January 20, 2005

Conservatives Attack... I Can't Believe I'm Saying This... Spongebob Squarepants.

The New York Times > Washington > Conservatives Pick Soft Target: A Cartoon Sponge

This has got to be one of the goofiest things since Jerry Falwell accused one "Tinky-Winky" of being gay, because he carried a purse. Evidentally, the "We Are Family Foundation" created a video expousing multiculturalism included Spongebob, and the founder of Focus On the Family. The founder of Focus on the Family has since accused the We Are Family Foundation of supporting gays, and his appearance on the video is part of a greater conspiracy:

"We see the video as an insidious means by which the organization is manipulating and potentially brainwashing kids," [ Paul Batura, assistant to the founder of Focus on the Family] said. "It is a classic bait and switch."

Even worse is the video's creator:

"The fact that some people may be upset with each other peoples' lifestyles, that is O.K.," Mr. Rodgers said. "We are just talking about respect."

Um... "upset" about a lifestyle kind of indicates a lack of respect for that lifestyle. Just to note.

The only one making sense? The lawyer for the We Are Family Foundation:

Mark Barondess, the foundation's lawyer, said the critics "need medication."

Well said.

Posted by Ted Stevko at January 20, 2005 10:16 AM | TrackBack