The social engineers lurking in the shadows of Sesame Street are up to their old tricks—inculcating the minds of millions of preschoolers with their radicalized social agenda. Leveraging the so-called pride month, last Thursday's episode, "Family Day," prominently featured two gay dads as part of their effort to redefine the definition of the family.
Alan Muraoka, who plays "Alan"—the owner of Hooper's Store, and who co-directed this episode, gushed: "Sesame Street has always been a welcoming place of diversity and inclusion. So I'm so excited to introduce Nina's Brother Dave, his husband Frank, and their daughter Mia to our sunny street." Never mind the confusion that might ensue as the sippy cup, diaper-clad audience tries to figure out how two daddies had a baby. Muraoka adds, "Love is love, and we are so happy to add this special family to our Sesame family. Happy Pride to all!!!!"
Peddling alternative lifestyles isn't exactly new on Sesame Street.
Lesbian and gay celebrities, such as Ellen DeGeneres and Billy Eichner, have enjoyed cameo appearances; Billy Porter, an LGBT cross-dressing activist (1/2020), was prominently featured; and, the show tweeted: "Sesame Street is proud to support families of all shapes, sizes and colors" along with a multicolored rainbow of Muppets during Gay Pride month (6/23/2017). More recently they tweeted: "On our street, we accept all, we love all, and we respect all. Happy #PrideMonth!" (6/11/2020).
The June 17th episode not only had two gay dads striking a pose, the Muppet producers pulled strings to have country artist Kelsea Ballerini perform a catchy little ditty for toddlers with Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Elmo et al. swaying and singing background harmonies. After explaining to Elmo that she loves all families "because every family's different," Ballerini sang:
Some families have a mom and dad / some just one or the other
Your family might be you and grandma / or mom, you and your brother
But one thing every family has / whatever they may be
Is a thing that we call love, that's what makes a family.
Yeah, love makes a family.
A family might be your uncle / or your aunt and you
Some families have one mother / some families have two
But the one thing every family has / whatever they may be
Is a thing that we call love / that's what makes a family
Yeah, love makes a family
After she finished and everyone cheered, I wouldn't have been entirely surprised if Kermit the Frog returned to the show and changed his song, "It's Not Easy Bein' Green," to something more inclusive like "It's Not Easy Bein' LGBTQ2S+." Maybe that's in the works for next year.
Clearly, Sesame Street is using children's TV as their personal re-education camp of the next generation. The irony wasn't lost on Family Research Council President, Tony Perkins, who observed, "It wasn't that long ago that LGBT activists were trying to get the government out of their private lives. Now they want to throw their private lives into our faces, our children's faces, and every classroom in between."
This indoctrination of toddlers to embrace gay and alternative lifestyle families is no small matter. Fifty years after its inception, according to an audience analytics report, "Sesame Street has higher demand than 99.8% of all Children titles in the United States." The show's massive impact is felt around the world, reaching, according to The Hollywood Reporter, "150 million children across the globe" via more than 150 versions of the show, produced in 70 languages.
At the risk of sounding like Oscar the Grouch, the Muppets are proselytizing the largest classroom of young minds in the world. They have free reign to peddle infantile pablum like "There's all kinds of different families. But what makes us a family is that we love each other."
Really? Loving each other is the defining building block of a family?
That squishy definition begs the question: If, for instance, the members of the international criminal gang MS-13 loved each other, does that make them a family, too? Should they be featured on Sesame Street with, say, Snoop Dogg rapping about the joys of being in a thug life family? What about polygamy? Polyamory? Where does it stop? With this gay family narrative, they've effectively opened Pandora's box.
Don't get me wrong. Sesame Street should be commended for its efforts to teach preschool-level skills, including the importance of sharing, the thrill of exploring a new adventure, the value of friendship, the need for self-confidence and the joy of learning. But they cross a line when they act as the governing moral authority, one which celebrates what God calls sin, and shuns the Judeo-Christian teaching that the basis of a family is one man, married to one woman, for a lifetime, to nurture and raise children.
Without question, Sesame Street has done a great disservice to their viewership. How? By failing to explain that a family with two daddies always deprives children of a mommy; conversely, a family with two mommies deprives children of a daddy. In His wisdom, God designed us male and female—each with unique and necessary contributions to make in the raising of children.
Why, then, would we intentionally create motherless or fatherless families? Doesn't that suggest dads and moms are optional? And, aren't we effectively implying that masculinity and femininity no longer matter? As Focus on the Family's Glenn Stanton has observed, "There are thousands of social science studies showing negative outcomes for children who are denied their mothers and fathers."
Concerned parents should, of course, consider other ways to engage the hearts and minds of their toddlers than parking them on Sesame Street. With older children, consider gaining the God's-eye view by reading and discussing Leviticus 18:4-18, 23-24a, 29-30 as well as Romans 1:24-27.
The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Christian Headlines.
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Bob DeMoss is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 40 books including collaborations with Phil Robertson/Duck Dynasty, Jim Daly/Focus on the Family, Andy Stanley, and Tim LaHaye/Left Behind. His latest short story is "Hazel: The Outlaw Mummy". Visit BobDeMoss.com.