Friday, January 21

SpongeBob is Innocent!

We've got some fans of the square-pantsed-one in this family. I'll admit it: I don't understand the appeal. My opinion of the cartoon is that it's just plain stupid.

Unfortunately, evangelical spokesman James Dobson is doing a good job outdoing the silliness of the cartoon itself. His SpongeBob foolishness is just so goofy on so many different levels that it makes my head spin. The connections he has to make in order to maintain his argument are so non-existent or tenuous that it reminds me of.....well....a dried-out sponge. And of course, this is the sort of thing reflects badly on all of us who fall under the evangelical label, because there are lots of people out there who only know how to paint us all with the same brush.

Fortunately, I don't have to analyse the whole kerfluffle for you (and I probably wouldn't anyway), because Parableman's already done it, and I can just point you his way. He tells us why he doesn't think James Dobson is a bigot, as some are suggesting, but why he is showing himself to be Pharisaical.

I'll just add this bit of my own opinion: It's a good thing to stand firmly for what's right, but when our focus shifts from standing for what's right to sniffing out any bit of evil, we run the risk of falling into the trap Dobson has fallen into.