In case you haven’t been following the twists and turns in the wildly successful PBS cartoon Arthur (and why wouldn’t you be?), let me bring you to speed. In the episode “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” the title character’s third grade teacher marries another male character.”It’s a brand new world!” one of the students says during the wedding. And it certainly is.
Of course not everybody finds the fictional wedding of a male rat to a male aardvark cause for celebration. Right wing evangelist/Trump lover/Putin praiser/Mayor Pete basher Franklin Graham has expressed his absolute HORROR that such a thing was allowed to air on TV. “Think of the children!” he bellowed as he clutched his imaginary pearls. “What has become of our country if we allow same-sex interspecies cartoon marriages to exist?”
He writes on Facebook:
“Do your children or grandchildren watch the cartoon “Arthur”? I hope not. This PBS animated series is promoting the LGBTQ agenda. In a new episode, Arthur’s male third grade teacher gets married—to another male character. During the wedding, one of the students exclaims, “It’s a brand new world!” I’ll say—but not for the better. PBS receives government funding—why should our government be financing programming that promotes behavior the Bible says is sinful? I sure don’t want my tax dollars going toward that. I think many viewers may be surprised and disappointed in this content decision. I hope everyone will rise up and clearly tell PBS that they do not want to see this kind of programming slipped in to try to influence the hearts and minds of our children and grandchildren.”
And if you REALLY want to torture yourself, read the comments to his Facebook post. His followers seem to be just as loony and hate filled as he is.
Of course not everybody had a conniption, though. A few well-wishes for the happy couple below.
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