Saturday, January 22, 2005
Spongebob and pagan Australia
The story of the week ( Bush inaugaration, Lathams resignation and landing on Titan not withstanding) has to be the attack by Dr James Dobson, founder of Christian Right Group Focus on the Family, on SpongeBob SquarePants, a children's cartoon character.
Dr Dobson accused SpongeBob's creators of enlisting him in a "pro-homosexual video" in which he appeared alongside fellow children's television characters such as Barney the purple dinosaur and Jimmy Neutron. The makers of the video planned to send it to thousands of primary schools to promote a "tolerance pledge" that includes tolerance for differences of "sexual identity". via The Age
Focus on Family must have a high regard for their Australian followers for having to live in the harsh circumstances as portrayed in this article by John Bethany Lifting Up Families from Down Under
Stunning images of the Outback and sun-drenched beaches in the land down under are a sharp contrast to the harsh cultural landscape that Australian families face today. To get the real picture of family life there, spend a day in the office of Focus on the Family Australia. But remember, although English is the official language, it is still a foreign country.
While the United States is experiencing the social fallout of a postChristian society, Australia is still considered a pre-Christian country, and its policies and attitudes reflect that. The land was not founded on biblical principles, and fewer than 5 percent of its 19 million citizens attend church on a regular basis. The country’s leadership is made up largely of social liberals, and one of the current legislative hot-potatoes is entitled "Harm Minimization." This is an attempt not only to legalize drugs, but to teach Australian youth how to "shoot-up" safely so they will not hurt themselves in the process.
Im afraid its too late John, the place is overrun with purple dinosaurs and pro gay sea sponges although we don't seem to have as many social liberals in our leadership as we used to.