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US attack on TV gay icon (Telegraph)

Last time I chceked, tolerance was a key plank of the Christian religion. So why is it a problem if SpongeBob Squarepants is spreading a message of tolerance of homosexuals? Kids are not going to magically ‘turn’ gay because their heroic Sponge is a bit camp.

And how did a cartoon Sponge that wears clothes and lives in a pineapple under the sea ever make such a big splash (pun intended) over the pond (I can’t help it) as to make our broadsheets? Do conservative American Christians really not have anything else they could be rallying against? Are there no bigger fish to fry (sorry)? Like ‘One nation, under God’ launching illegal and unjust wars? Or that their country is leading the world towards the destruction of God’s planet?

One of the biggest problems with America today is that they have confused Christianity and patriotism: Quite an acheivement for a country that fiercely defends the separation of Church and State. If you’re not Christian, then you’re anti-American, which is how much of America can justify attacks on Iraq. Surely the leader of a truly Christian nation would end all speeches with ‘Praise God in the highest’, or some other offering of praise, not a request that ‘God Bless America’, which inevitably and inextricably links politics and religion, and offers no pacification to a God that supposedly has the power to cause eternal pain. Frankly, if I believed in that God, I wouldn’t be able to conduct my daily life without fear, as everything I did would have to be out of obessive compulsion to please, or not offend, God. It would be impossible to conduct a normal life with such a belief. The only people who truly demonstrate such a belief are monks and nuns, who I respect highly.

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Comments and responses

Comment from angry E.T.


by angry E.T.

Comment posted at 12:13 on 7th February 2006.

GAYS, JUST GIVE THEM TO HITLER AND MUSLIMS…LESS MUSLIMS AND GAYS IN THE WORLD, THE BETTER WE ARE AS A WORLD..
END OF LINE!

GAYS ARE BETTER OFF HUMPING SHEEP THAN HUMPING EACH OTHER, AT LEAST THEY ARE ABLE TO KEEP THEM FROM SLEEP!


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


by sjhoward

Comment posted at 12:39 on 7th February 2006.

And if the world was filled with people just like you, what a sunny and happy place it would be, with the bunny rabbits and the rainbows and the smiley faces…


Comment from Anonymous


by Anonymous

Comment posted at 08:59 on 9th February 2006.

Why do muslims want to kill people in answer
to everything? How many virgins would be needed to cover
every bomber? Is there any stats! How does Bush and co get away with killing thousands of muslims to protect oil.

I think everyone is being played by these cartoons.
They are cartoons and this is the year 2006. But the
reaction shows religion is dangerous to your health. You shouldn’t put religion before humanity. People commit crimes In the name of God. What God wants that!


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