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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 04, 2004

Christopher Zehnder reports on Cootie Shots: Theatrical Inoculations Against Bigotry, a program designed to aid elementary school students in overcoming intolerance they may have learned at home.

The theme of homosexual marriage is revisited in "Play Wedding," where Noodlehead explains to Bananabrain (both playing with stuffed animals) that Mr. Lizard can marry Gorilla instead of Barbie, even though Mr. Lizard and Gorilla are both boys. Bananabrain is incredulous until Noodlehead relates that her Uncle Chester married his boyfriend and had a wedding. To questions posed by Bananabrain, Noodle asserts that the two grooms wore ties and not dresses and had flowers. "Did they kiss?" asks Bananabrain. "Yup," replies Noodlehead. "For a long time." This fact is a sticking point, it seems, for Bananabrain, for he later asks the same question, and Noodlehead replies with the same "Yup. For a long time." Finally, Bananabrain accepts that "boys can have a wedding" and allows Mr. Lizard and Gorilla their nuptials. What became of Barbie we never learn.

You may feel some vague apprehension as to whether such indoctrination is congruent with Church teaching, but there's absolutely no cause for concern, because one of the creators is himself in Holy Orders.

The collaborators also include one Catholic priest, Father Cris Rosales, a Salesian. Father Cris wrote one of the plays, "Just Because You're You," in which a father assures his effeminate son that God loves him just the way he is.

Incidentally, there is no reason to believe that gays are more likely than straights to abuse stuffed animals.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 05, 2004 9:44 PM ET USA

    In Performink Chicago's Entertainment trade paper the Dec. 5th edition has a front page article of About Face Youth Theatre for GLBT and the theater has a budget of 250,000 dollars! where did that money come from? I hate to say it but it is going to get a whole lot worse before it will get any better. Don't be afraid to stand up and be catholic.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 05, 2004 10:05 AM ET USA

    I'm on our local public school board, and already the gay lobby has sought to infiltrate our school system with these sorts of insidious programs. Thankfully, we have large elderly population -- almost all Catholic -- who recoil and rebel against efforts that undermine the morality they've conformed to their entire lives. My battle is with the school administrators who preach "inclusion" and "tolerance," and rail against "homophobia." So far, we're winning if only by a holding action.