Children’s Programming And LGBTQ: Christian Media’s Back is Against the Wall

  • The presence of LGBTQ characters and scenarios in children’s programming is eventually going to force Christian media to address the related issues earlier than desired.
  • Christian media will need to figure out how to weave biblical teachings on appropriate sexual relations within their content to educate children on how to respond to LGBTQ propaganda.
  • Veggie Tales co-creator, Phil Vischer, says that addressing LGBTQ issues in Christian media at the moment “would be difficult for a couple of reasons.”
  • More and more LGBTQ characters are showing up in programs created for children.
  • Children are slowly being programmed into believing that same-sex issues aren’t in violation of any ethical code.

One of the co-creators of the beloved Christian children’s program “Veggie Tales,” is speaking out to parents to make them aware that changing attitudes in the world will soon force Christian media creators to include and address LGBTQ topics on their shows.

Growing LGBT Presence in Children’s Media

Phil Vischer, the co-creator of Veggie Tales, has mentioned that secular TV shows and movies have already started bringing LGBTQ issues and same-sex relationships into their storylines. He says it’s only a matter of time until Christian media creators are going to be forced to address LGBTQ topics on their shows.

“Parents are definitely going to have to deal with a growing LGBTQ presence in children’s media,” said Vischer during an interview with The Christian Post.

“It’s going to show up more and more as the world has decided that LGBTQ issues are in the same categories as race and civil rights issues. So to say you shouldn’t have a same-sex couple on ‘Sesame Street’ is the equivalent of saying you shouldn’t have a black couple on ‘Sesame Street.’”

Forced to Deal With LGBTQ Issues From Biblical Perspective

The world is changing, and likewise in the entertainment world, LGBTQ issues are something that Christian media creators won’t be able to sidestep for much longer.

It is very likely that media companies, and perhaps even the market, are both going to demand it. It’s going to be quite a tight rope to walk since it’s going to be impossible to find biblical passages that condone same-sex relationships.

Phil Vischer is a longtime veteran in the world of children’s entertainment. Vischer says that it’s only a matter of time before he and other Christian producers will have to address the LGBTQ issue from a biblical perspective.

“I think it will have to be addressed at some point; I do think it’s a matter of time,” Vischer says. “But right now, I think it would be difficult for a couple of reasons.”

“First: the nuance of how to treat LGBTQ issues isn’t agreed upon within the Church; and secondly, some parents may want to have that talk with their kids. It’s tricky because it’s so divisive. It would be hard to do it in a way that works and matches everyone’s expectations.”

More LGBTQ Characters Appearing in Children’s Programming

This past year, the PBS cartoon Arthur, featured an episode that showed a group of characters attending the wedding of their gay teacher.

Another popular children’s television show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, debuted an episode titled, The Last Crusade in which the couple Aunty Holiday and Auntie Lofty were introduced as a lesbian couple.

The duo first made an appearance in the book Ponyville Mysteries: Riddle of the Rusty Horseshoe in 2017.

Programmed to Think Differently

Children are already being indoctrinated with LGBTQ issues in the classroom, regardless of the fact of whether parents want these issues addressed at home rather than in the classroom.

“The most striking thing about that episode of Arthur wasn’t that they thought it was time to introduce kids to gay marriage; it was the reaction of all the kids on the show,” Vischer said. “None of them asked questions about why two men were getting married. Their reaction was, ‘Oh, OK! Great!’”

“It’s such a strong message of, well kids, of course, you’re fine with gay marriage because there’s nothing to question about it,” Vischer added. “That’s a little more concerning.”

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