Same-Sex Wedding on PBS Kids Cartoons

My childhood years in the 1950’s were a time of innocence and isolation from so many evils in the world we see today on a regular basis.

Saturday mornings were usually filled with watching cartoons like The Woody Woodpecker show, Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Mighty Mouse and Yogi Bear. Parents didn’t have too worry about what we were watching. The cartoons were harmless fun.

And many shows like “Father Knows Best,” and “Leave it to Beaver” taught some basic moral principles that were generally accepted by most people.

Today it’s different.

If parents thought the PBS Kids Cartoons were a safe place, they might want to reconsider.

The popular Kids cartoon series Arthur recently broke new ground by inserting a same-sex wedding into the plot.

Arthur is a third-grade anthropomorphic aardvark who lives in Elwood City. His teacher, Mr. Ratburn is getting married to someone named Patty, whom the kids assume is a woman they dislike. So, they decide they must stop the wedding.

However, when the kids arrive at the wedding, they are surprised and shocked to learn that Patty is not the bride.

Who is Mr. Ratburn marrying?” one of the students asks.

The camera then shows Mr. Ratburn walking arm in arm down the aisle with another man, Patrick, who winks at the kids. Arthur is shown smiling.

At the reception, the two men are dancing and one of Arthur’s friends, Francine, remarks, “Yep. It’s a brand new world.”

The episode, “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” was defended by Maria Vera Whelan, the PBS senior director of marketing communications who said, “PBS Kids programs are designed to reflect the diversity of communities across the nation.”

“We believe it is important,” Whelan added, “to represent the wide array of adults in the lives of children who look to PBS Kids every day.”

While pro-homosexual advocates applauded the show, Monica Cole of One Million Moms criticized the episode, saying the “discussion of such controversial topics and lifestyle choices should be left up to parents.”

“PBS Kids should not introduce this to young children,” Cole said. “Just because an issue may be legal or because some are choosing a lifestyle doesn’t make it morally correct. PBS Kids should stick to entertaining and providing family-friendly programming, instead of pushing an agenda.”

The point of this post is not about the sin of homosexuality or same-sex marriage. We’ve written numerous times on this issue. And the Bible clearly condemns both. Jesus clearly stated that God ordained marriage between one man and one woman for life.

We’re are constantly reminded, however, that we do live in a brand new world. Parents must address issues that my parents never imagined they need to discuss. Children are being exposed at a younger age to the perversion of the world in all of its debauchery, deviance, and depravity.

Far left humanistic hedonists are bent on promoting their immoral agenda. So, Christian mothers and fathers must be alert, aware and active in repudiating their pernicious and poisonous propaganda.

Know your kids. Know their friends. Know their teachers. Know what they’re being taught. Know what they’re watching. Know where they’re going. And know we’re fighting a culture war that’s undermining the family.

Parents, also know that you are responsible to God and to your children for their religious education and moral training. If you don’t, secular schools, a corrupt culture, and an immoral media will.

Moses’ counsel to Israel of old is still good advice for modern day parents.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” (Deut 6:4-9)

We can’t isolate our kids from the wickedness in the world. But we can insulate them with Divine directives from God’s Word.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


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7 responses to “Same-Sex Wedding on PBS Kids Cartoons

  1. Ken Green

    Everyday it seems less likely that the insanity can be turned back in our land. Christian parents are in a losing battle if their kids are in public schools. More so in some areas than others, of course.


  2. Stephen Segrest

    In clicking on the above link — what do you see? A vase or two people facing each other?


  3. Stephen Segrest

    Dear Ken — In your post on the PBS cartoon series (Authur) — I see a completely different picture. I don’t see a picture advocating a lifestyle of homosexuality. I see a picture of civil society tolerance of people who are gay. What better time to teach about not hurting people, not being a bully, not being someone who grows up to discriminate toward someone?


    • Hey Stephen. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. And I can definitely see how you might look at the cartoon in that fashion. However let me suggest two things. One I want to reserve the right as a parent to teach my children right from wrong and how to treat people that are doing wrong. I prefer the entertainment world, Hollywood and the media not to be setting their values for them but for me as the parent do it. Two there’s a big difference between teaching children to be kind tolerant and loving and leaving with them the idea that we should celebrate something that the Bible condemns as sinful unnatural and debased.


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  5. quebecyank

    It’s interesting that religious people seem obsessed with homosexuality. Preachers are not above calling anyone from the LGBTQ community a “deviant”. Yet not one word is ever preached about the rising cases of incest in heterosexual households; and if course there’s pedophilia, yet another topic preachers seem to avoid. I wonder why?
    The real danger towards children is likely to come from within their home, and the local priest. Fix that first, unless of course, you see nothing wrong with it.b


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