Jonathon Van Maren is already mad. Every June the batshit becomes volcanic
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Jonathon Van Maren was batshit crazy in May. He will be batshit crazy in July. Van Maren is batshittiest in June.

According to anti-LGBTQ polemicist Jonathon Van Marren: Pride Month shows: Christians must opt out of mainstream culture in America. He continues with a nonsensical subtitle:

Our society conforms itself to revelation, or to revolution. It cannot do both.

Presumably, by “revelation,” Van Maren refers to divine disclosure of something important to the world. Revelation seems dependent upon people who claim to have had a chat with the deity. Hopefully society does not conform to Van Maren’s delusions.

Revolution is something that is neither good nor bad per se. In their aftermath we can opine regarding their virtue.

Revelation and revolution are neither opposites nor mutually exclusive. Moreover, the two terms represent a false choice. Society (including public policy) conforms to many things. Past experience, discovery and science come to mind. There are many more.

But let’s get back to Pride Month:

… the queering of children’s entertainment has been moving at a rapid clip for some time; but in June, things tend to speed up. There was the Blue’s Clues jingle for kids sung by the drag queen, and new kid’s content for Pride is being pumped out almost daily.

I always ask the same questions:

Which is it?

  • Do you think that sexual orientation and gender identity are contagious or;
  • are you troubled that positive portrayals of sexual minorities makes it harder for kids to be prejudiced?

I have to assume that Van Maren and others want kids to be prejudiced and oppressive. They also want children to ignore scientific realities.

“Van Maren is wed to the proposition that he has a religious duty to denigrate LGBTQ people and their allies. That is in spite of the fact that his derision is aimed at people who have done no harm.”

In Van Maren’s orbit, objective truth does not exist. Objective truth is replaced with religious doctrine which, to the zealots, represents absolute truth irrespective of evidence to the contrary. Thus, for example, medical science is only accurate when it conforms to the dogma.

Uh-Oh: A sinister conspiracy afoot:

Nickelodeon is pushing shoes for kids that sport Sponge Bob Squarepants with the Pride rainbow and the slogan “With Imagination, I Can Be Anything I Want.” In this context, of course, they mean bisexual, transgender, or any of the other options available in our ever-expanding alphabet of sexual minorities. Sponge Bob Squarepants [sic], incidentally, was outed as gay a while back. Children’s cartoon characters remained closeted until it became corporately convenient to out them.

“With Imagination, I Can Be Anything I Want” has nothing to do with sexuality. Unlike certain religious fanatics, children are not obsessed with their sexuality. I wonder if any child imagines himself to be a religious extremist.

The correct presentation of the animated television series is SpongeBob SquarePants. As for the character, SpongeBob SquarePants, he is a sea sponge. I have no idea what his sexual orientation is or even if he has a sexual orientation. Does a sponge have a penis?

The obsessive diatribe continues:

On June 5, Nickelodeon also released a song targeted at kids called “The Meaning of Pride,” featuring “Drag Queen Nina West,” and designed to teach kids the precepts of Pride — an original for children to “celebrate by lifting up voices in the LGBTQIA+ community!” If children (or adults, for that matter) are unaware of what that lengthening acronym refers to, you can be assured that there is more children’s programming coming your way to explain it all. Parents who like to use cartoons to babysit their kids for an hour or two can be assured that their children will be well taken care of by a very educational drag queen. (It does bear mentioning, however, that the video has 1,000 likes and 9,700 dislikes.)

“Do you think that sexual orientation and gender identity are contagious or; are you troubled that positive portrayals of sexual minorities makes it harder for kids to be prejudiced?”

For your viewing pleasure:

Imagine the time, dedication and energy that these crazy people devote to knowing about every tweet, video, essay, presentation, award, etc. that they disapprove of. The religious nutters are easy to follow. We know their outlets. Yet how many videos must one watch to know about this particular offering?

The message for normal, rational people is that kids should be kind to people who are different. Kids like drag queens. They get it. A drag queen is just an entertainer. Bigots always resort to claiming that LGBTQ persons pose a danger to children.

Van Maren is wed to the proposition that he has a religious duty to denigrate LGBTQ people and their allies. That is in spite of the fact that his derision is aimed at people who have done no harm. People like Van Maren imply that their mere existence is harmful but they never specify what that harm is.

I return to the same two questions:

Which is it?

  • Do you think that sexual orientation and gender identity are contagious or;
  • are you troubled that positive portrayals of sexual minorities makes it harder for kids to be prejudiced?

Is there a third possibility? Religious disapproval of LGBTQ people does not mean that LGBTQ people pose a danger to kids, or anyone else for that matter. Furthermore, it is spectacularly stupid to create this controversy. It makes no more sense than marginalizing redheads.

Who else does Van Maren disapprove of? Jews? Muslims? Buddhists? What is the point of promoting this kind of discord? In the final analysis, Van Maren is promoting fear and shame. Moreover, nFirst,o one learns anything of any importance.

“… trans youth deserve our support. They endure far too much hateful noise from ignoramuses.”

The expressed hate is endless:

According to The Christian Post: “In an exclusive interview with Variety, trans-identified actor Michael D. Cohen announced that 13-year-old Sasha Cohen (no relation) has been cast on an upcoming episode of the TV series ‘Danger Force,’ which will air on June 19. Sasha Cohen’s appearance on ‘Danger Force’ comes six months after Michael D. Cohen first launched the Trans Youth Acting Challenge.” Capitalism follows culture, and trans kids are very trendy at the moment.

“Trendy.” There is no more vulnerable segment of our society than transgender youth. They are “trendy.” Van Maren is smearing kids who have a medical condition that he is instructed to disapprove of. First, one of this is original thought on Jonathon Van Maren’s part. Secondly, he is regurgitating whatever unsavory meal the Vatican feeds him.

Most Catholics are far more rational. They support LGBTQ equality in percentages greater than the general population.

Mindlessly parroting religious dogma is the antithesis of critical thinking. And, by the way, trans youth deserve our support. They endure far too much hateful noise from ignoramuses..

Van Maren seems convinced that there exists a sinister conspiracy aimed specifically at him:

… the Cartoon Network has also released a children’s Pride video to “celebrate LGBTQIA+ kids and families. The video features Jax, who uses “they/them” as pronouns and is the Youth Ambassador for San Diego Pride; families with two dads; and a series of slogans encouraging kids to engage in self-expression. In this context, of course, the sorts of things kids are encouraged to express goes without saying. “Happy Pride Month!” the video says.

“Van Maren is saying is that tolerance, acceptance and kindness are bad. Moreover, he is positing that bigotry is good.”

So what? What is the harm? Where is the peril? When someone claims that perfectly harmless people pose a danger doing so is unambiguously hateful. The palpable danger is someone making people afraid of persons who are not only harmless but are victims of bigotry.

Jonathon Van Maren attempts to come to a point. Van Maren has asserted that LGBTQ people and those who support them are evil. Yet, with all this blather he fails to identify why they are evil and how they affect others.

I think there’s an important point here for parents to recognize that many have not: Christians must opt out of mainstream culture in America. This has been true for some time, but now there is no way parents can pretend that there is any such thing as innocent children’s entertainment. That entertainment is produced by companies who have an agenda for your kids. They’re not being secretive about it, either. All of the available polling data indicates a sea change in the views of young people on LGBT issues, and the reason for this is obvious: All of the cultural currents are flowing in one direction. To swim against the tide is to take a stand.

In essence what Van Maren is saying is that tolerance, acceptance and kindness (“cultural currents”) are bad. Moreover, he is positing that bigotry is good. Who knew that bias and injustice are virtues? Take a stand by “indoctrinating” kids with hate?

In the United States, Republicans coddle these nitwits because without their support they cannot get elected. That is not a permanent condition.

Furthermore, people are increasingly realizing that the science is correct:

  • Sexual orientation is not a choice.
  • Gender identity is not a choice.
  • Conversion therapy is futile and harmful. It continues to exist as a pretext for bigotry.

People like Jonathon Van Maren are frantic. They are in meltdown because their power over others is diminishing. The more it wanes the more feverish and incoherent they become.

The immediate concern is the plight of LGBTQ kids. What happens when those youths have the misfortune to have parents who actually believe the religious extremists? Then there are the straight kids who are being taught to hate. How much tangible danger do they pose to sexual minorities?

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.