Alabama Public Television (APT) has announced it will not air an episode of the kids’ cartoon “Arthur” featuring a gay wedding.
“Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years,” APT Director of Programming Mike McKenzie told AL.com:
“Parents trust that their children can watch APT without their supervision. We also know that children who are younger than the ‘target’ audience for Arthur also watch the program.”
Another episode of “Arthur,” featuring “a girl with two mothers” was also banned by APT in 2005, because airing it would have violated parents’ trust in the network, APT said at the time.
This year’s gay-themed episode of “Arthur” titled, “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” which had originally been scheduled to be broadcast on May 13, will also be excluded from APT’s re-runs.
The episode has been denounced by Christian leaders, such as the Reverend Franklin Graham, who advised parents and their children to shun the program. As CNSNews.com has reported, Rev. Graham is dubious of PBS receiving government funding when it promotes behavior anathema to Biblical teaching:
"PBS receives government funding—why should our government be financing programming that promotes behavior the Bible says is sinful?" said Graham. "I sure don’t want my tax dollars going toward that."