James Dobson of Focus on the Family has gone on the assault today releasing a statement with respect to SpongeBob and his co-stars on a DVD to be released to schools across America.
"we vehemently object to is using these beloved characters to help advance an agenda that's beyond the comprehension of 6 and 7 year-old children, not to mention morally offensive to millions of moms and dads."Dobson goes onto say he has raised this issue to do for parents what their busy lives often prevent them from doing themselves--connecting the dots.
One more dot for Focus on the Family to connect is the relationship between the the other cartoon characters and SpongeBob. Should parents be concerned about Bob the Builder. Bob works in construction and that dot connects to David Hodo, the construction worker in the popular gay band the Village People.
Watch for more reports assisting parents in today's busy world from Dobson, Jerry Falwell and others as they look deeper in to the motivation behind cartoons and children's programs. You can read the full statement released today by Focus on the Family below.
Background: Read this story from 1999 when Falwell exposed Tinky Winky after Michael Colton, then a writer for the Washington Post inadvertently outed Tinky.
SpongeBob reacts to being questioned if he is gay.
Focus on the Family Response in Full!
From the outset, let's be clear that this issue is not about objections to any specific cartoon characters. Instead, Dr. Dobson is concerned that these popular animated personalities are being exploited by an organization that's determined to promote the acceptance of homosexuality among our nation's youth.
We applaud the ideal of championing to children the value and dignity of every human life as well as respect for our differences. What we vehemently object to is using these beloved characters to help advance an agenda that's beyond the comprehension of 6 and 7 year-old children, not to mention morally offensive to millions of moms and dads.
The video in question is slated to be distributed to 61,000 public and private elementary schools throughout the United States. Where it is shown, schoolchildren will be left with the impression that their teachers are offering their endorsement of the values and agenda associated with the video's sponsor. While some of the goals associated with this organization are noble in nature, their inclusion of the reference to "sexual identity" within their "tolerance pledge" is not only unnecessary, but it crosses a moral line.
We believe that it is the privilege of parents to decide how, when and where it is appropriate to introduce their children to these types of sensitive issues. The distribution of this video trumps the authority of mothers and fathers and leaves it in the hands of strangers whose standards may very well be different than the children they teach.
By calling it to light this video and its affiliation with this larger organization, we are attempting to do for parents what their busy lives often prevent them from doing themselves--connecting the dots. Statement end.