Thursday, January 20, 2005

Dobson Extends Anti-Gay Crusade to SpongeBob SquarePants

Fresh from celebrating a Nov. 2 victory in which 11 states barred same-sex marriage, a leading religious right figure is extending his anti-gay crusade to try to silence a most insidious foe.

SpongeBob SquarePants.

Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, speaking at a dinner for members of Congress and political allies, is seeking to silence the cartoon character, which he alleges is "pro-homosexual."

Dobson points to how SpongeBob sometimes holds hands with animated sidekick Patrick, and watches an imaginary television show, "The Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnicle Boy."

Apparently, it's lost on Dobson that SpongeBob is a naive and silly character, like a child, and children hold hands. Children watch buddy adventure shows with two male leads, like "Batman and Robin." Next thing you know, Dobson will call for a congressional investigation to look into those Bert and Ernie rumors. The teletubby with the purple triangle will have to go into hiding. Barbie won't be allowed to "date" Ken anymore. Donald Duck will have to wear pants.


Dobson's main ammunition against SpongeBob, according to a Jan. 20 story in The New York Times, is what he is labeling a "pro-homosexual video" in which SpongeBob, Jimmy Neutron, Barney and others appear. The video is being mailed to thousands of elementary schools to promote tolerance.

The video's creator, Nile Rodgers, who wrote the disco hit "We Are Family," said Dobson's objection stemmed from a misunderstanding, the Times reports. Rodgers told the Times that he founded the We Are Family Foundation after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to create a music video to teach children about multiculturalism. The video has appeared on television networks, and nothing in it or its accompanying materials refers to sexual identity.

Rodgers suggested to the Times that Dobson and the American Family Association, the conservative Christian group that first sounded the alarm, might have been confused because of an unrelated Web site belonging to another group called "We Are Family," which supports gay youth.

On Wednesday, however, Dobson assistant Paul Batura wouldn't let the facts get in the way of Dobson's baseless accusations.

"We see the video as an insidious means by which the organization is manipulating and potentially brainwashing kids," he said.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

every society has their groups of wackos. this proves that point once again.

11:29 AM  

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