Saturday, January 22, 2005
StraightBob JesusPants causing trouble
More on The Dumbest Thing I've Ever Heard (tm)
Woke up yesterday to hear both KFI AM Los Angeles (serving Fake News and Right-Wing Nuttery for far too long) and ABC News (anchored by a CANADIAN!) both report as fact that Nile Rodgers' We Are Family Foundation did create a video that promoted homosexuality.
It's a quirky story with heroes and villains, folks, but here are some links to get to the truth. Since the media is just gonna lie and goof on this creepy right wing stunt, here- just judge for yourself.
First, here's Nile Rodgers' We Are Family Foundation: www.wearefamilyfoundation.org
Here's the pledge that's causing all the trouble:
"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. "
Now that pledge comes from www.tolerance.org, an offshoot of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Here's the site for the homosexual support group from South Carolina , WeAreFamily, that's caused some confusion on behalf of a few "Christians": http://www.waf.org/
And here's the sanctimonious Focus on the Family: http://family.org/
My guess is that someone at Focus on the Family understandably confused the two groups both using the name "We Are Family." When they assumed the actual gay activist We Are Family was issuing a a videotape directly to schools featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, that must have jolted them right through their sensible shoes. I mean, BINGO! Smoking Gun! One more off the Rapture Ready checklist (the Left Behind Scorecard?).
But then Nile Rodgers burst their bubble by pointing out that it was his unity-and-diversity-and-stuff group issuing the videotape to 60 million-odd schools. Not the gay group- the anti-racism group.
Looks like the Jesus Squad had blown it, coming off like a bunch of yokels (a-gin! dadnurbit!... oops..forgive me, Lord) - UNTIL they checked into the website of Rodgers' group and found the tolerance pledge, which of course does ask people to pledge to be tolerant of people even if they're swishy, and SHA-ZAAM! They pull out of the nose dive and they're back on the trail of the homosexual agenda! Whew! Even though the tolerance pledge isn't on the tape at all, anywhere.
Of course, it's Tinky-Winky all over again. And at the end of the day Jerry Falwell did succeed in making Twinky-Winky into a gay icon. The same thing may happen with SpongeBob now- the gay community adopts SpongeBob as another icon of protest, and Focus on the Family get to snort, swish their forked tails, and sputter "we told you he was a faggot."