This just in. The Associated Press is reporting that, after initially rejecting a donation of 4,000 Bible-quoting Jesus dolls, the Marine Reserves has about faced and will accept them for its Toys for Tots program after all.
According to the AP: “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.”
Initially the Marines-sponsored Toys for Tots program declined to accept the battery-powered, foot-tall Jesus dolls, fearing it might offend Jewish or Muslim families if they were on the receiving end.
Which begs the question: what does Jesus say?
At its website, the doll’s manufacturer, one2believe (a division of the Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Co.), provides the helpful description of the Jesus dolls (which retail at $19.95 each), along with product features and actual soundbites.
JESUS (According to the Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Co.)
Jesus was the most important person in history. Ever.
He was born in a manger, raised as a carpenter, and crucified on a cross. He healed the sick. He raised the dead. He fed five thousand men with two fish and five loaves of bread.
He was a revolutionary preacher and an extraordinary teacher who shook up the religious authority of that time.
Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth in the form of a man. When He died, He defeated death. He defeated sin. Belief in Him brings eternal life. There has never been nor will there ever be anyone like Jesus!