Friday, December 10, 2010

Salvation Army Grinches Out On Harry Potter

The Salvation Army is refusing to pass Harry Potter toys onto needy kids this Christmas because "The Salvation Army is based on Christian principles, so these things are not in line with those". But they have no qualms with war toys -- like the plastic M-16 which was accepted from the same donor who got a 'no thanks' on Harry Potter action figures.

So how far do you go? Should they ban guns too? Should they ban superhero toys for promoting the worship of false idols? How about an embargo on Star Wars toys because aliens are really demons according to some Christians? And don't even go there with Yoga Barbie...

I'm sure you could come up with sound theological reasons to ban almost any toy and just leave rocks for kids to play with. So maybe we should quit with the abstruse theological hoo-ha and just get on with helping those less fortunate than ourselves? That's a much simpler "Christian principle" I'd have thought.


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