Why do these "pro-family" organizations hate Barney? They think he likes homos.
Barney is the new Tinkywinky. Not since purse carrying character caught Falwell’s eye have we seen such a menace to society… I know Barney is evil for being obnoxious, but Donald Wildmon‘s American Family Association says he’s now promoting the homosexual agenda as well.
Agape Press, “news” organ of the loony religious wingnuts, homo-bashing American Family Association, says that a children’s video on tolerance is “opening the door” to discussing homosexuality. Participating in this debauchery, they say, are: SpongeBob SquarePants, Barney the Dinosaur, Arthur, Dora the Explorer, JoJo, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Big Bird, and Bob the Builder.
…those and many others are among the characters starring in a music video remake of the 1970s song “We Are Family” that is designed to promote diversity and tolerance in the classroom. A special DVD version will be distributed to 61,000 public and private elementary schools nationwide, along with lesson plans for teachers. Distribution of the DVD is being donated by FedEx.
Ed Vitagliano, a researcher for the American Family Association, questions the motives behind the project. The problem, he says, is that it is an “open door” to a secondary discussion of homosexuality.
“When you go to the We Are Family Foundation website, there is a ‘tolerance pledge’ that children and others are encouraged to sign, which includes sexual orientation,” he explains. That, he says, is the crux of the problem. “While we want everyone to respect other people’s beliefs, we do not consider it appropriate for children’s television to be used in an effort to indoctrinate children to accept homosexuality.”
SpongeBob and Clifford, are also helping out the gay cabal, according to the AFA.
And then Ed Vitagliano becomes even more unhinged…
The pro-family researcher sees an age-old tactic being employed by those behind the project. “This is a bait-and-switch approach. It’s been used for years,” he says, “and homosexuals are now using well-known and beloved children’s television characters in an effort to use [them] as bait and switch.”
Vitagliano says the objective behind the video is to get children to the Foundation’s website — “and there they’re given the full pitch about homosexuality,” he adds. In addition, the researcher says he has been told by numerous homosexual activists that teaching tolerance for all people while excluding discussion of homosexuality is not an appropriate approach.
The new video, recorded in November 2004, is scheduled to air simultaneously on Nickelodeon, PBS, and the Disney Channel in March 2005.
BTW, the feedback form for the AFA is here.