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VeggieTales: Why is There No Jesus Character or Crucifixion Episode?

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VeggieTales is:

an American series of children’s computer animated television shows, videos, and feature films featuring anthropomorphic fruits and vegetables in stories conveying moral themes based on Christian culture. The show is aimed at children aged three to eight. The episodes frequently retell and re-create Bible stories anachronistically reframed and include humorous references to pop culture.

Evangelicals LOVE VeggieTales. I am sure Evangelical readers who were either children in 1990s or raised children during that era are quite familiar with Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, Junior Asparagus, Laura Carrot, Petunia Rhubarb, and  other Veggie characters.  This is why the following find on Facebook caused me (and my wife) great amusement. Enjoy!

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    My kids loved Veggie Tales when they were little, and my husband and I can still sing the songs!

    What vegetable could represent Jesus anyway? Good point!

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    On this note, they should skewer larry to “kill” him, marinate him in brine for three days and on the third day he is resurrected as a pickle. Still larry, just now with extra flavoring.

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    We had them in our home too. Hairbrush song. Think that was my favourite. Also, something to do with a peach? Hey, a peach is not a veggie.

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    You know, I recall reading somewhere that one of the mothers of one of the VeggieTales creators made her son promise never to show Jesus as a vegetable. And said son, in a desire to keep that promise, never did show that. But they do show Jesus, as a human, in their Easter Carol episode. Which the Christian viewers don’t question, but to cradle atheist viewers, like me, who still don’t believe in any gods whatsoever, that makes zero sense – like, did the veggies have false memories or something? Because how on earth do they see this human Jesus, healing humans, and not wonder why creatures like themselves aren’t depicted as the most major figure of the religion they practice? Well, I can only say it was because that show was made by Christians.

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