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Old 29 March 2013, 12:54 AM
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Icon215 Praying for candy

Comment: A story I have heard and read through the years about praying for
candy in communist schools. The teacher in a communist country asks the
kids to ask God for candy. When God fails to materialize candy the teacher
then tells the kids to ask the great leader (Stalin, Mao, Castro, etc.)
for candy and candy is then given to the kids. The lesson being that the
great leader (Stalin, Mao, Castro, etc.) not God cares about children.

During the Cold War this story was told by American conservatives and
fundamentalist Christians as example of communist hostility toward
religion. Is it true or should I ask was it ever true?
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Old 29 March 2013, 01:01 AM
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Isn't that a scene from a play?
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Old 29 March 2013, 04:06 PM
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I went to elementary school in Soviet Union and we most definitely were not asked to pray for candy. The whole thing sounds ridiculous.
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Old 29 March 2013, 04:18 PM
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It's a scene from James Clavell's short story "The Children's Story," which was adapted into a one-act play. My high school drama club staged it -- a good friend of mine played New Teacher.

The story doesn't identify the regime under which it happens as Communist, although it's clearly totalitarian.

This might surprise some people:

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Clavell's own commentary[citation needed] tells how he was inspired to write this story after a talk with his six-year-old daughter just home from school. His daughter, Michaela, was explaining how she had learned the Pledge of Allegiance, and he was struck by the thought that, though she had memorized the pledge, she had no idea what many of the words meant.

Clavell finishes by writing:

During that day I asked all kinds of people of every age, “You know the 'I pledge allegiance...', but before I could finish, at once they would all parrot it, the words almost always equally blurred. In every case, I discovered that not one teacher, ever — or anyone — had ever explained the words to any one of them. Everyone just had to learn it to say it. The Children's Story came into being that day. It was then that I realized how completely vulnerable my child's mind was — any mind for that matter — under controlled circumstances. Normally I write and rewrite and re-rewrite, but this story came quickly — almost by itself. Barely three words were changed. It pleases me greatly because it keeps asking me questions... Questions like what’s the use of 'I pledge allegiance' without understanding? Like why is it so easy to divert thoughts and implant others? Like what is freedom and why is it so hard to explain? The Children’s Story keeps asking me all sorts of questions I cannot answer. Perhaps you can — then your children will...
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Old 29 March 2013, 11:28 PM
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We had some bible basher come to our school (in Australia) during the late 70s. She was part of a group promoting religion by printing pamphlets in Russian which were sealed in clear plastic bags and dropped off the coast of Russia. The bags also contained a drinking straw to provide buoyancy, and a piece of candy or gum to encourage people to open the packet.
We were told, (and were silly enough to believe), that "there's no candy in Russia".
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We were told, (and were silly enough to believe), that "there's no candy in Russia".
Just out of curousity was she American and use the term "Candy" or did she say lollies and you translated.
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Old 31 March 2013, 12:26 AM
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Just out of curousity was she American and use the term "Candy" or did she say lollies and you translated.
I thought lollies were the name you use for a particular type of candy, hard candy. Does lollies = candy?
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Old 31 March 2013, 12:39 AM
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I thought lollies were the name you use for a particular type of candy, hard candy. Does lollies = candy?
It's almost 40 years, so I am not sure if she was American. But it was an American based charity so she may have used the term candy. We would of course have referred to them as lollies which we use for almost all confectionery.
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Default This is a scene from "Europa, Europa."

I saw this in a movie called Europa, Europa.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europa_Europa
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Sorta sounds similar to the UL about the professor who demanded that god keep the chalk from breaking when he dropped it. Without the 'miracle' of course.
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Default Here's a hyperlink to the scene from "Europa, Europa."

This scene from "Europa, Europa" on YouTube is called "Beloved comrade Stalin, send us candy".

https://youtu.be/Ufa-d4gfIzk
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