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Polish Priest Says Legos are Evil

From the same people that brought you gay Teletubbies and Disney movies that turn your kids over to Satan comes a brand new ridiculous bit of fear-mongering. A Catholic priest in Poland has declared that Legos are evil and turn kids on to “sin and occultism.”

Father Slawomir Kostrzewa of Poland has warned that Legos have become a Satanic threat. New angry facial expressions on Lego characters, as well as the supernatural themes in the “Monster Fighters” series, could “destroy children’s souls.” For decades, religious conservatives have warned the public about the spiritual dangers of everything from comic books to Dungeons & Dragons. Paradoxically, culture warriors like Fr. Kostrzewatarget products not just because they perceive them to be evil but because they depict a supernatural battle between good and evil. Fr. Kostrzewa may see himself as a warrior defending the innocent from evil, but when the same cosmic battle is portrayed in children’s blocks, it’s regarded as demonic distortion. In this sense, moral crusaders demonstrate alienation from their own cosmology of spiritual warfare.

Like so many others, Fr Kostrzewa, who has previously warned about the spiritual dangers of such children’s products as Hello Kitty and My Little Pony, makes such claims to help establish his authority as an “expert in evil.” These would-be experts in evil often seek to appropriate the cultural authority of the medical establishment by alluding to psychological studies. Fr. Kostrzewa, for instance, pointed to a 2013 study by a Dr. Christoph Bartneck, a professor of technology, who noted that the faces of Lego characters have become more diverse and now include a variety of angry expressions which, Kostrzewa argued, serve to warp the moral understanding of children by portraying evil characters that appear happy and good characters that appear sad. The message to children, according to Kostrzewa, is that sin and occultism is pleasurable and fun despite the fact that Dr. Bartneck has rejected this interpretation as a distortion of his research. While Kostrzewa’s claims have been mocked in Poland, at least some Poles have taken them seriously, with one woman expressing her belief that Legos have a connection to the Church of Satan.

This concern about the facial expressions of Lego characters is part of a broader claim made by religious conservatives about popular culture. “Monster Fighters” Legos as well as horror movies, role-playing games (RPGs), and the other pop culture artifacts accused of luring children into the occult, all feature a supernatural battle between good and evil that is largely derived from Christianity itself. Yet the very people most invested in such a worldview see these narratives not as a reinforcement of their views but as a demonic counterfeit that somehow blurs the lines between good and evil.

So a guy who worships a God who allegedly drowned virtually the entire world, babies and animals and all, and then sent them to hell where their flesh would be burned for eternity thinks Legos are the evil thing? You know what I think is evil? Telling children that they’re born filthy sinners and they’ll burn in hell if they don’t believe in something.

Comments

  1. Artor says

    Let’s hope that more & more people react to paranoid fucktards like Fr. Kostrzewa by pointing and laughing at the absurd bullshit they think is real.

  2. Abby Normal says

    His reasoning may be terrible, but I’ve stepped on those little plastic caltrops too often to disagree with his conclusion.

  3. says

    Having stepped on more than a few Legos late at night, I can agree that they are sometimes evil, but I don’t think that his definition of “evil” and mine are at all related.

    His real issue is that Legos encourage kids to use their imagination. Imagination and thinking are what is anathema here.

  4. steve78b says

    Its not LEGOS…. its CONNEX…..they’re eeeeeeeevvvviiiiiiiiiiiilllllllllllllllllll

    fighting them in my house now….. as soon as I finish this bourbon….

    …. and this scotch….

  5. jeevmon says

    Sounds like there’s someone to guest host Bryan Fischer’s 60 Minutes Hate or whatever his show is called.

  6. oranje says

    To be fair, since they started turning the faces on the minifigs into a free-for-all, I’ve detected little hints of evil.

    Or maybe that’s because the only time I have to play with Legos is around 3am and I’m exhausted. Meh, either way you cut it, this priest has too much time on his hands.

  7. raven says

    From the same people that brought you gay Teletubbies and Disney movies that turn your kids over to Satan comes a brand new ridiculous bit of fear-mongering.

    It’s like they aren’t even trying any more. Most people know more about their religion than they do.

    1. The latest evil movie is the wildly popular Disney movie, Frozen. I’m not sure why but I’m sure Pat Robertson, Brian Fischer, or Rick Wiles knows.

    2. They left off the gayest of gay characters!!! Barney the Purple dinosaur.

    3. And just where are the Muppets and Sesame Street?

    4. Tinkerbell is an out Fairy. (And also my favorite Disney character.)

    5. Thor is a Pagan god and also a highly successful movie character. Can’t get much more nonxian than that.

    6. Who is next? Satan and demons are like busses. There is always another one coming along.

  8. gertzedek says

    Fr. Kostrzewa, for instance, pointed to a 2013 study by a Dr. Christoph Bartneck, a professor of technology, who noted that the faces of Lego characters have become more diverse and now include a variety of angry expressions which, Kostrzewa argued, serve to warp the moral understanding of children by portraying evil characters that appear happy and good characters that appear sad.

    Because all the good people in the Christian Bible are totally, 100% happy. I must be thinking of another religion where their savior gets horrifically executed for the world’s good.

  9. raven says

    Christian radio host: Disney’s ‘Frozen’ is Satanic tool for …
    www. rawstory. com/…/christian-radio-host-disneys-frozen-is-satanic-tool-…‎

    Mar 10, 2014 – Disney movie ‘Frozen’ [Facebook] … do something really, really, really evil to 5- and 6- and 7-year-olds in Christian families around America?

    Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Will Teach Kids To Be Gay And Is The Work
    www. huffingtonpost.c om/…/frozen-disney-kevin-swanson-gay-_n_4937…‎

    Mar 11, 2014 – Disney’s animated smash “Frozen” doesn’t have many fans among the right-wing conservative crowd. … PHOTO: Republicans Will HATE This New Yorker Cover 2K …. many Christians are taking their kids off to see the movie ‘Frozen,’ … “I’m guessing the majority of American parents don’t want their little …

    FYI!!!

    The wildly popular movie Frozen, is a satantic plot, and teaches kids to be gay and bestiality. Almost makes me want to watch it.

    This Polish priest is so far behind the times he probably still thinks Vampires and Werewolves are real.

  10. says

    In the eighties we belonged to a very liberal, enlightened Episcopal Church. There were, however, a few nutjobs. One of them was my five-year-old son’s Sunday School teacher. She once told the class that the Smurfs were satanic. She explained that the Smurfs were blue and dead people were blue, so they were some sort of zombies. My son stood up and said, “That is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.” He then walked out of the class and never went back. I commended him for his actions.

  11. Michael Heath says

    Ed writes:

    You know what I think is evil? Telling children that they’re born filthy sinners and they’ll burn in hell if they don’t believe in something.

    I’ve long argued it’s also evil to celebrate the supposed existence and nature of such a god.

  12. Lofty says

    Yup, the Pole Cat is right. 50 odd years after discovering Lego I am still an atheist. Definitely evil, that.

  13. RickR says

    I played with Legos as a kid. Lincoln Logs, too. But it was the Lincoln Logs that turned me gay. I’m sure of it.

  14. tbp1 says

    @#4:

    Indeed. At the risk of getting too serious and / or invoking Godwin’s law, there’s a reason the German death camps were in Poland.

  15. Roger says

    For additional irony points, the Monster Fighter series was the one year theme for 2013. It’s discontinued now. This year it’s Galaxy Squad. Probably just as sinful since it’s about people in space, which we all know is impossible since the only thing above the Earth is the dome of Heaven, not space.

  16. dingojack says

    RickR – ‘Lincoln Logs made you gay?’
    Don’t tell me — You’re a [gay] Republican voter, amirite?. ;)
    DIngo

  17. dingojack says

    Glad this priest has never heard of the Australian children’s classic The Magic Pudding, his head would spin around (then he’d vomit a few galleons of pea-soup)… and wait and see his reaction to the author’s other works. ;)
    :D Dingo
    ————
    From FoAW:

    Wanting to see the world, Bunyip Bluegum the koala sets out on his travels, taking only a walking stick. At about lunchtime, feeling more than slightly peckish, he meets Bill Barnacle the sailor and Sam Sawnoff the penguin who are eating a pudding. The pudding is a magic one which, no matter how much one eats it, always reforms into a whole pudding again. He is called Albert, has thin arms and legs and is a bad-tempered, ill-mannered so-and-so into the bargain. His only pleasure is being eaten and on his insistence, Bill and Sam invite Bunyip to join them for lunch. They then set off on the road together, Bill explaining to Bunyip how he and Sam were once shipwrecked with a ship’s cook on an iceberg where the cook created the pudding which they now own”.

    [Emphasis mine]

  18. Moggie says

    I don’t know whether LEGO is evil, but leaving a kid alone with LEGO is safer than leaving them alone with a Catholic priest.

  19. puppygod says

    @26

    Indeed. At the risk of getting too serious and / or invoking Godwin’s law, there’s a reason the German death camps were in Poland.

    Yes. There is a reason. Most of them were located in what is now Poland because this is where people to put into them were. Seriously, do you also blame Abu Ghraib on Iraquis?

  20. dingojack says

    puppygod – except for all those who weren’t in Poland (Jewish populations. Tabled at the Wannsee Conference.)
    I would say it was more of a case of ‘what the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over’, or perhaps more brutally, “I ask nothing of the Jews except that they should disappear.” – Hans Frank.
    Dingo

  21. valhar2000 says

    “expert in evil.”

    This I can believe; the Catholic Church certainly knows a fair bit about evil.

  22. dingojack says

    OBTW – It has a singular construction: ‘LEGO’ (from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means “play well”).
    Dingo
    ——–
    * perhaps that Polish priest meant Italian sauces were evil (well, it is promoted by the socialist Gough Whitlam).

  23. Stacy says

    This guy is bucking to become a script writer for Jack Chick

    No way. He’s Catholic. Jack Chick thinks they’re Satanists.

    It would be sort of fun to watch Chick and this guy argue. A verbal cage match between religious paranoiacs. Maybe they’d forget their differences and bond over their fear of children’s toys.

  24. caseloweraz says

    I’d watch that match. For extra yucks (for extra bucks?) throw in the Mullah who claims women cause earthquakes by exposing their bosoms.

  25. caseloweraz says

    Religion Dispatches: Father Slawomir Kostrzewa of Poland has warned that Legos have become a Satanic threat. New angry facial expressions on Lego characters, as well as the supernatural themes in the “Monster Fighters” series, could “destroy children’s souls.”

    But what of Minecraft?

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