Saturday, January 22, 2005

Attack Dobson? For what?

Update - Some of the links once on this page have been changed or removed from the original posting due to the fluid nature of the Internet. All quotes were taken from associated webpages that were up at the time...

Accusations abound that Dr. Dobson said Spongebob Squarepants, a cartoon character, is homosexual and promotes the gay lifestyle... Here is the whole story as I found it.

From Dr. Dobson's Website


Question: Why is Dr. Dobson objecting to the distribution of a video featuring such popular children's characters as SpongeBob SquarePants?

Answer: 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.
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prying1 sez: It is a well known known fact that Dr. Dobson disagrees with the homosexual agenda. Hate or "homophobia" are not the reasons for the disagreement but spiritual and religious conviction. As a lover of the truth (see my first post) I feel it is necessary to compare Dobson's statement with The L.A. Times and the New York Times. (Defunct links to both papers removed)

L.A. Times has
ONE SENTENCE attributed to Dr. James Dobson
- "Does anyone here know SpongeBob?" Dr. James Dobson asked DARKLY, addressing a black-tie audience at one of Tuesday's inaugural events. -
and NO links to the entire speech. (darkly? Is that thrown in for effect making him appear sinister??? Is that the way a real newspaper should act? Of course this is from their opinion page not a 'real' newspage.)

ONE QUOTE from a spokesman that has an ellipses in the middle (and in the wrong spot note as/is in real sentence. Might be nitpicking but I am a nitpcker so...)
- "We see the video ... as manipulating and potentially brainwashing kids," Dobson's spokesperson told the New York Times on Wednesday. "It's a classic bait and switch.". -



New York Times has ONE SENTENCE attributed to Dr. James Dobson and NO links to the entire speech.
- "Does anybody here know SpongeBob?" Dr. James C. Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, asked the guests Tuesday night at a black-tie dinner for members of Congress and political allies to celebrate the election results. -

TWO SENTENCES from a spokesman that may have had sentences between them. Who knows with these bastions of truth reporting.
- "We see the video as an insidious means by which the organization is manipulating and potentially brainwashing kids," he said. "It is a classic bait and switch." -


All of the writing around those 3 lines are written by people who are obviously trying to foster hatred and intolerance towards Dr. Dobson.

We are Family Website

The Pledge page has been moved or removed from the We Are Family Foundation website

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.
Should the reporters and staff at both the Times buildings take the pledge? It is obvious they are intolerant of Dobson's well known views that homosexuality is not a viable lifestyle...

He is not alone in this view so why is he the one to be attacked? Perhaps it is because both papers are narrow minded and bigoted...