1) The creation of a "Talking Jesus" doll in the first place. (although now I am sort of morbidly curious as to what kind of voice they used. i'm having horrible auditory flashbacks to my old Speak N Spell)
2) Attempting to donate them to a state-based charity and then acting surprised when they tell you actually, that's kind of over the line, there, with that whole "favoring one religion over another," proselytizing thing.
Michael La Roe, director of business development for both companies, said the charity's decision left him "surprised and disappointed."
The idea was for them to be three-dimensional teaching tools for kids," La Roe said. "I believe as a churchgoing person, anyone can benefit from hearing the words of the Bible."
pics of the dolls here.
the fingers can "gasp and hold," which is kind of cool: even the hands talk! or something.
not sure what they're supposed to hold, though, sadly. (does it come with miniature loaves and fishes?) somehow the idea of a twelve-inch Jesus clinging to someone's finger as they dangle it in the air is, well, kind of depressing me, strangely enough.
they also have a Moses; he's a bit Wallace-and-Gromit-esque, somehow. Something about the eyes...they're a bit too close-set...
via the lj community Dark Christianity: Exploring and Exposing Dominionist Christianity
--update! if you click on the verses, you can get an MP3 recording of the voice.
...oh. oh. i dunno. -that's- Jesus? somehow i never imagined Him sounding quite so much like the computer in 2001...