There was a brief mild controversy last week after a former writer for Sesame Street, Mark Saltzman, said he considered Bert and Ernie to be lovers when he wrote material for the characters. Even though the show always portrayed them as roommates and friends and nothing more, Saltzman’s comments went viral to the point where the studio behind the show issued a statement, as they’ve done before, that the two puppets are just that and have no “sexual orientation.”
It’s an amusing story in part because anyone who’s watched the show knows that the label of their relationship was inconsequential. They were friends, no matter how you wanted to characterize it. That was it. No matter what the writers thought behind the scenes, the end product was always wholesome and devoid of their personal motivations.
But conservative activist and former state legislator Gordon Klingenschmitt said on his “Pray In Jesus Name” program recently that Saltzman’s comments are proof that he was trying to recruit children into homosexuality. Somehow.
“Mark Saltzman, by projecting his sexuality upon beloved children’s puppets, he is actually trying to recruit children into his perverse lifestyle so that he can eventually recruit them to become what he is,” Klingenschmitt said. “Homosexuals, because they don’t have their own children, they have to recruit the children of heterosexual couples in order to continue and propagate their own population of available sex partners. They are perverting and recruiting children by making these false allegations and that is a demonic spirit inside of you, Mark Saltzman, who [is] targeting children for your own pleasure.”
Klingenschmitt then prayed “against the sin of recruiting and defiling” and called on God to protect children from “the homosexualization of the liberal culture who wants to reach every child possible for their own pleasure.”
It goes without saying that… that’s not how anything works. Gay people don’t recruit. They don’t target children for recruitment. Even if they wanted to, which they don’t, it wouldn’t work because you can’t magically turn someone gay.
But someone like Klingenschmitt has never let the truth get in the way of his Christian fiction.
(via Right Wing Watch)