SpongeBob SquarePants Now Public Enemy #1?
After the victories by christian groups in barring
same-sex marriage, these groups have now declared
that SpongeBob SquarePants is Public Enemy #1.
At a black-tie dinner for the members of Congress
and political allies, who were celebrating the
re-selection of George II, James C. Dobson of
Focus on the Family asked the guests if they
knew anything about SpongeBob.
Apart from the cartoon's popularity with children,
Dobson said that SpongeBob is also popular with
gay men because SpongeBob holds hands with his
best friend Patrick, and he (SpongeBob) likes to
watch "The Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle
Boy" on television.
According to James Dobson, SpongeBob has been
depicted in a "pro-homosexual video" along with
other characters from children's programs, like
Barney, Jimmy Neutron, and several others.
Dobson said that the video will be mailed to
elementary schools, in order to create a "pledge
of tolerance" for the LGTB community, and which
supports tolerance for the differences of sexual
and or gender identity.
Nile Rodgers, writer of the song, "We Are Family",
(made famous by Sister Sledge), said that he had
founded the We Are Family Foundation after the
9/11 attack to create a music video to teach
children about multiculturalism.
"The video has been broadcast on television
networks", said Rodgers, "and there is nothing
in the video or related materials which refer to
The pledge, alleged by Dobson, is not mentioned on
the video, but is available on the We Are Family
Focus on the Family, the American Family Association,
and other christian groups have also targeted an
unrelated website of another group, called "We Are
Family", which supports LGTB youth.
Mr. Rodgers suggested that Dr. Dobson and the American Family Association, the conservative Christian group that first sounded the alarm, might have been confused because of an unrelated Web site belonging to another group called "We Are Family," which supports gay youth.
Paul Batura, speaking for James Dobson, said that the
christian coalition stands by its accusation.
"We see the video as an insidious satanic plot by which the foundation is manipulating and brainwashing American children", said Batura, "and it is a classic bait and switch."