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January 27, 2005

He goes to a church/ called the UCC...

...SpongeBob SquarePants!

This is awesome... absolutely the right way to deal with the lunatic fringe: laugh at them!

Joining the animated fray, the United Church of Christ today (Jan. 24) said that Jesus' message of extravagant welcome extends to all, including SpongeBob Squarepants - the cartoon character that has come under fire for allegedly holding hands with a starfish.

"Absolutely, the UCC extends an unequivocal welcome to SpongeBob," the Rev. John H. Thomas, the UCC's general minister and president, said, only partly in jest. "Jesus didn't turn people away. Neither do we."
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While Dobson's silly accusation makes headlines, it's also one more concrete example of how religion is misused over and over to promote intolerance over inclusion," Thomas said. "This is why we believe it is so important that the UCC speak the Gospel in an accent not often heard in our culture, because far too many experience the cross only as judgment, never as embrace."

Amen, brother!

Posted by jay at January 27, 2005 11:28 PM | TrackBack
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I've been watching a lot of Sponge Bob lately (Hey, now it's activism! Back off!) and I have yet to see Sponge Bob and Patrick holding hands. I've been watching for it since this ridiculous controversy came up and our cable service runs a good six hours of Sponge Bob daily. Not that I'm watching all six hours, just that, oh, never mind.

Posted by: pam on January 28, 2005 07:20 AM

The interesting thing about Sponge Bob for me is that the few times I have watched it there has been a dearth of female characters. The only one I can remember is the squirrel in the deep-sea diving suit. But then it is so hard for me to actually wrap the idea of sexuality around creatures like sponges and starfish.

Although, according to this Starfish are regular orgy attendees - http://www.vsf.cape.com/~jdale/science/reproduction.htm

Sponges, on the other hand, would be considered "selfish hedonists" by the likes of Alan Keyes because in reality they are hemaphrodites. http://www.littleexplorers.com/subjects/invertebrates/sponge/

The cartoon actually ignores the sordid reality of these immoral sea creatures pretty well.

Posted by: terry on January 28, 2005 11:11 AM

Don't forget Mrs. Puff, Sponge Bob's driving school teacher. Sponge Bob's gramma shows up from time to time, as does, oh, once again, never mind. I've said too much already.

Posted by: pam on January 28, 2005 11:36 AM

Gotcha, Pam!

Posted by: terry on January 28, 2005 04:38 PM
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