You know the Standard Main Stream Media Spin (SMSMS): Those Wacky Christians were accusing SpongeBob Squarepants of promoting homosexuality. What a laugh, eh? Many naive, unsuspecting bloggers fell for this line, unfortunately. But I've learned over the years that there's almost always more to the story than first appears, so thus I've learned to wait before piling on.
David Huntwork explains:
The “We Are Family Foundation” produced a guide entitled Writing for Change coupled with a ‘gateway’ video featuring a myriad of familiar and beloved puppet and cartoon characters singing a rather benign modern rendering of the song ‘We Are Family’.
On the surface this appears to most people as a harmless version of the old Biblical standard of ‘loving thy neighbor’ and that is exactly what the producers of this propaganda video and accompanying teacher’s guide want you to believe. The insidious nature and true motives of this campaign are not immediately obvious but are easily revealed for what they truly are.
For ‘not promoting homosexuality’ the Writing for Change guide spends an amazing amount of time dwelling on the subject and having the teacher discuss with their young captive audience such appropriate and soul searching exercises as:
(Remember these are for elementary school age children)
- Identify ways in which homophobia and compulsory heterosexuality are at work in your daily life.
- Find some examples of compulsory heterosexuality in your daily life.
- How are you affected by compulsory heterosexuality?
- How are you affected by homophobia?
- How would you be affected if your sexual orientation were different than it is now?
- How would others you know – friends, family members, classmates, members in your clubs or organizations – be affected?
- How will understanding these definitions change your thinking about compulsory heterosexuality and homophobia?
- Will this change any of your behaviors? If so, how?
Quite different story now, eh? It always is . . .