“Veggie Tales” has been an extremely popular Christian cartoon for YEARS. I remember watching the show on VHS when I was a child, and I am almost 26-years-old now.
As a Christian, I am happy to hear that the creator or the show, Phil Vischer, will not compromise and conform to the worldly standard of “normal.”
He said that Christian filmmakers will have to start addressing the issue of LGBT, however, it should be done from a biblical perspective. Our children are already exposed and force fed that the LGBT lifestyle is normal. For a secular world, yes. For the kingdom of Heaven, no.
“If I get pressure from Hollywood to show two men getting ‘married’ because we’ve all decided it’s right and correct, my pushback is: ‘No, I won’t,” Vischer said, “Because that’s not what I believe is best for kids,’”
“It’s more about what we show as normal rather than explicitly showing something and saying, ‘that’s wrong,’” he continued, “I’m portraying the positive rather than the negative.”
“At least for now,” Vischer added, “I do believe that at some point we’ll be forced to figure out how to explicitly address it.”
Christian families don’t have the choice of whether to expose their children to LGBT issues, he said, with society having placed them on the par with civil rights.
When the PBS Kids TV show “Arthur” featured a homosexual “wedding” earlier this spring, he said, it was a “shot heard through the Christian parenting world.”
“Arthur,” the longest-running animated series for children in the U.S., premiered its 22nd season in May with the surprise “marriage” of Arthur the Aardvark’s teacher Mr. Ratburn to another male.
The program is geared for children ages four to eight, according to PBS, and has the educational purpose of helping children become interested in reading and writing.
One local PBS affiliate in Alabama chose not to run the broadcast over concern it would expose young children to the subject matter without parents having the choice had they not heard about it beforehand. The decision sparked criticism from LGBT advocates and disappointment from the series’ creator.
“Parents are definitely going to have to deal with a growing LGBT presence in children’s media,” Vischer said, “It’s going to show up more and more as the world has decided that LGBT issues are in the same categories as race and civil rights issues. So to say you shouldn’t have a same-sex couple on ‘Sesame Street’ is the equivalent of saying you shouldn’t have a black couple on ‘Sesame Street.'”
As parents, we must guard our babies and protect them. Let them be children. They will have plenty of time to deal with the world’s issues when they are older.