to keep in Christmas. This is just another plastic manifestation of a plastic faith passed off as a witnessing strategy.
Does anyone else think this looks like Val Kilmer?
Update: it appears that Toys for Tots is now going to accept the Jesus dolls saying the "issue has been resolved." My guess is that they'll hand them off to a Christian agency. Here's the article.
I still think this Jesus looks like Val Kilmer.