Saying No to Jesus

Saying No to Jesus November 15, 2006

I thought it notable that I came across something in the Washington Post today that left me speechless (very unusual).

I am happy to report, however, that I’ve recovered and that I’m now searching for said product, as I could knock out a good portion of my Christmas list with its acquisition.

P.S. I know Jesus said all those things . . . but did he actually look like that?

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  • Chuck

    Yes, I think Jesus did look like that, but only just after He had taken a shower, trimmed His beard, and washed and ironed His clothes — so maybe two or three times a year.

  • Anonymous

    I much confess that I was first suprised by the size of the pecs, and then by the choice of a voice that sounds very much like Mr. Garrison on South Park.

  • Onajourney2b

    eh not according to the laughin jesus picture chuck…and he is british according to the old jesus video…

    hmm…in that case he looks like bob marley. ps can you send me an email with directions on how to add links?

    ps…tell mark i said sickem bears.

  • courtney

    I think the organization made the right decision in choosing not to distribute the doll. The marines are a part of the federal government, and I find it patently inappropriate for the gov’t to proselytize, even as part of a Christmas-inspired event. The separation of church and state should be maintained not only to protect those Jewish/Muslim/etc. families from undesired evangelistic intrusions by a public entity, but also to further the protection of the Christian faith against intrusion by the state. (Or usurpation by right wing nuts…)

    Off topic, but what are your thoughts about this:

    (He was my pastor at the church where I grew up… the note he left indicates the allegations were true. It’s been pretty devastating on a lot of levels – prayers are appreciated.)

    Sorry I haven’t been in church lately – I have a car now, so I’ve been commuting to my church in Baltimore. Hope you are doing well!

  • Amy

    Hey Courtney–responding to your comment here in the comments section in case anyone is confused about my opinion on this topic. I couldn’t agree more with the decision of the Marines. Part of my bafflement is the very thought that such a toy could be appropriately distributed through a government agency. But I do think I want one myself.

    As for the death of your former pastor, I am so sorry. I could feel my heart in my throat as I read the article. Pastors are real people with real struggles and being in the public eye is so difficult.

    And come back to church! I miss you!


  • Amy

    Still thinking about your former pastor, Courtney. Maybe reading this will help:

    Prayers for you and us all.


  • Amy

    Thanks to my source of up to the minute news, friend Carol, here’s the latest on the Jesus dolls:

    LOS ANGELES (AP) —The Marine Reserves’ Toys for Tots program has
    decided to accept a donation of Bible-quoting Jesus dolls, reversing
    course after saying earlier this week that it couldn’t take them.
    “The talking Jesus doll issue has been resolved,” the organization
    announced on its Web site Wednesday. “Toys for Tots has found
    appropriate places for these items. We have notified the donor of our
    willingness to handle this transaction.”
    The short note on the Web site did not explain what it would do with
    the dolls.
    Earlier this week, the program declined a suburban Los Angeles
    company’s offer to donate 4,000 of the foot-tall talking dolls. The
    battery-powered Jesus is one of several Bible-based dolls manufactured
    by one2believe, a division of the Valencia-based Beverly Hills Teddy
    Bear Co.
    In explaining the initial decision, Bill Grein, vice president of
    Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, in Quantico, Va., had said the
    program didn’t want to take the risk of offending a Jewish or Muslim
    family if they received a Jesus doll.
    Toys for Tots distributed 18 million stuffed animals, games, toy
    trucks and other gifts to children based on financial need in 2005.

  • Michael Westmoreland-White

    Jesus was probably much darker and I’m sure he never held his Jewish robe over his arm like a Roman toga.

  • Eric

    Is George Michael… Jesus?

  • Ann

    he he. I want one.