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Priest touches off anger after toy complaints

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest has touched off a controversy in Poland after news media quoted him describing toys like LEGO’s Monster Fighters as tools of Satan that lead children to the ‘‘dark side.’’

The Super Express tabloid quoted the Rev. Slawomir Kostrzewa urging parents to dump the LEGO series as well as Mattel’s Monster High. The remarks at a Sunday service in the town of Wolsztyn touched off discussion in predominantly Catholic Poland, which holds priests in high esteem.

Mainstream newspapers seized on the report, as did state radio. Parents took to Twitter to mock Kostrzewa.

At issue are the interlocking block toy’s fantasy figures, such as a vampire baring his teeth. The range includes characters like The Swamp Creature and The Werewolf.

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