Religious Right Attacks SpongeBob SquarePants

(from the these people seriously need to get a life dept.)

US right attacks SpongeBob video:

Focus on the Family and other groups say the video – a remake of the Sister Sledge hit, We Are Family – is a vehicle for pro-gay propaganda.

The video’s makers plan to mail it to US schools in the spring to promote tolerance and diversity.

They say the attack is based on a misunderstanding.

The video also features children’s favourites like Bob the Builder, along with characters from Sesame Street and The Muppet Show.

But James Dobson, founder of right-wing Christian group Focus on the Family, singled out SpongeBob at a black-tie dinner in Washington in the run-up to President Bush’s inauguration, the New York Times said.

SpongeBob – who appears on the children’s cable channel Nickelodeon – is seen as an icon for adult gay men in the US, apparently because he regularly holds hands with his sidekick Patrick.

When the hell did promoting tolerance and diversity become anti-Christian? It seems to me tolerance and diversity falls under the whole “love thy neighbor as thyself” deal.

Inaugural Schedule

(via the Ironic Times)

6-9 AM: Citizens along the parade route are interrogated and strip searched.
10:00 AM: Attorney General John Ashcroft leads the Abu Ghraib Tabernacle Choir in “Onward Christian Soldiers.”
10:30 AM: Colin Powell interrogated and strip searched.
11:00 AM: All Iraqi election officials granted asylum, interrogated and strip searched.
Noon: Dick Cheney sworn in, exorcised.
1:00 PM: Grand jury investigating Tom DeLay sent to Guantanamo for questioning.
2:00 PM: U.S. Poet Laureate reads “Oh Captain, My Captain,” specially rewritten as a tribute to Ken Lay.
3:00 PM: The “Getting Tough on Corporate Crime” float, featuring Martha Stewart in stocks, passes reviewing stand.
4:00 PM: Bush takes oath, gives speech, “Ask Not What Your Country Can Do to You, When the Only Thing You Have to Fear is Your Country, Itself.”
5-Midnight: Pharmaceutical Industry Soiree, Energy Industry Banquet, Insurance Companies Gala, U. S. Chamber of Commerce Bacchanal.

Revenge of the Sith

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‘I’m Having The Time Of My Life Out Here’:

SEATTLE – Are you ready for Star Wars: Episode Three? Don’t get excited just yet, the new movie doesn’t open until May.

But for one Seattle fan, it’s never too early, or too cold, to start the wait.

Jeff Twieden doesn’t care that it’s freezing outside. He’s camping out in front of the Cinerama Theater in downtown Seattle, waiting for Episode Three to open. It’s only 22 weeks away.

I saw nothing in Star Wars episodes I & II to make me even want to pay to see episode III in the theater, much less wait in front of a theater for 22 weeks.