In a new video to be distributed to 61,000 schools across the nation, homosexual activists are using popular children’s TV characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Barney the dinosaur to surreptitiously indoctrinate young children into their lifestyle, a pro-family activist group charges.
SpongeBob Squarepants is one of the popular children’s TV characters appearing in a new ‘tolerance’ video.
Based on the 1970s hit song “We Are Family,” the video will be distributed to public and private elementary schools nationwide March 11, along with lesson plans for teachers, points out the American Family Association.
The distribution, sponsored by FedEx, will coincide with the video’s broadcast March 11 on Nickelodeon, PBS, and the Disney Channel in celebration of the proposed National We Are Family Day.
AFA researcher Ed Vitagliano sees the project as an “open door” to a secondary discussion of homosexuality, noting the the foundation has a “tolerance pledge” on its website that children and others are encouraged to sign, which includes sexual orientation.
[Editor's note: This story previously linked to the website of a group that has the same name but no connection to the video. WND regrets the error.]
“While we want everyone to respect other people’s beliefs, we do not consider it appropriate for children’s television to be used in an effort to indoctrinate children to accept homosexuality,” he said.
Vitagliano says the foundation is employing a bait-and-switch approach, with popular children’s figures such as Arthur, Dora the Explorer, JoJo, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Big Bird and Bob the Builder.
The objective is to get children to the foundation’s website “and there they’re given the full pitch about homosexuality,” he said.
Video producer Christopher Cerf called the video an “unprecedented event.”
“For the first time characters from all of the important kids shows came together to appear in the same video,” he said in a November news release. “The producers and performers from each show embraced the spirit and message of this project.”
The We Are Family Foundation was founded by singer-songwriter Nile Rodgers, who wrote the hit song recorded in 1979 by Sister Sledge.
The video was financed by a grant from the Toni Mendez Shapiro estate.
“Cooperation and unity are the most important values we can teach children,” Rodgers said. “We believe that this is the essential first step to loving thy neighbor.”
The We Are Family Foundation says its partners in the production are the Anti-Defamation League, Crown Theatres, Disney Channel, FedEx, Nickelodeon, HIT Entertainment, Nile Rodgers/Sony Publishing/The Bernard Edwards Estate/Warner Chapel, Nelvana, PBS, Scholastic, Sesame Workshop, Toni Mendez Shapiro Estate, and WGBH-TV in Boston.
A Federal Express spokesman said the company is “proud” to provide shipping for the project.
“Promoting diversity is part of our corporate culture at FedEx,” said William G. Margaritis, senior vice president, worldwide corporate communications.
Characters appearing in the video are from award-winning shows including “Arthur,” “Barney,” “Bear in the Big Blue House,” “Between the Lions,” “Blue’s Clues, Bob the Builder,” “The Book of Pooh,” “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” “Dora the Explorer,” “Jimmy Neutron,” “JoJo’s Circus,” “Kim Possible,” “Lilo & Stitch: The Series,” “Little Mermaid,” “Madeline,” “The Magic School Bus,” “The Muppet Show,” “The Proud Family,” “Rugrats,” “Sesame Street,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” and “Zoom.”
The video also features cameo appearances by entertainers Bill Cosby, Diana Ross and Whoopi Goldberg.