Saturday, November 3, 2007

Is a talking Jesus doll a good idea?

A talking Jesus doll is being manufactured by Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Co.’s Biblical doll unit, One2Believe, and quotes 5 bible verses. The line of dolls is called “Messengers of Faith” and is intended to be teaching tools for parents and teachers.

The dolls have been on sale via the Internet for over two years, but it wasn’t until Wal-Mart began putting them on store shelves in the middle of October 2007 that people started to really take notice. This is the first time that the retail heavyweight has carried a full line of religious toys.

The battery-powered, button-activated doll is able to recite a handful of different bible verses and the story of Jesus feeding the multitudes with five loaves and two fish. It also comes with a booklet giving parents tips on how to shape a child's faith.

Whether Jesus and the other faith based dolls will be big sellers remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, the dolls have been selling out fast since the controversy over whether Wal-Mart should carry them started.

I’ve seen children play with other action figures; Jesus may suffer more abuse than he did at the hands of Pontius Pilate. I have to wonder if this wasn’t as bad an idea as the “Pope Soap on a Rope.”

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