From the opening theme of Arthur | via YouTube

The religious right is in an uproar over the PBS cartoon series Arthur which is now in its 22nd year. What has the Christian crazies in an uproar is, well, here’s how Dorothy Cummings McLean (a professional orthodox Catholic) describes matters:

A children’s cartoon series featured a homosexual “wedding” for its season premiere episode yesterday.

“Arthur,” the longest-running animated series for children in the USA, began its twenty-second season with the surprise “marriage” of Arthur the Aardvark’s teacher Mr. Ratburn to another man.

In the episode, Arthur and his classmates are intrigued to discover that their teacher is getting married and begin to investigate who his bride might be. When the children appear at the ceremony, they discover that Mr. Ratburn doesn’t have a bride. Instead, he walks down the aisle of the wedding tent on the arm of a male aardvark named Patrick.

I swear, these asses have hot keys to type out the words “wedding” and “marriage” in quotes. Dorothy does not approve. Well, Dorothy, we don’t really care. Your approval is neither solicited nor required.

A parent who watched the episode yesterday evening and contacted LifeSiteNews and contrasted the reactions to the cartoon characters to those of her children.

“The [cartoon] children are a bit surprised but mostly nonchalant about the whole thing,” she wrote from Topeka, Kansas. “Needless to say, in the real world, our children were shocked and confused.”

If your kids are “shocked and confused” over a same-sex wedding then you really need some help with parenting — even in Topeka. I hate to break it to these people but gay people do exist, they are not “objectively disordered” and they do get married. The best part is that there is not a damned thing they can do about it.

Skipping past the requisite litter:

Today PBS Kids states on its website that its goal is to make “a positive impact on the lives of children through curriculum-based entertainment with positive role models and content designed to nurture a child’s total well-being.”

“PBS KIDS encourages children to interact as respectful citizens in a diverse society,” the channel continues.


The “Arthur” episode yesterday marks another victory by LGBT activists to insert homosexual “representation” into beloved children’s shows.

There are two possible reasons for the outsized tumult over a cartoon:

  1. They are stupid enough to think that this will cause their kids to choose to be gay or;
  2. Positive portrayals of gay people make it harder for people to discriminate against LGBT people.

Of course it could be a combination of the two but I am betting that the answer is option 2. Conservative Christians are heavily invested in disparaging LGBT people. Showing kids that it is perfectly normal to be gay (because it is perfectly normal to be gay) cuts against the narrative that is the basis for their persecution and discrimination.

There is no rational reason for the disapproval of LGBT people. It is based on ancient scribbling that bears no relationship to today’s society. Challenging the applicability of their book or the Catholic teaching that gay people are objectively disordered is a disruption to their entire world view.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.