It was bad enough when we would just watch the Duggar family on TLC, with their blatant disregard for birth control and empty-eyed assertions that having 19 kids was following God’s plan. Now they’re trying to push their faith on their impressionable young fans, by having eighth child Josiah Duggar shill for a “fun online game” called Makaziville. It’s like Farmville, only more racist: You bring the Word of God to an African village. [tagbox tag="the-duggar-family"]
In a “safe and fun” online environment, you get to build your own village, because the Africans (Makazians?) can’t do it themselves. This noble fake-building, plus your daily devotions and games you can play from the comfort of your Macbook Pro, will translate the Bible into the “mother tongue” of “the more than 2,000 people groups, or 340 million people, still living without the Scriptures in their heart language.”
Those are actual quotes from a profile in Charisma magazine, which has more information on The Seed Company, the group who’s actually funding this translation. Here’s the trailer, found on the Duggars’ site:
Poor little Josiah. He likely got roped into this since his future vocation is Missionary, according to the Discovery website. Then again, some research shows that Makaziville isn’t the first product to which he’s lent his famous face. The 15-year-old is also a representative for CollegePrep, a dual credit system for homeschooled kids that earns them transferrable college credit. What’s funny is that on the official CollegePrep site, he’s identified just as “Josiah D.,” as if he’s just another normal kid, but an interview on the site makes note of his uniquely busy life.
Our hopes that Jim Bob and Michelle would be satisfied with cashing in just on their kids’ existence, and not feel the need to pimp them out in other ways, are dashed.