Florida School Board Bans Sponge Bob

The Diversity Committee of the Broward County (Florida) School District has rejected a tolerance video featuring the cartoon character Sponge Bob and other popular children's TV figures. The committee recently voted 10 to 7 not to recommend the We Are Family DVD to the school board, which has been sent to more than 60,000 schools across the United States.

Local radio talk show host Steve Kane has been a member of the Broward County School District's Diversity Committee for three years. He believes the We Are Family Foundation and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) are using the video to get their foot in the door of school systems and to push a pro-homosexual agenda.

“Once they've established that liaison — that acceptance — with the school system,” Kane asserts, “the next step is to try to go for a partnership arrangement with the school system. Then, of course, what you have to concern yourself [with] is the videos that come afterwards, which will become increasingly more 'pro' the lifestyle they are promoting.”

With the homosexual activist movement, the radio commentator says, what one sees is rarely what one gets because many of its goals are advanced in devious ways. For instance, the We Are Family Foundation website previously contained a lot of homosexual-affirming material, including a tolerance pledge for kids. However, after a number of pro-family voices called attention to the group's apparent pro-homosexual agenda, the information has been removed from the foundation's site.

But Kane says now the Anti-Defamation League is using its reputation to push the We Are Family Foundation's agenda in schools. He says, “As the ADL makes this big issue of the fact they've got nothing to do with gays, nothing to do with homosexuality, all the people that are organizing this thing down here are all the major gay groups.”

Although the ADL has not traditionally been a homosexual rights group, the South Florida radio host contends it has now become a pro-homosexual activist organization. “I keep saying 'Hey, if this has nothing to do with gays, why is it that all these meetings are being called by the gay activists?' It's kind of just a little humorous sidelight,” he says.

As a member of the local schools' Diversity Committee, Kane is opposing efforts by the We Are Family Foundation and the ADL to get the foundation's tolerance video shown in Broward County grade-school classrooms. Meanwhile, he continues to speak out against the encroachment of homosexual activism in the local and national public educational systems.

(Jim Brown, a regular contributor to AgapePress, is a reporter for American Family Radio News, which can be heard online. This article courtesy of Agape Press.)

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