So the new education secretary blasted PBS for funding a children’s show with lesbian characters. PBS decided not to air the show.
Some will chide Spellings’ concerns as an example of Republican intolerance. But here’s what the PBS spokesperson said regarding the decision:
Ultimately, our decision was based on the fact that we recognize this is a sensitive issue, and we wanted to make sure that parents had an opportunity to introduce this subject to their children in their own time.
That sounds like a statement of tolerance — understanding that not everybody thinks the same way.
I wish Spellings could use her influence to curb this. No young girl should be subjected to this form of brainwashing.
UPDATE: Here’s what Andrew Sullivan has to say:
Children are supposed to be protected from such images. Why didn’t Spellings forbid Mary Cheney and Heather Poe from attending the Inauguration? Again, you see the real agenda of some on the right: not a principled campaign against all non-marital heterosexual sex, but an animus against even the visibility of openly gay couples and people.
An understandable point. But a bit simplistic. Just because you object to 5-year-olds being exposed to lesbians, doesn’t make you a bigot. Some people just don’t want to be bothered with having discussions about homosexuality with their 5-year-old. Other people have deep-felt religious beliefs that oppose homosexuality. Where’s the tolerance for those points of view?