GABRIEL'S CLARION (mar9gab.htm)
Wednesday
March 9, 2005
vol 16, no. 68




Why Stop Now?

Part Seven
on the insidious and satanic
Selling of Sodomy
to Society and Souls

    The U.S. Secretary of Education and the chief honchos at PBS felt the lesbian episode of Postcards from Buster was going too far, but WNET's Paula Kerger thrives on pushing the envelope. Let us hope and pray her selling of Buster will be a bust!

        "While I am sure that people like Ms. Kerger are truly committed to giving voices to the unheard and exposing her audience to the "benefit of diverse perspectives and points of view", I realize that she could not go so far as including religious or spiritual situations which might grossly shock her viewing audience and deeply offend their sensibilities! Especially Traditional Christians! As for the media which has criticized Spellings' priorities and praised Kerger's insight, we should not be surprised given their usual liberal bent. The recent election demonstrated just how "hungry" the typical American viewing audience is for shows depicting a sodomite lifestyle."

        Believe it or not, I may have discovered how Isaac Newton probably came up with his Universal Law of Gravitation! We have all heard the legend that Newton was sitting under a tree when an apple hit him in the head, thus leading him to develop one of his famous formulations. As it turns out, it is more likely that Newton simply saw an apple fall from a tree inspiring his perceptive hypothesis. Either way, this event has come to symbolize how the "stroke of genius" can take many forms, including a fruit. I have always enjoyed Public Television, seeing it as a bastion of the arts, science, education, and quality programming in most cases as compared to regular television and especially cable. While I did not approve of all Public Television programs, especially in these latter times where the liberal agenda and PBS are synonymous, I found that its handling of children's programming seemed fairly positive. Certainly many of us have been exposed in some way to Public Television's children's programming over the years. Shows like Sesame Street, Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, Arthur, Barney, and The Berenstein Bears seem to me, as far as I can tell, educational and fairly wholesome programming according to today's standards. Notice this is not an endorsement, but a bye for now on PBS overall. I have found that these programs often provide lessons in caring, friendship, sharing, respect, obedience, and fairness. There is no violence or questionable behavior that I could discern.

        With this positive backdrop as my experience with Public Television's children's programming, I was surprised to hear that New York's WNET, Channel 13, and Boston's WGBH plan to air a children's program on March 25 which includes lesbians as the heads of a household. The episode, called "Sugar time", is part of the series Postcards from Buster in which an animated explorer bunny, drawn in basic elementary style, visits different parts of the country meeting children and families from diverse cultures and backgrounds. In "Sugar time", Buster visits Vermont to learn about diary farming from a family headed by two lesbians. It is from this starting point that the stage was set for my "bright idea".

    Administration Backlash

    PBS VP John WilsonU.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings    Likely while still unpacking in her new office, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings immediately objected upon learning of the "Sugar time" episode. "Many parents would not want their young children exposed to the lifestyles portrayed in the episode" she wrote to PBS recently. John Wilson, a PBS Senior Vice- President, said that PBS had decided not to distribute the episode even before Spellings' objection. However, New York's WNET and Boston's WGBH, which produces Buster, will air that episode on March 25 anyway. Bashing PBS for caving in to Spellings' concerns, The Journal News called Spellings "priorities challenged" and implied that she should worry more about textbooks, lessons, school crowding, and curriculum than shows this paper depicts as harmless and even educational.

    Revealing Defiance

    WNET Executive VP    WNET Executive Vice-President Paula Kerger defended her station's decision to brush off Spellings' concerns by stating that "children who live with parents of the same sex deserve to have their lives and their reality acknowledged and reflected in a series that celebrates diversity." She has added in other discussions that "New York is a wonderful mix not only of ethnicities and cultures but also of lifestyles and ideals. Channel 13 is committed to giving voice to a wide variety of individuals and communities that otherwise might not be heard, ensuring that our audiences get the benefit of diverse perspectives and points of view." While I was aware that WNET did participate in sodomite programming for adults, this was the first time I had seen this agenda spill into children's programming!

    Newton Would Be Proud

        There I was, sitting under the tree when WNET and Paula Kerger hit me in the head with an apple, sparking a stroke of utter realization which would make Newton proud! If, as Kerger so boldly stated, it is all about children deserving to have their particular lives and households acknowledged and reflected, why stop at homosexual households? What percent of kids do you think live in such households? Certainly less than the 28% or so who live in households where someone smokes. How about the 31% or so who live in homes where drinking has caused family problems? Certainly the 1.3% or so who live in homes where gambling is a problem deserve recognition, do they not? Let us not forget about the 1.2% who might live in homes where someone is dependent upon illicit drugs. Last but not least, we would be remiss to exclude the 20% of families where there has been some kind of abuse!

        Let us carry Ms. Kerger's bold and perceptive initiative, and present future Buster episodes where somebody smokes, drinks, gambles, takes drugs, or abuses someone. I mean, are we not greatly harming these poor children by ignoring their "reality"? Furthermore, would not such programs show other children mired in such issues to see that they are "not alone"? If programming room is a problem, perhaps we could just have a show where both parents smoke, the father drinks and gambles, the mother takes drugs, and both parents abuse the kids. Certainly this would recognize the "reality" which Ms. Kerger wants recognized, would it not? Besides, if you show one episode where all of these issues co-exist, would that not make the typical suffering child feel less troubled compared to the poor kids on the program? What a great public service this would be!

    Necessary Limits, Of Course

        I realize that my bright idea must have limits so as not to "offend" anyone. Certainly we cannot show a family which prays or goes to church since that might deeply gash the audience's sense of privacy.What if Postcards from Buster showed a Traditional Catholic family homeschooling, or gasp, attending a Latin Mass? Can't you just hear the local bishop calling an emergency press conference and, in all ecumenical pomposity, counseling all of the great danger inherent in seeing this shocking medieval extremism? I can just picture him flustered, telling all to "cover your ears and eyes"? You see, there are limits to the modernists' schemes.

        While I am sure that people like Ms. Kerger are truly committed to giving voices to the unheard and exposing her audience to the "benefit of diverse perspectives and points of view", I realize that she could not go so far as including religious or spiritual situations which might grossly shock her viewing audience and deeply offend their sensibilities! Especially Traditional Christians! As for the media which has criticized Spellings' priorities and praised Kerger's insight, we should not be surprised given their usual liberal bent. The recent election demonstrated just how "hungry" the typical American viewing audience is for shows depicting a sodomite lifestyle.

        I am sure that all those children who do not see the "Sugar time" episode will be irreparably harmed by not being exposed to the "benefit of diverse perspectives and points of view" depicted in that program, but somehow I think that their childhood will survive it. Conversely, I am sure that those children in the WNET and WGBH viewing areas will be so benefited by seeing this episode that they will never be the same again, right, Ms. Kerger?

    Changing Neighborhood

        In view of Ms. Kerger's assertions and her station's decision to brush off concerns about "Sugar time", the fact that there have been some complaints about reduced showing of Fred Rogers' legendary Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood at Kerger's station is notable. Joanne Rogers, Fred's widow has said of Channel 13, WNET, "I think it's the leader and I think it's terribly important the New York show the rest of the country what programs are important." Kerger has defended the cutback in Neighborhood stating that she did not have the broadcast time necessary. Well, Ms. Rogers, unfortunately, it looks as if WNET is already showing us what programs it thinks are important. There is no doubt that Mr. Rogers' neighborhood is changing.

    Conclusion

        While PBS has certainly brought much quality to television over the years, particularly in education, the arts, and children's programming, the decision of two major PBS stations, WNET in New York and WGBH in Boston, to air an episode of Postcards from Buster in which the main character visits a family headed by two lesbians represents a blatant attempt to infuse homosexuality into mainstream children's programming. The assertions of Paula Kerger, a top WNET executive, that this episode represents just another attempt to expose children to diversity and that children in same-sex families deserve to have their reality acknowledged coupled with her earlier stated comments stating that all viewing audiences benefit from such exposure stands as a selective, blatant, and typically liberal injection of liberal viewpoints in the media. Kerger's vows that this is all good for kids in general and especially those kids living in such situations are a pathetic and transparent excuse for her station's decision. If exposing kids to diverse situations and celebrating kid's particular living situations is so important to Kerger and her station, then why don't they go on to present families where kids are exposed to smoking, drinking, drug abuse, and other forms of abuse? Do not those kids, as Kerger asserts, deserve to be recognized?

        Or how about televising an episode where Buster might encounter a situation where the child could be ignored because his or her mother was, oh, say an executive at a public television station in a big city and might be so hell-bent on pushing her own narrow, progressive and pagan views on others that she might not have time for her own kids? Now that would be an interesting Postcards from Buster!

        It is obvious that neither WNET nor any other station would present such situations as some form of enlightened programming since promoting the homosexual lifestyle and depicting it as normal is their agenda and not reality or inclusion of different children's family experiences. In addition, if inclusion of varied situations were the real goal, as Kerger claims, then religious and spiritual households would be included in the Buster visits. Since the religious and spiritual agenda is not one favored by Kerger and her station, I guess that exposing her audience to that kind of diversity and different points of view is not so important to Kerger. In view of WNET's reduction of reruns of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, it is clear that the neighborhood at WNET is indeed changing. And definitely not for the better. It's becoming the garbage of ghetto godlessness. That is, sadly, one of the bitter 'fruits' of the selling of sodomy to society.

    Gabriel Garnica

      TOMORROW: Part Eight - Common Sense Means Using Our God-given Senses


    For Part One see I Told You So

    For Part Two see Massachusetts Mania!

    For Part Three see They Just Raised The Roof On Absurd Hypocrisy

    For Part Four see From Mental Disorder to Legal Disorder

    For Part Five see Divine Profiling and The Myth of Equality

    For Part Six see "Gender Neutrality": The Fingerprints of Satan


    Editor's Note: Heaven is once again under attack by those who would seek to ignore and overthrow God's majesty and authority. Gabriel Garnica, educator and attorney, submits regular insights and commentaries to remind and help guide readers toward a deeper and more assertive faith. Touching on topics and issues ranging from personal faith, doctrine, education, scripture, the media, family life, morality, and values, Gabriel's notes are music to traditional ears but unpleasant tones to those who have bought into the misguided notions so prevalent and spreading in today's Catholic world.


      Gabriel's Clarion
      March 9, 2005
      Volume 16, no. 68