A watchdog group for parents says the country's longest-running children's animated TV series apparently has decided it can no longer stay neutral over the controversial topic of same-gender "marriage."
The PBS KIDS show "Arthur" has been running since 1996. The first episode of its 22nd season was a program that aired this month entitled "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone." Arthur and the rest of his friends attend a same-gender wedding involving their school teacher.
Monica Cole, director of OneMillionMoms, argues that the publicly funded network wanted to push a politically correct agenda.
"They even added a line where Francine [one of the characters on the series] tells the group of friends 'Yep, it's a brand-new world' – and everyone pretty much nodded as a sign of approval to the changing cultural times," Cole explains.
"OneMillionMoms feels that PBS KIDS should leave controversial topics and subjects up to the parents to discuss with their children and not have it brought up during cartoon programs."
Cole says while there was a time when parents trusted PBS KIDS, the network now is no longer safe to watch. 1MM has posted a petition on its website for people to sign and voice their disapproval of what she describes as "the network's attempt to normalize same-sex marriage."
1MM points out this isn't the first time "Arthur" has delved into the controversial issue of same-sex marriage. In 2005, a spinoff of the series ("Postcards from Buster") depicted a family in Vermont with "two moms."
Editor's Note: OneMillionMoms.com is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.