January 29, 2005

What Dobson Really Said About SpongeBob

Filed under: Random Stuff — Bob Gifford @ 12:36 am

Many conservatives distorted what Al Gore said in 2000 and what John Kerry said in 2004, so I don’t want to commit the same sin. James Dobson did not say that SpongeBob is gay. He commented on the “We Are Family” video:

The video itself is innocent enough and does not mention anything overtly sexual. Rather, it features the children’s cartoon characters singing and dancing along to the popular disco hit “We Are Family.”

But while the video is harmless on its own, I believe the agenda behind it is sinister. My brief comments at the FRC gathering were intended to express concern not about SpongeBob or Big Bird or any of their other cartoon friends, but about the way in which those childhood symbols are apparently being hijacked to promote an agenda that involves teaching homosexual propaganda to children…

I’m sure you can see, now, why I expressed great concern about the intention of the We Are Family Foundation in using SpongeBob and company to promote the theme of “tolerance and diversity,” which are almost always buzzwords for homosexual advocacy. It seems evident that had this connection not been exposed, the materials accompanying the video would have promoted a pro-homosexual ideology.

What is this pro-homosexual ideology being foisted upon our children? It is a Tolerance Pledge:

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.

So a pledge to respect, not to condone, endorse or advocate, but to respect all people, including gays, is dangerous? I think the media did Dobson a favor in garbling his intended meaning. What he really meant turns out to be worse than accusing SpongeBob of being gay.

Update: Dailykos has a post about the world’s greatest sportscaster-turned-newscaster-turned blogger, Keith Olbermann. Olbermann’s blog, Boggerman, has some great posts on this story.

Update: Dobson sets the record straight. Sort of. Except for making it sound like the tolerance pledge is all about gays. Or saying that tolerating gays is a bad thing. This just keeps getting worse, doesn’t it?


  1. I posted my own response to an article about this in my blog…you’re welcome to read it if you like…

    Comment by CC — January 30, 2005 @ 5:39 am

  2. While the right fears social acceptance the left fears the teaching of bigotry and hate. Like that song from South Pacific says:
    “You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
    before you are six, seven or eight,
    to hate all the people your relatives hate,
    you’ve got to be carefully taught,
    you’ve got to be carefully taught.”

    I believe hate and fear produce far more wars than tolerance… both globally and socially.

    Comment by Tony — January 30, 2005 @ 12:31 pm

  3. I agree with that 100%.

    Comment by Lefty — January 31, 2005 @ 8:04 am

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