Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Raising Sheep

Via Mustang Bobby

From the Miami Herald:

A music video that features Barney, Big Bird and SpongeBob singing a message of family and togetherness will not be distributed in Broward County schools, after members of a diversity committee deemed it objectionable.

Some members of the diversity committee said the We Are Family DVD, intended to teach tolerance to preschool and elementary kids, could confuse children about the difference between family members and strangers and open the door to discussion about sexual orientation.


Officials with the Broward County Christian Coalition, who viewed the video after hearing from a diversity committee member, said the underlying message of the DVD and accompanying teaching material promoted a homosexual agenda.

"We didn't think it was appropriate for such young children," said Barbara Collier, chairwoman of the coalition, which sent an "e-mail alert" to members about the matter. "They wouldn't be able to understand what it was about."

The controversy stems not from any explicit mention of homosexuality in the video -- there isn't any -- but from its theme that people are all part of one big family, a message that, critics contend, could be construed to include pedophiles and other criminals. They also fear that the video could blunt other important messages for kids of that age, like the importance of being wary of strangers.

These people are so afraid that their children will get any information that might allow them to think for themselves that they will even pretend that messages of love and tolerance will confuse the child and inhibit its ability to not recognize a stranger that is threatening.
I guess the better idea is to so isolate the child from the world around it and keep it completely defenseless. Don't give the child the ability to sense danger from a stranger, better to insure that it feels all strangers are bad. Don't socialize the child and give it any survival skills, better to wait until it is no longer under the mother's skirts and let he or she learn the hard way. Maybe wait until it graduates from high school and let some strangers in Aruba do the job.
Raise them sheep folks. I know George Bush is looking for some more babies to feed into his machine.

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