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FIRST-PERSON: Popular children’s network to promote homosexual agenda

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP)–If anyone doubts the truly proselytizing nature of the homosexual movement, one need only consider the case of “Nick News” on the cable television network, Nickelodeon.

But isn’t Nickelodeon the place to watch kids getting “slimed” for a wrong answer on a game show or find re-runs of old television shows? Nickelodeon, after all, bills itself as a network parents can trust.

Hosted and produced by long-time pro-gay activist and left-wing journalist Linda Ellerbee, “Nick News” is a program about current events and important issues faced by 8-13-year-old kids that airs on Sunday evenings. It also is part of the “Cable in the Classroom” teaching tool used in schools across America.

According to the Traditional Values Coalition, a conservative, pro-family organization in Washington, “Nick News” will soon air a program that will promote homosexuality to children. The show will include discussion of homosexual “families,” anti-discrimination legislation and a discussion with middle-school-aged children who claim to be homosexual.

Some of the questions that reportedly will be covered on the show include:

— What do you think about homosexuals? Do you think it is morally wrong to be a homosexual? Why or why not?

— Many kids these days are growing up in families that are non-traditional (have two moms, or two dads). What do you think about that?

— Do you think homosexuals are discriminated against because of who they are?

— Do you think we need laws to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination? Why or why not?

Andrea Lafferty, executive director of TVC, says, “This show is completely inappropriate and should not air. This show is nothing more than pure propaganda. It is an attempt to further desensitize our nation’s children.”

Lafferty confronted one of the staff members of “Nick News” about the nature of the show. The assistant to Ellerbee even acknowledged that most parents believe homosexuality is wrong and teach their children accordingly. So, the question arises, why would this subject matter be used for this program? Who could reasonably argue that children of this age group should be confronted with the issue of homosexuality? Who would rationally believe that the program will address the issue in a fair and balanced fashion, given Ellerbee’s well-known sympathies on the subject?

As a parent of two children within the target market of “Nick News,” I’m outraged that a children’s television network would pursue such programming. Outraged, yes, but not surprised. Whatever happened to letting kids be kids!

In spite of the best spin control of the homosexual lobby, it’s clear that the movement seeks more than mere acceptance and toleration of their deviant lifestyle. The homosexual lobby demands that you and I be made to endorse and promote their practices and seek every opportunity to cause their lifestyle to be seen as a part of the mainstream of American culture. That’s what the campaign to force the Boy Scouts of America to accept homosexual scouts and leaders is all about, and that’s the agenda of Ellerbee’s “Nick News.”

What can you do about this outrage? The Traditional Values Coalition is promoting an online petition, www.conservativepetitions.com, to urge the network to drop any plans for the show.

The petition, which has gained 26,000 signatures as of May 13, urges Nickelodeon executives to “call an immediate halt to any attempt by Linda Ellerbee to use Nickelodeon as a propaganda network for homosexual activist groups” and pledges that “if you move ahead with this program, I assure you my children will never be allowed to watch Nickelodeon again.”

Herb Scannell, president of Nickelodeon, can be reached by calling (212) 258-7590 or writing him at 1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036.

Tell Nickelodeon to dump Ellerbee’s agenda. If the pro-homosexuality show airs, you can be sure that our kids will be “slimed” in a manner that will not be easy to clean-up.
Smith is executive editor of the Florida Baptist Witness newsjournal.

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