But the fact remains the same. There are a lot of stories out there that are gruesome for children and are in fact as gruesome as the Bible Stories. It is good to point out how bad that book is. But to act like it is worse than everything else out there for kids is also wrong. That just isn't true. And my own personal experience is that the bible stories aren't even that bad for kids.
I agree jwundubbed.
There are many valid issues over which we can take JW organization to task. But to posit JW organization's childrens literature as somehow worse than non-JW children's literature is nonsense.
Yes, I can acknowledge some children may become upset about the "Bible's" message contained in JW organization's children's literature - but that is also to acknowledge the Bible can be an upsetting book for some children.
The crucial variable is guidance from parents and caregivers - just as parents and caregivers may reassure children about the wider context of the Brothers Grimm childrens' stories. Some have argued that the difference is that fairy stories are "obviously" untrue, whilst JW children's literature is promoted as "the truth". As I stated earlier, to children the distinction is irrelevant - because they can be freaked out by horrible messages in old stories such as Red Riding Hood and jack and the Beanstalk etc. In addition, messages within stories are also key:
For example, in JW children's literature a repeated theme is God's "goodness", "patience" and "love" for humankind and children are not left wondering how to make Jehovah happy. Propaganda yes - and a dubious message about compliance. But that is quite different from painting JW children's literature as uniquely violent in content for young readers.