It is as unprecedented as it is cunning, using all the right words and
happiest faces in an attempt to speak directly to the nations children
about "tolerance and diversity." Once again, of course, those
ideas include homosexual advocacy.
On November 10, a video remake of the song, "We Are Family,"
was created using the voices and images of over 100 beloved childrens
TV characters. On March 11, 2005, the video performance will air simultaneously
on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and PBS. A similar video aired on those
networks in 2002.
The nations children will be all too familiar with the characters
on the video, incuding those from Arthur, Barney, Blues Clues,
Bob the Builder, The Book of Pooh, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Dora the
Explorer, Jimmy Neutron, Kim Possible, Lilo & Stitch: The Series,
Little Mermaid, Madeline, The Magic School Bus, The Muppet Show, Rugrats,
Sesame Street and SpongeBob Squarepants.
Also in March, the DVD of the song will be distributed to 61,000 public
and private elementary schools across the country. It will be accompanied
by a teachers guide, designed by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL,
www.adl.org), a group that, among
other things, promotes the normalization of homosexuality.
Driving the project is the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF, www.wearefamilyfoundation.org),
which states on its Web site that the song was remixed "to speak
the message of diversity and tolerance to elementary school children nationwide."
On the surface, the project may appear to be a worthwhile attempt to foster
greater understanding of cultural differences among all Americans. However,
a short step beneath the surface reveals that one of the differences being
celebrated is homosexuality.
WAFF was founded as a non-profit organization in 2002 by Nile Rodgers,
who wrote the song "We Are Family" with his late music partner,
Bernard Edwards. The WAFF site says that the group "celebrates our
common humanity and the vision of a global family
The Web site is filled with pro-homosexual materials. A "Tolerance
Pledge," for example, created by Tolerance.org, part of the leftist
Southern Poverty Law Center, encourages signees to pledge respect for
homosexuals and work against "ignorance, insensitivity and bigotry."
Most Christians are now aware of what those code words mean, said AFA
Chairman Don Wildmon. "If you are a person who accepts the homosexual
lifestyle, then you are tolerant," he said. "If you dont,
then you are a bigot who is motivated by ignorance and hate."
One of the teachers guides available online at the WAFF Web site
is called "Writing for Change: Raising Awareness of Difference, Power,
& Discrimination." Full of politically correct lessons on feminism,
it is also a primer for teachers who want to indoctrinate children regarding
sexual orientation issues.
Lessons include such topics as "Talking About Being Out"
and "Uncovering Attitudes About Sexual Orientation." In these
lesson plans, teachers are taught how to introduce students to "the
concepts of homophobia and compulsory heterosexuality."
According to the teachers guide, children should be taught to reject
the idea "that women are naturally or innately drawn
sexually and emotionally toward men, and men toward women," or that
heterosexuality is normal and should be the only model for marriage.
Students are expected to be influenced by the lesson plans. One of the
follow-up questions asks the kids: "How will understanding these
definitions change your thinking about compulsory heterosexuality and
The ADL has partnered with WAFF on the "We Are Family" project
in other ways. The WAFF site includes the ADLs pamphlet, "Close
the Book on Hate," a diversity tome that normalizes homosexuality.
It also contains a reading list for children and adults that includes
such homosexual favorites as Daddys Roommate, Growing Up Gay,
Heather Has Two Mommies, Is It a Choice?, Two Teenagers in Twenty,
and What If Someone I Know Is Gay?
Wildmon said it is difficult taking a stand against such projects. "Nobody
I know has a problem with teaching children to be respectful and tolerant.
It is wrong, however, to use such concepts to open the door to a secondary
discussion about a controversial subject like homosexuality," he
For those people who find it difficult to understand AFAs objection,
Wildmon said they should imagine a scenario in which the shoe is on the
other foot. "What if these television characters were singing about
personality, but then when children went to the Web site, or when the
teacher opened up the accompanying lesson plan, the topic was Christianity?"
He said. "A lot of people would be angry with that kind of approach.
And thats why many Christians will be upset with the strategy taken
by the We Are Family Foundation."
While the March launch of the school project was still a few months away,
Wildmon advised parents to be on the lookout to see if the DVD, teachers
guide, and other WAFF materials find their way into their local schools.