What Else Is In Scott's Head?

The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Eye On The Right: James Dobson, Nut Job

Sponge Bob Square Pants: promoting the "gay lifestyle"? That's the charge James Dobson, director of the group Focus on The Family, has made against the non-human, animated cartoon character. Sponge Bob is among dozens of characters from popular children's television programs appearing in a video called We Are Family, from the We Are Family Foundation, which is being sent to schools in March to help spread the crazy idea of diversity.

The We Are Family Foundation was formed by musician Nile Rodgers (who has worked with too many musicians and bands to mention, from Madonna and Duran Duran to Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton) following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The group's mission:

We Are Family Foundation celebrates our common humanity and the vision of a global family by creating and supporting programs that inspire and educate individuals of all ages about diversity, understanding, respect and multiculturalism; and to support those who are victims of intolerance.

Enter James Dobson, who sees a more sinister motive for the group: their real goal is to promote the "homosexual lifestyle" to children.

As reported by the New York Times (registration may be required to view article) on Jan. 19, Dobson is convinced the music video for We Are Family hides a pro-homosexual agenda. This presumably based on a "tolerance pledge" included at the We Are Family Foundation's web site (actually written by the Southern Poverty Law Center). The pledge states:

Tolerance is a personal decision that comes from a belief that every person is a treasure. I believe that America's diversity is its strength. I also recognize that ignorance, insensitivity and bigotry can turn that diversity into a source of prejudice and discrimination.

To help keep diversity a wellspring of strength and make America a better place for all, I pledge to have respect for people whose abilities, beliefs, culture, race, sexual identity or other characteristics are different from my own.

You know, just reading that pledge, I think I'm turning gay.

What's wrong with teaching children to have respect for all people? What does Dobson want, intolerance for homosexuals? Teaching kids to be tolerant of others seems like a good thing.

Judge for yourself. Here's the music video for We Are Family. Which, Dobson says, promotes homosexuality.

Paul Batura, assistant to Dobson, claims the video to be an "...insidious means by which the organization is manipulating and potentially brainwashing is a classic bait and switch."

Could it be Dobson's group came across the We Are Family website, a separate group promoting tolerance for gays, lesbians, transgenders and bisexuals, not affiliated with the We Are Family Foundation, and assumed the two groups were the same? My guess: yes. Or, probably more accurately, someone told Focus on the Family about the web site and then no further research was conducted by Dobson's group. You know, to verify the information.

I think it's safe to say that SpongeBob is not gay. Although, I have my suspicions of C-3P0, the famous robot from the Star Wars movies. However, C-3P0 is not currently appearing in any pro-tolerance music videos, so it's impossible to say what George Lucas' motives are.


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