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Sunday, January 23, 2005

Now They're Picking on Spongebob

I read a few days ago about how the head (his name is Dobson or something) of the conservative organization Focus on the Family denounced Spongebob Squarepants for promoting tolerance of sexual diversity. In other words, he criticizes Spongebob for acting in a homosexual manner.

Dobson's assault on an animated, assexual sea sponge is unworthy of comment, but I checked out his organization's website - It's a good site to visit if you want to understand the voices that are dominating the spiritual conversation in this country. Or if you're less interested in scholarly observation and just want some entertainment at the expense of their comically uptight prudishness, visit their affiliated site The site contains movie reviews written from the perspective of a religious conservative. A representative sampling of reviews includes those for Ice Age, Dodgeball, and South Park (just for fun).


Blogger Diana Espinal said...

Nile Rodgers, the founder of the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF) and the man held responsible for distributing the controversial new video to elementary schools says "it is intended to help teach children the values of co-operation and unity."

Paul Batura, a spokesman for the conservative Focus on the Family says, "We see the video as an insidious means by which the organisation is manipulating and potentially brainwashing kids," labeling it "a cunning attempt to promote homosexuality."

The reviewed video is said to promote tolerance of diversity, but contains no reference to sex, sexual lifestyle, sexual identity, and very little Spongebob. There is, however, Winnie the Pooh not wearing pants.

There should not be anything wrong with the promotion of tolerance and any effort to do so. I highly doubt that Spongebob will make America's children gay.

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