Thursday, January 20, 2005

They've Gone Too Far. SpongeBob?

My boys love SpongeBob SquarePants. Saturday mornings I stagger downstairs in search of coffee to find my dear husband curled up on the couch with his two boys all watching SpongeBob. I like SpongeBob. SpongeBob is hilarious. He is also — at least most of the time — polite, honest, hardworking, loyal, respectful, helpful, clean, optimistic and friendly, all things I want my kids to be. Also there are occasionally references to marine life that are actually factual. Ever see the way scallops are portrayed in SpongeBob? Well we saw some at an aquarium in Maine, and that is exactly the way they move.

But the wacko right has decided that SpongeBob is promoting bad values because he holds hands with Patrick. Mother to Dobson — children hold hands with each other. It is what we teach them to do. But of course, Dr. James C. Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, advoates child abuse.

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