The Washington Post reported yesterday that a gay rights group called “Change.org” recently started a petition requesting PBS to marry Bert and Ernie on the long-running children’s program “Seasame Street.” As of this writing, there are 5,625 signatures. Here’s the text of the petition letter:
In this horrific age of LGBT kids taking their own lives, they need to know that they ARE BEAUTIFUL and their lives are worth living. Aside from those that are committing suicide, the bullies that facilitate these tragedies need to learn that homophobia is NOT okay. They need to know that acceptance of their fellow human beings would indeed plant a seed of peace that will reverberate throughout the world. We are not asking that Sesame Street do anything crude or disrespectful by allowing Bert & Ernie to marry. It can be done in a tasteful way. Let us teach tolerance of those that are different. Let Sesame Street and PBS Kids be a big part in saving many worthy lives.
Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets™ do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.
This may seem like an obscure footnote to the larger culture war that is going on right now concerning human sexuality and the meaning of gender. Nevertheless, it is a revealing flashpoint. Gender revisionists are not simply asking to be left alone. They are trying to influence the coming generation, and they are doing everything they can to make the case to our children that homosexual orientation and conduct is morally acceptable. For another recent example, take a look at the “It Gets Better Project.” This petition is just a piece of that larger effort.
In light of that, Christian parents need to be vigilant about teaching and modeling to our children what the Bible teaches about manhood and womanhood. The secular culture has drifted far afield from that norm and is presenting an alternate view loudly and clearly. More than ever, we need to bear witness to the truth by holding the line in our own homes and churches.