The Electric Commentary

Friday, January 21, 2005

Some day I hope to live in a country

where Spongebob is free to marry Tinky Winky. From Ed Brayton:

First it was Jerry Falwell publicly claiming that Tinky Winky was gay; then a bunch of "pro-family" groups actually claimed that the animated movie A Shark's Tale was encouraging kids to be transvestites; now it's James Dobson's turn, taking aim at Spongebob Squarepants. His spokesman says that a new video by the We Are Family Foundation, featuring about 100 cartoon characters dancing to the song We Are Family to encourage tolerance and caring for one another, is "an insidious means by which the organisation is manipulating and potentially brainwashing kids."

Yeah, what could be more insidious than encouraging kids to be tolerant and caring? Come on, what's next, loving their neighbor? Turning the other cheek? Why, that would be downright Christ-like and we can't have that, can we? The video, it should be added, doesn't even
mention homosexuality, or sexuality at all. It was created after 9/11 by Nile Rodgers (a brilliant musician, songwriter and producer, by the way. He was the force behind a lot of great albums, most notably Steve Winwood's Higher Love) to help urge people to think beyond the easy stereotypes that allow us to demonize people we see as Them and, ultimately, to do things like flying airplanes into buildings and kill innocent people. How horrible! How insidious!



  • Hey Paul, while I am not familiar with this too much, and do not always agree with Dr. Dobson, I am sensitive to the continued barrage of criticism conservative Christians get for standing up for Christian values. Below is a copy of more info on this situation that might help explain Dobson's criticisms. While you may disagree with the claim that homosexual acts are not "normal" or to be celebrated as "diversity", there can be no doubt that many forms of covert politically correct brainwashing on this issue permeate society. This was true at my former employer, is true at law school, and no doubt has infiltrated primary school "tolerance training." The moral status of homosexual acts is quite clear for Bible-believing Christians. We have no beef with tolerance generally, only with politically correct tolerance that requires affirming the goodness of that which God has said is not good. Whether you agree with the moral claim is another question.

    Copied comments:

    So the blog world is abuzz with the attack on SpongeBob by religious conservatives. Even many conservative bloggers are sneering that Dobson needs to find a new cause. But blogger Bill Cork is dead on when he writes that it's not Dobson that's fallen off his rocker.... It's the MSM that continually tries to paint religious conservatives as nuts.

    Bottom line: Religious conservatives are not calling SpongeBob gay. They are attacking a video (remake of the song "We Are Family" that features cartoon characters) that liberals are trying to shove into schools to promote "tolerance" and "diversity." Take a look at the website and you'll find that (according to Cork):

    "The song itself is about multiculturalism and diversity. But some things on the WAFF webpage go further, including a Tolerance Pledge which says, "I pledge to have respect for people whose abilities, beliefs, culture, race, sexual identity or other characteristics are different from my own."

    There is a Teacher's Guide on the webpage, Writing for Change: Raising Awareness of Difference, Power, & Discrimination. One section is entitled, Uncovering Attitudes About Sexual Orientation. Its objectives: "Introduce the concepts of homophobia and compulsory heterosexuality. Analyze and discuss the effects these forces exert in students' lives."

    Then take a look at their definitions (listed in the "Writing for Change" lesson plan):

    "Homophobia: Thoughts, feelings, or actions based on fear, dislike, judgment, or hatred of gay men and lesbians/of those who love and sexually desire those of the same sex. Homophobia has roots in sexism and can include prejudice, discrimination, harassment, and acts of violence.

    Compulsory heterosexuality: The assumption that women are “naturally” or innately drawn sexually and emotionally toward men, and men toward women; the view that heterosexuality is the “norm” for all sexual relationships. The institutionalization of heterosexuality in all aspects of society includes the idealization of heterosexual orientation, romance, and marriage. Compulsory heterosexuality leads to the notion of women as inherently “weak,” and the institutionalized inequality of power: power of men to control women’s sexuality, labor, childbirth and childrearing, physical movement, safety, creativity, and access to knowledge. It can also include legal and social discrimination against homosexuals and the invisibility of or intolerance toward lesbian and gay existence."

    By Blogger Brian, at 10:29 AM  

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