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.
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”.
“Friendly fellows have been replaced by dark monsters,” he explained. “These toys can have a negative effect on children. They can destroy their souls and lead them to the dark side.”
Lego’s Monster Fighters range features Lord Vampyre, a fanged Dracula-like character, who battles the likes of Doctor Rodney Rathbone and Major Quinton Steele as they try to prevent him from “cloaking the world in darkness”.
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.
“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.”
But the claims that Lego blocks are becoming the work of the devil was dismissed by at least one expert.
Father Kostrzewa’s attack on Lego is not the first time he has accused toys of harbouring evil. Hello Kitty and My Little Pony have also come under his scrutiny, with the latter being described as a “carrier of death”.
Lego was unavailable for comment.
… Speaking in a Lent service directed at parents in the Polish town of Wolsztyn, Father Slawomir Kostrzewa mourned the lost innocence of the hugely popular Danish toy.
He said that until recently, Lego bricks represented a “very desirable toy for children, because of their educational value”.
But he decried the new Lego Monster Fighters range, which features “evil” characters including Lord Vampyre, The Ghosts, The Werewolf, The Swamp Creature and the completely non-derivative Crazy Scientist’s Monster.
“Friendly fellows have been replaced by dark monsters,” Father Kostrzewa explained. …
It may be that Satan, is a product of syncretism. A satan (accuser or adversary) was a sort of prosecuting attorney at a time when there were not laws as we know them. The weak human ego may have an inability to accept that we are not “pure” inherently good beings, that we are each, in truth, a mixed bag. Satan or demons, in this light, may be seen not entities, but as urges or behaviors. Satan is the human behavior of lashing out in greed, fear, lust, hate, etc. not due to supernatural demonic possession, but due to lack of self-awareness and emotional intelligence that allows good decisions.
Legos? Sure, anything can be a tool of Satan if you ignore your own mind’s inner workings.