Dobson and SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: The Last Word
So, how did the subject of Dr. James Dobson and Spongebob Squarepants again rear it's cute, little, square head ? This is how. In anticipation of this weeks hearings on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme court, Jerry Falwell, James Dobson, and Tony Perkin's of the Family Research Council, are planning a well funded and heavily promoted effort to load the courts with ultra-conservative judges. It is called "Justice Sunday III". This event is, according to the group, Faithful America "an attempt by politically-aligned right-wing religious fundamentalists to pressure Congress to load the courts with ultra-conservative judges. They claim that the courts have been secretly "working... like thieves in the night, to rob us of our Christian heritage and our religious freedoms". Fact is they are doing so by upholding the constitutional separation of church and state."
I forwarded on the Faithful America email, asking for signatures on a petition against the Family Research Councils's claims, and added a sentence or two of my own...
You already know Rick Santorum and Jerry Falwell, but do you remember that James Dobson is the Founder of Focus on The Family and he was the one who WARNED US THAT SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS WAS A HOMOSEXUAL AND WAS TRYING TO PUSH THE HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA ON OUR CHILDREN??
In response to this, I received an email from a friend claiming that this whole business about Dobson and Spongebob was bogus. So, I did what any good blogger would do and researched the subject because I try not to send out false or distorted information. My research indicated that though The New York Times and other media sources may have gotten it wrong in terms of some specifics, they were quite accurate in terms of the spirit of of Dobson's convictions.
There is nothing bogus about Dobson being on the WRONG side of the separation of church and state issue. Were he and other like-minded Christian Fundamentalists to have their way, our children in public schools would be getting a good "Christian education" ( his words not mine). It all boils down to this. Dobson says that the liberal Media accused him of calling Spongebob Squarepants and maybe Big Bird homosexuals (as if this would be THE worst accusation to make). He states emphatically that he did not say this, but what he did say was that the - We Are Family Foundation , the organization that sponsored the video featuring SpongeBob and the other characters, is hijacking poor old (my words) Spongebob to promote an agenda that involves teaching homosexual propaganda to children and that they were "using" Spongebob and other cartoon characters to further their agenda. If you don't believe me, read it for yourself. We Are Family Foundation
So, to this I would say, SO WHAT? Since when is tolerance a bad word? Since when is using a cartoon character who children can relate to, a bad way of teaching them to appreciate and accept others, despite their differences? Since when is it not progress to accept easily, in fact, embrace that which was rejected in earlier, more intolerant times? And last, but not least, since when are groups like Focus on the Family, Family Research Council and Gary Bauer's American Values the standard by which the rest of the nation must abide and strive to meet. My standard is to do unto others what you would have them do unto you and do not unto others that which you would not want done unto you. As the sage, Hillel, said, "The rest is just commentary."
HUH! And they say Liberals can't take a joke.