I never saw our kids do this with Legos. Maybe I was naive.
According to an article in the Christian Post, “Sam’s Club stores are no longer selling The Brick Bible: A New Spin on The Old Testament, which tells Bible stories through 1,400 images of toy Lego pieces, after ‘numerous concerns’ were received about some of the book’s content.”
Sam’s Clubs stores said they were responding to complaints from parents who found many of the Lego depictions of Bible stories objectionable. The Lego dioramas in the book portray nudity, sex, and violence (well, Lego nudity, sex, and violence) that many find too graphic for children.
The book’s illustrator, Brendan Powell Smith, says he was not necessarily creating a book for young children, despite the use of Lego blocks. “From the start, my goal was to create an illustrated Bible that stood out from all others – not just because it was illustrated in LEGO, but because I would be using only direct quotes of scripture to retell the stories just as the Bible tells them. I also endeavored not to water down the stories or censor them for content. If it was in the Bible, my thinking was, it was worth illustrating. That decision has meant, though, that not everyone considers The Brick Testament appropriate for all children, since the Bible is chock full of graphic violence throughout, and contains a few stories with sexual content.”
He has stated he thinks it should be up to parents whether or not they share The Brick Bible with their children.
Smith also claims that his publisher offered to remove any sexual illustrations from the book at the request of representatives from Sam’s Club and Walmart.
You can view the illustrations and access books, posters, and other materials that use his Lego art at “The Brick Testament”.
[Psst…Wait ’til you see Bathsheba. Va va va voom! Hottest Lego chick I’ve seen.]
There is a clear content notice on the site that reads:
- CONTENT NOTICE -
The Bible contains material some may consider morally objectionable and/or inappropriate for children. These labels identify stories containing:
= nudity = sexual content = violence = cursing
Question: Why don’t publishers post the same notice on the covers of regular print Bibles?