Visiting the Christian Publications bookstore off Times Square recently, I was jarred to discover that the Easter candy display included a selection of chocolate crosses. Apparently I'm not the only one who finds this more than a little offensive; a spokesman for the Roman Catholic diocese in Bridgeport, Conn., told MSNBC, "The cross should be venerated, not eaten, nor tossed casually in an Easter basket beside the jelly beans and marshmallow Peeps."
Just as troubling were the candy-cross necklaces on display (above). Call me a conspiracy theorist, but all I could think was that they seemed like a sick attempt to teach Protestant kids not to take rosaries seriously. But even if I'm wrong, who teaches kids to eat a cross? Really!