Saturday, January 22, 2005

Thank you, James Dobson

It's been a depressing week, what with the inauguration and all that stuff. So I want to pause a moment and thank James Dobson for bringing a bright spot of levity into it.

I never knew he had such a knack for satire until I read that he complained about the video remake of the 1979 hit song "We Are Family" using the voices of SpongeBob Squarepants, Barney, Winnie the Pooh, Bob the Builder, the Rugrats and other TV cartoon characters. It was made by songwriter Nile Rodgers' foundation, set up after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in an effort to promote healing.

A CNN news report said "Christian groups however have taken exception to the tolerance pledge on the foundation's Web site, which asks people to respect the sexual identity of others along with their abilities, beliefs, culture and race."

"Their inclusion of the reference to 'sexual identity" within their 'tolerance pledge' is not only unnecessary, but it crosses a moral line," James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, said in a statement released Thursday.

Dobson was quoted by the New York Times on Thursday as having singled out the wildly popular SpongeBob during remarks about the video at dinner this week in Washington, D.C.

What a great idea Dobson had -- parodying Jerry Falwell's attack on Teletubby Tinky Winky as "a gay role model."

Yeah, as if watching Teletubbies and hearing cartoon characters ask for tolerance of one another leads one down the gay garden path! How funny!

I needed a good smile this week.

I wonder what's next?


Anonymous said...

I have, of late, come to think of Dobson as a cartoon character, anyway. So this just confirms my discernment of the spirit that lives within him.

What's next, you ask? Bob The Builder soon will reveal that he is exgay and engaged to be married to Jessica Rabbit (who herself was divorced from Roger Rabbit after her secret affair with Brenda Starr came to light years ago).

Keep the faith, Pat.


Saint Pat said...

It seems as though in some thick-headed, muddled, prejudiced thinking, tolerance is equated with conversion: To tolerate someone's homosexuality is to promote it. Then all your children will turn gay! (Gasp, horrors!)

It's homophobia. It's so sad to see it running rampant in those who should be teaching and preaching Christ's love for all.

Anonymous said...

News flash! SpongeBob receives 'unequivocal welcome' from United Church of Christ:

I love it.

Demi said...

I didn't know that sponges were sexed at all. And if it has no sex, then it can't be either gay or straight. Evidently Bob is a male sponge. Shows you what I know.

This is a rerun of the Tinky-Winky Controversy. Poor Tink.