Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002]
Please read this below many have probably already heard this but if not we have got to do something about it! I have enough problems without Nickolodeon shoving this in the faces of our CHILDREN!
Please take time to sign,
Cable channel Nickelodeon plans to air a show promoting homosexuality to little children. Your immediate help is needed to stop this inappropriate propaganda. Please visit ConservativePetitions.com and read how 'Nick News,' the channel's Sunday evening 'news magazine' geared to kids age
The potential damage to our little children won't be confined to Nickelodeon. Nick News also is shown in classrooms across the country as a part of 'Cable in the Classroom.' Please see if Nick News airs in schools you care about. Traditional Values Coalition believes 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.
Please sign the petition to Nickelodeon President Herb Scannell. It's available at:
Then email everyone you know to warn them of this pro-homosexual program targeting our children and grandchildren. Act now while there is time to stop this threat.
Executive Director, Traditional Values Coalition
Origins: In early May 2002 incitements to sign a petition opposing a proposed gaycentric segment of Nick News began to percolate through the online community. The segment is a reality and is being planned as a news special described as "engag[ing] children in a discussion over gay parenting and discrimination against homosexuals." To Nickelodeon, it's about addressing issues kids typically face, as many of them have schoolmates who hail from same-sex households. To the Traditional Values Coalition, the group pushing the petition drive, the focus of the segment amounts to an airing of "the homosexual
How one views this topic and the uproar over it will depend in great part upon that person's personal views about homosexuality, as tempered by his or her assessment of the impressionability of children. The petitions intended to drum support for the anti-gay side are often inflammatory, however, so those leaning towards that view will have to do a bit of judicious filtering prior to giving this a real think-over. (The example quoted above is of the milder variety. Other versions we've seen claim gays "are aggressively targeting children for homosexual recruitment!" and the proposed show "will promote homosexual sodomy." Nickelodeon spokesman David Bittler said the show is not about sexuality, but it does offer a chance for children to talk about different family structures, including gay and straight parenting. To us that doesn't sound like the recruitment drive for the bathhouses some of the petitions are making it out to be.)
The Nick News segment in question, "My Family Is Different" (produced by newswoman Linda Ellerbee) will air on Tuesday,
Both sides have expressed their stances on the appropriateness of Nickelodeon's programming. Producer Linda Ellerbee said of the show:
If we're saying gay people deserve tolerance and respect, we're also saying that people are entitled to their own opinions. This is not a show about how one knows her or she is gay; it's not about sex and it does not tell you what to think.
I personally think that since Rosie O'Donnell is participating
It is unthinkable that Nick would open its airwaves for the promotion of a lifestyle that most people of faith do not approve of and certainly to take advantage of the minds of little children who trust Nickelodeon.
All Ellerbee does on the special — part of a series of Nick News reports on the theme "My Family Is Different" — is interview children roughly 10 to
The show itself is, like most Nick News programs, straightforward and diligent, allowing more than one side of the issue to be examined and mercifully refraining from politically correct preachiness. What's scary about the kind of protest that has been mounted is that it seeks to suppress all debate rather than merely put forth a viewpoint; the protesters are saying that merely by acknowledging the existence of same-sex living arrangements, the producers are automatically encouraging them or advocating acceptance of them.
As the host mostly just listens, three say they have at least one gay parent, and three say they believe homosexuality to be "wrong." Several represent minorities historically victimized in the United States by the same kind of hate and prejudice inflicted on gays.
"It's against our religion," a Muslim girl says of homosexuality. "But it's also against our religion to discriminate." A strong message, another strong Ellerbee show — one that parents should join their kids in watching.
Barbara "nick knack" Mikkelson
Last updated: 5 January 2008
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