Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
these dolls are not toys but tools with which to indoctrinate children into the Christian faith
Then I have to ask...who does the indoctrination? Do the children, upon seeing a Jesus doll, suddenly become overwhelmed to be a part of Christianity? Do they jump up and scream, "I believe!!!"?
You are right, grinch. They are TOOLS for a parent to use, should they choose to. If they choose not to, then toss 'em in the dump. TV is filled with religious services and sermons every Sunday. That's also a tool. If you don't want your child exposed to it, you simply don't turn on that station. How much simpler can it be? You don't berate the station for putting it on...you just ignore it. BY what you have said here, you despise ANY organization that would attempt to influence for religion's sake, so you must despise all of those programs, too, which bring church services into your home. You must also be against any radio station that would play "We Three Kings of Orient Are", or "Oh, Holy Night" around Christmas on stations that your child may be exposed to.
Your Trojan Horse comparison is a little weak. Let's make a more comparable comparison. The wooden horse gets wheeled into your city and you open it. Inside there are soldiers. The leader of the soldiers says, "Take us out, arm us, and allow us to murder, ravage and pillage your city". You can either do so or shut the hatch and keep them away from you. What do you do? A religious doll is not a soldier who is going to cut your son's throat, nor is it Chucky in "Child's Play", who has the power to overtake your son's soul and turn him into a monster. As you stated, it's only a tool for you to use as a parent, should you choose to do so. If not, then just go back to your original statement and toss it in the dump and let it go. There are enough things in the world to show disdain for or despise than choosing a religious toy company giving out religious gifts for underpriviledged children, wouldn't you say?
Oh, and your comparison to drugs borders on the incredible. I read somewhere that drugs are addictive. You don't pass them out "in the hopes" someone will get hooked. You pass them out to INSURE someone gets hooked, which will turn them into junkies, which will destroy their families, earnings,health and lives and lead them to jail. If you feel exposure to a religious doll will cause the same damage, you have pole-vaulted over Ron and LR for the crown of the king of amazing comparisons