The religious right is continuing to warn of the dangers of pop culture because, as we all know, behind every popular TV show, book series, or music sensation, Satan and his minions lurk. When I was a kid, the Devil was using Pokémon to teach kids the evil doctrine of (gasp!) evolution. Once I got over my Pokémon faze and started reading the Harry Potter books around age 11, they decided to warn me that I was going to become a witch (warlock?) if I kept reading them.
Thank God for Truth in Action Ministries, a fundamentalist Christian organization that recognizes the true dangers to America. They even use The Hunger Games book trilogy to illustrate this without claiming that Satan possessed Suzanne Collins when she wrote the fictional story of a dystopian future America. In a recent video, they discussed whether or not America is heading towards a “Hunger Games” style future. To illustrate their fear of what the future may hold, they pointed to the September 11 attacks, the wars in the Middle East, drug abuse, Apartheid, Hitler and… Glee.
Well, nevermind. Apparently, a kiss between two gay male characters, Kurt and Blaine, on the television series is on par with the Holocaust and Islamic terrorism.
Dave Daubenmire of Pass the Salt Ministries was incensed. In his article, which included the censored image of the kiss seen below (“blocked for decency’s sake”), he declared thus:
“Oh, how the pigs will squeal. The sodomites will cry ‘hate’ as if the truth of a picture can be hateful. The Christians in pretty suits will cry ‘mean’ as if being nice ever won a war.Glenn Beck announced this past week that he's on board with the Glee-is-produced-by-Satan train, describing how he and his wife watched an episode in "horror."
It is God who first called them sodomites. If it is good enough for him then it should be good enough for us. It is time to take off the gloves. It is time to get down and dirty. It is time we fought like we wanted to win.” [Daubenmire then requests a non-tax deductible gift to fund the war with the gays].
Meanwhile, another pop culture icon drew the ire of staunch fundamentalists this past week. Charisma magazine published an articledenouncing X-Men for an issue that had…gay people in it. One Million Moms expressed fears that gay characters in X-Men would lead little boys who want to be super heroes also wanting to have boyfriends.
But really, they shouldn't worry that Glee or X-Men will turn their kids gay if precedent means anything. The Harry Potter film series surpassed Star Wars as the biggest film series of all time and the sales of the book series are also unprecedented. Somehow, the generation that grew up with Harry Potter still hasn’t exchanged their cars for flying brooms… yet.