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Comment: Is it true that Precious Moments creator Sam Butcher is a
registered sex offender? This is a rumor that has floated around southwest
Missouri for some years. I checked the Missouri registry and didn't find
him listed, but I don't think he actually lives in Missouri anymore, and I
don't know which state to check next.

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Sex offender or not, these little things surely are creepy - hydrocephalus is my diagnosis.

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I've lived in Southwest MO for my whole entire life, and I've never heard that rumor.
I might be wrong, but if the crime was commited before a certain date (like 20 years ago, and they haven't re-offended) aren't certain sex offenders not required to register, if it's been long enough since they commited the act? Like an ex post facto clause or some such? Or am I crazy?
Oh, and Vinni, I agree. Creepy to the max.

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Originally posted by Vinnichanka:
Sex offender or not, these little things surely are creepy - hydrocephalus is my diagnosis.

Hydrocephalics of the world may take offense at being associated with the little glurge factories. [Wink]

That said, my mom is a collector of the stupid things. Must have 400 or so. It makes for easy gifts (just find one sappy enough to work), but they wear on you after a while.

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That said, my mom is a collector of the stupid things. Must have 400 or so. It makes for easy gifts (just find one sappy enough to work), but they wear on you after a while.


My paternal grandmother, quite possibly the most evil person I've had the misfourtune to come across, dutifully collected the evil little things. As a result, everytime I see some I'm immediately filled with unease, and a vague sense of impending doom.

This might be a good time to bring up the lovely chapel dedicated to them, as reported by Roadside America. I imagine if there could be a personal hell for me, that could be it.

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Oh, that would be a trip to the eighth circle of Hell... [Eek!]

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I think I'm going to have nightmares now. [Eek!]

ETA: Oh, I guess they didn't want me hotlinking the pic. It was the one of the giant Precious Moment costumed person attempting to destroy and devour innocent children.

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Is it possible to have daymares? That chapel is frightening. I never understood the attraction of the Precious Moments figurines. I'm glad to see I'm not alone.

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My MIL collects those evil onion-headed things. Gah.

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Dogpile: "sam butcher"+"Precious Moments"+"offender"

quote:
1. The Turner Report
Precious Moments creator Sam Butcher told Chicago Daily Herald business writer Mike ... 6 Jackson County decision, which upheld the sex offender registry. ...
www.rturner229.blogspot.com/ [Found on Google]
2. January 12, 1995 House Activity Register
HB57: OFFENDER COMMITTED TO DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS MUST SERVE 80% OF SENTENCE ... HR26: SAM BUTCHER CREATOR OF THE PRECIOUS MOMENTS LINE OF COLLECTIBLE ...
www.house.state.mo.us/bills95/actreg95/011295.htm [Found on Google]
3. The Turner Report
... Part of the probation deal was that Goddard was to go through a sexual offender treatment program ... working with creator Sam Butcher to develop the Precious Moments line, which later ...
rturner229.blogspot.com/2004_10_01_rturner229_arch... [Found on Yahoo!]



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For those of you whose family members collect them, look on the bright side: makes Christmas and birthday shopping a helluva lot easier!
But, gads a whole church?!
The money one could make if he set up a concession stand selling barf bags and Pepto Bismo to people who hate PMs, but were dragged along by PM-loving spouses!
Edited to add: the PM figurines remind me of the "Love Is..." figures that were popular during--when else?--the 1970s.

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Ugh...
I'm shuddering so much I can barely type...

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Me and my sisters bought a few Precious Moments for our mother on Mother's Day and her birthdays when we were little kids. We thought that she liked them, and we felt like such good kids getting these "expensive" ceramic collectibles for our mom. She confessed to me just a few months ago that she hated them and wished we hadn't bought them for her, but she didn't know how to tell us that because we were just kids.

I wonder how many people wind up with the things because of misunderstandings like that? [Razz]

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I was dragged to that chapel once about 6 years ago. To this day just the word precious whispered by my husband or myself causes us to shudder. In the tour they go on and on about "the artist" (as he is constantly referred to), they liken one room with some crappy, sparse painting on the ceiling to the Sistine Chapel. The longer I was there the wierder it got. The worst was how the "curator" went on and on about it being the artist's gift to God, but the last room had a big donation box and a speech about donating "to continue to allow it to be free." I thought it was his gift to God? I've been told you now must pay to see the chapel.

For another fee, you could go to an island complete with a village and those horrid big-headed costume people. IIRC it was about $20 in 1999.

I used to just dislike Precious Moments, now I'm almost morally against them.

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quote:
Originally posted by Vesta:
This might be a good time to bring up the lovely chapel dedicated to them, as reported by Roadside America. I imagine if there could be a personal hell for me, that could be it.

Vesta [/QB]

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At the back wall of the Chapel is its defining mural, Hallelujah Square. It depicts a new dead child being welcomed to heaven by Timmy Angel. Other dead children angels hold signs saying "Welcome To Your Heavenly Home." The sign with "Welcome" written on it is held wrong side up, as cute children will sometimes do. Others in Hallelujah Square romp and frolic. In the exact center of the mural is a ministering Christ. He is the only adult depicted in the chapel.

The effect of the work (including a Michelangelo-like painted ceiling) on the assembled crowd is haunting. No babies cry ("They never do," says our guide.) Adults looking at the cartoons are stock still.

This was, by far, the most disturbing room. The reason I was stock still was from the overwhelming gastliness of the whole thing. It was like being vomited on by glurge; it clung to me, smelling of cheap perfume, my eyes blinded by the pastel chunks. And everyone else seemed to find it inspiring. I felt like the only sane person in the room, but about to slip b/c something about it all still made me want to cry. Mob mentality or just glurge overload? I'm still not sure.

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my "blanky" had precious moments kids on it. I loved the precious moments growing up because of this. I still kinda like them, but the large amount of religous content has made me lose most of my love for those big eyed children.

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