Author's Note: This column was originally published on a Sunday and within a few short hours the teacher's guide
on the We Are Family Foundation website mentioned and linked in the last paragraph was quickly removed. Luckily,
several enterprising individuals have taken the time to recover them and reveal what the We Are Family Foundation is attempting
to hide from the general public and openly lying about to the media. The website The Greatest Pursuits
much of the teacher's guide and various other relevant parts of the removed portions available for viewing. http://www.greatestpursuits.us/gp/weblog/comments/spongebob_cache_diving/
Unless you have been living in a cave the last few days you are aware of those wacky Christian Right nutjobs
taking inexplicable swipes at the beloved cartoon character SpongeBob and the notion that we should all simply love and respect
each other. What could possibly be wrong with that?
The answer, of course, is that the Mainstream Media has once again
shown themselves to be completely inept in actually researching a story and attempting to behave as journalists. The reporting
on this story has been little more than juvenile sneering and jeering from the sidelines while making no attempt to actually
report what the story is about. Their lack of investigative and objective reporting is disgraceful as always, but perhaps
not entirely unexpected. It has fallen instead to the world of bloggers, commentators and pundits to report what the media
has chosen to bury, distort and ignore.
Despite the attempt by the his detractors to make this a Dr. Dobson vs. SpongeBob
debate there is a little more to it than that. 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. – Focus
on the Family Website
So where would such an idea come from?
The “We Are Family Foundation” produced
a guide entitled Writing for Change coupled with a ‘gateway’ video featuring a myriad of familiar and beloved
puppet and cartoon characters singing a rather benign modern rendering of the song ‘We Are Family’. The guide
was published in partnership with the Oregon State University Difference, Power and Discrimination Program whose mission statement
reads: ”The DPD Program works to create a more inclusive curriculum that addresses issues of race, class, gender,
sexual orientation, and other institutionalized systems of inequality. The Program provides faculty and staff with the training
and resources needed to develop or modify comparative diversity courses”,
A special DVD edition, accompanied
by a teacher’s guide, is slated to be distributed to 61,000 public and private elementary schools throughout the nation
in a major push to encourage ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’. “The lessons aim to put the video's
themes of respect, understanding and appreciation of diversity into practice and are designed for pre-K through first grade
audiences with additional teaching guidelines for grades two to six”. – We Are Family Foundation website.
the surface this appears to most people as a harmless version of the old Biblical standard of ‘loving thy neighbor’
and that is exactly what the producers of this propaganda video and accompanying teacher’s guide want you to believe.
The insidious nature and true motives of this campaign are not immediately obvious but are easily revealed for what they truly
For ‘not promoting homosexuality’ the Writing for Change guide spends an amazing amount of time dwelling
on the subject and having the teacher discuss with their young captive audience such appropriate and soul searching exercises
(Remember these are for elementary school age children)
Identify ways in which homophobia
and compulsory heterosexuality are at work in your daily life.
Find some examples of compulsory heterosexuality in
your daily life.
How are you affected by compulsory heterosexuality?
How are you affected by homophobia?
would you be affected if your sexual orientation were different than it is now?
How would others you know – friends,
family members, classmates, members in your clubs or organizations – be affected?
How will understanding these
definitions change your thinking about compulsory heterosexuality and homophobia?
Will this change any of your behaviors?
If so, how?
Ah yes, the great evil of compulsory heterosexuality. Their definitions are enough to raise an eyebrow
or two and aren’t what you would have typically found in an episode of Mr. Rogers.
Thoughts, feelings, or actions based on fear, dislike, judgment, or hatred of gay men and lesbians/of those who love and sexually
desire those of the same sex. Homophobia has roots in sexism and can include prejudice, discrimination, harassment, and acts
Compulsory heterosexuality: Thee assumption that women are “naturally” or innately drawn sexually
and emotionally toward men, and men toward women; the view that heterosexuality is the “norm” for all sexual relationships.
The institutionalization of heterosexuality in all aspects of society includes the idealization of heterosexual orientation,
romance, and marriage. Compulsory heterosexuality leads to the notion of women as inherently “weak,” and the institutionalized
inequality of power: power of men to control women’s sexuality, labor, childbirth and childrearing, physical movement,
safety, creativity, and access to knowledge. It can also include legal and social discrimination against homosexuals and the
invisibility of or intolerance toward lesbian and gay existence.”
Power of men to control women’s childbirth?”
I figured that a stroll through the “We Are Family Foundation” homepage would inevitably include a cloaked reference
to abortion rights. That usually isn’t far behind once someone strives ‘to begin creating a language of equality
and inclusion’ and it wouldn’t be complete without the usual radical feminist mutterings about ‘institutionalized
inequality’ and ‘hierarchal ranking in language’. It is something to see the cult of political correctness
enshrined in all its glory. Though I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed the exercise suggesting ‘gender-free, inclusive’
terms for ‘the founding fathers’, ‘man’s best friend’, and ‘Friends, Romans, countrymen;
lend me your ears’.
And I think it is safe to say that my children won’t be signing the ‘tolerance’
pledge anytime soon.
The 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.
Most Americans believe in
tolerance, respect and acceptance, just not how it is defined by the far Left. I also believe in right and wrong and that
a person can’t just go through life with one’s common sense and elementary moral judgement in a state of suspended
Despite Dr. Dobson’s somewhat poorly worded initial statement singling out SpongeBob for special derision,
he makes the valid point that those attempting to undermine the traditional family, traditional values and Biblically based
Christianity by using well loved children’s characters and cartoons is despicable and should be exposed for what it
is. The hidden motive behind the constant brainwashing mantra of 'diversity' and 'tolerance' is the acceptance and advocacy
of homosexuality, gay marriage, 'alternative lifestyles', and the idea of Heather having two mommies being on an equal plane
as the traditional two parent family. Divining the code words of the Left , let alone exposing their agenda, is not a sheltered
occupation by any means as we have seen but absolutely necessary for those who wish to understand the politically correct
This entire debacle of Leftist psycho babble indoctrination can be viewed at www.wearefamilyfoundation.org/TEACHERS/Wfc.asp
. I encourage you to hold your nose, jump into the deep end of the culture wars and give it a visit. The PC police are on
the march this spring and, using cartoon characters as their cover, they are coming to an elementary school near you.
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't
pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one
day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States
where men were free."
- President Ronald Reagan
”I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state,
not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me.
I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom
of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of
sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and Liberals at bay. And the nation free.”
—William F. Buckley Jr.
"Liberals want to regulate just about everything: where we live, what fuels we use, what car we drive, whether we can
drive or be forced to use government mass transit, where we send our kids to school, what doctor we see, and even to what
extent we express our approval or disapproval of others’ lifestyles. It’s hard to find something liberals don’t
want to regulate. Is that a world you want to live in?”
"At such a time in history, we who are free must proclaim anew our faith. This faith is the abiding creed of our fathers.
It is our faith in the deathless dignity of man, governed by eternal moral and natural laws. This faith defines our full view
of life. It establishes, beyond debate, those gifts of the Creator that are man’s inalienable rights, and that make
all men equal in His sight. "
—Dwight D. Eisenhower
"And if we elect a government that subverts or weakens or ends our war against terrorism, we can count on this: We
will soon face enemies that will make 9/11 look like stubbing our toe, and they will attack us with the confidence and determination
that come from knowing that we don’t have the will to sustain a war all the way to the end."
- Orson Scott Card
"In response to skyrocketing gas prices, liberals say, practically in unison, 'We can’t drill our way out of this
crisis.”' What does that mean? This is like telling a starving man, 'You can’t eat your way out of being hungry!' 'You
can’t water your way out of drought!' 'You can’t sleep your way out of tiredness!' 'You can’t drink yourself
out of dehydration!' Seriously, what does it mean? Finding more oil isn’t going to increase the supply of oil? It is
the typical Democratic strategy to babble meaningless slogans, as if they have a plan. Their plan is: the permanent twilight
of the human race. "
"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go
home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains
set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."