The Daily Telegraph reports that a Polish priest has warned parents to be on their guard against Lego, warning the plastic blocks are a tool of Satan and can "destroy" children's souls.
No surprises that there’s a New Zealand connection to this kind of rubbish.
In a presentation aimed at parents, Father Slawomir Kostrzewa said the popular Danish toy company had taken a lurch to the dark side with its series of Monster Fighters and Zombie mini-figures, and that they "were about darkness and the world of death".
"Facial expressions may be lead to confusion between good and evil," said Father Kostrzewa. "It appears the good suffer in battle and the 'villains' have a face showing satisfaction with their evil deeds."
Well yes, the good do suffer in battle and baddies are usually happy to make people suffer. Nothing startling there.
The priest also cited research by New Zealand's University of Canterbury that found the facial expressions of Lego figures have also become angrier over the years, and that this compounded their evil potential.
Is there nothing safe from the modern world’s endemic disease of catastrophising? If it’s not the IPCC proclaiming the end is nigh because of Climate Change, despite there being no evidence of global warming for 14 years now, it’s some religious nutter or New Zealand academic (aren’t they the same thing?) proclaiming even the most benign toy is ‘evil’. Makes you wonder if New Zealand isn’t the home of the long, white shroud.