Last week while emptying my ever over flowing Google Reader I got caught up on Ariana's blog Becoming Mom and was reading her post about how the Berenstain Bears have recently dedicated their life to Christ and have a new set of books trying to convert other bears or whatever.
You can read Ariana's post and see what she thought about this new found religion the Bears have adopted.
But I was shocked to see how many other people shared her same sentiment that had she known about the "Christian" message she would not have read the book to her son.
I'm wondering if others out there feel the same way as she does. Like I said in my comment to her (which I totally apologize for all the weird typos. My cursor jumps A LOT and I have no idea why and I always realize it way late) there are a lot more important things to worry about exposing our kids to.
There are so many things that have underlying messages and support different causes and agendas that we might not always agree with but does that mean we put a stop to it?
My family went to a church way back in the day that banned Disney World & Land and all movies because reports came out that Disney only hired homosexuals (AND SO WHAT!) and there was also a ban put on Christmas at one point because of how commercialized it had become.
Obviously that is CRAZY talk, but kind of the same as the books don't you think?
Besides what's wrong with exposing your kids to different views and cultures?
When that movie The Golden Compass came out a few years ago there was all kinds of boycotting and Facebook groups dedicated to stop people from seeing this movie because the little girl tries (or does) kill God. I thought it was kind of silly. It's fiction right? But there we're many Christian parents who tried to get this movie banned.
But really I'm just wondering if you don't subscribe to a religion would you not read books or allow your kids to read books that the characters we're of a certain religious sect?
And does it bother you that these classic bears have now adopted a religious side?
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