Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Toons with an agenda. . .
Now, apparently, same sex marriage has become part of the middle. It is a sure thing that when something becomes the subject of a cartoon, the writers and animators have confidence that they are treading on safe ground. So when a children’s cartoon series featured a homosexual "wedding" for its season premiere episode earlier this year, it was promoting something it viewed as ordinary and safe.
“Arthur” is the longest-running animated series for children in the USA. It began its 22md season with the marriage of Arthur the Aardvark’s teacher Mr. Ratburn to another man. When Arthur and his classmates discover their teacher is getting married, they are curious as to whom the bride might be. At the ceremony, they discover that Mr. Ratburn is walking down the aisle with another male aardvark named Patrick.
A month or so ago I wrote a piece here entitled Do you remember? Some criticized it as a mere nostalgia piece -- an old geezer lamenting the passing of the good old days. I guess I did not explain myself very well. What I was writing about was the fact that it will not take very long and no one will remember when there was no legal abortion or same sex marriage or gender fluidity. This is not nostalgia but the stark reminder that all around them parents face forces and media promoting a particular point of view -- one in vogue today but clearly in opposition to orthodox Christianity. Parents never did have the luxury of being supported in their faith by culture or media but there was a time when these did not directly contradict the faith in such an unmistakable manner. Today parents can count on no support for teaching their Christian values or witnessing their Christian faith to their children.
Even worse, parents have to be vigilant because even ordinary things like cartoons are being used to mainstream what, less than a generation ago, was radical. Such is the speed at which culture and media embrace what were fringes only moments ago and make them normal, ordinary, and routine. It is not just that a children's animated cartoon series features a same sex marriage but that it takes any position whatsoever on something that remains at best divisive and at worst a major issue for the third of more of Americans who attend churches that remain orthodox on this subject. Children are being groomed to accept such things as normal no matter how controversial they might be and this is something parents must be made aware of -- sooner rather than later.