I blogged a few months ago about how tricky it can be to portray silly religious beliefs in fiction - I mean the really wacky come-off-it-folk-don't-believe-that sort of thing. So I'm always delighted to discover instances of out there in the real world idiocies which surpass the daftness of the family from hell of my novel The Snig's Foot. (Coming soon.)
Well, it looks like the Watchtower Society (i.e. Jehovah's Witnesses) have come up with a corker. Take a look at this one, folks, which someone has kindly you-tubed. It's clipped from a brand new DVD published by the Jehovah's Witnesses to help the faithful with the upbringing of their children.
Young Caleb comes home with a super plastic toy. It's Sparlock the Warrior Wizard. But his mum doesn't like it. Because Jehovah doesn't like magic, not even pretend magic. Sparlock will make Jehovah sad. And mad as well. So little Caleb has to bin his nice new toy.
This has got to be a parody, surely? Evidently not. There really are kids out there - thousands of them - being brought up on this garbage. I guess they won't be allowed to read Richard Dawkins's great book for kids, The Magic of Reality.
And now there's a footnote to add: The Sparlock video has been taken down - due to infringement of Watchtower copyright. Well, that pretty well confirms that it wasn't a parody. The goofiness is for real, folks!
A second footnote: Sparlock simply won't stay down - try this link