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Republican Congressman Wants to Defund PBS Over Gay Rat Wedding

Republican Congressman Wants to Defund PBS Over Gay Rat Wedding

Just when you thought gay ratgate was over, another right winger is still pressed about a children’s television show. 

Republican congressman Doug Lamborn of Colorado is calling on the government to defund PBS following a May episode of beloved children’s show Arthur in which the title character’s teacher, Mr. Ratburn, married another man in a beautiful ceremony. Lamborn, in a column for The Daily Signal, wrote that “PBS writers deemed it appropriate to preach their liberal views on same-sex marriage to America’s young children.” Man, I’ve got to start reading this website!

“Taxpayers now know with complete certainty that the goal of the PBS cartoon is to impart social liberalism to children,” Lamborn continued. “Enough is enough. It is time to stop sending our hard-earned tax money to support programming that is objectionable to many Americans.”

Lamborn said he is “reintroducing a bill to cut off all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds PBS.” The congressman claims that “public media programming is becoming more antagonistic toward conservative and religious viewpoints.” Let’s hope he’s not watching Drag Race. Lamborn also claims that the left is “targeting children” with evil queer propaganda, and you know what, he has a point — aiming propaganda about who you should marry is a conservative thing! How rude of us to come for their gig. 

The Arthur episode has faced plenty of backlash, including being banned from broadcast in Alabama, although it was later screened at a local church

“I’m really proud of that episode,” Arthur creator Marc Brown told People. “And I will defend it to anybody who wants to talk about it.”

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