This weekend, our family made our first (and possibly last) visit to the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Lots of cool spy stuff, but one thing was very disturbing. About mid-way through the exhibit was a large door ajar through which everyone must pass to proceed into the next section. The door was labeled either Gateway to Hell or Doorway to Hell…something like that. We are a Christian family and needless to say, my young children were very uncomfortable passing through that doorway and didn’t want to go. I was shocked at the text on the door, which seemed totally out of context. There was nothing to do with Hell anywhere in the museum, so why was this sign on the door? After much consternation, we decided to proceed as I explained to the kids that this sign made me angry, was stupid and out of place, and that we would have to discuss the issue later. Interestingly, the very next exhibit was not horrific; it contained toys and memorabilia from old spy movies and TV shows. Then it hit me: museum guests (particularly the young) were being subliminally trained to believe that the pathway to Hell leads to fun! --- Why is this message being perpetrated on paying customers? What is a “Doorway to Hell” doing in a spy museum? Why should Christians, Jews, Muslims, and other people of faith have to go through that door? Families have few entertainment options these days that are wholesome and uplifting, and unfortunately the International Spy Museum doesn’t make the list because of this one issue. I am considering urging a boycott as a matter of principle until this issue is remedied -- simply take the sign off the door!
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