Thursday, January 20, 2005


By Stockton

A former leader of Swift Boat Commanders for Bush is now under attack from the executive branch of the Republican Party.

"Does anybody here know SpongeBob?" Dr. James C. Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, asked the guests Tuesday night at a black-tie dinner for members of Congress and political allies to celebrate the election results.

SpongeBob needed no introduction. In addition to his popularity among children, who watch his cartoon show, he has become a well-known camp figure among adult gay men, perhaps because he holds hands with his animated sidekick Patrick and likes to watch the imaginary television show "The Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy."

Now, Dr. Dobson said, SpongeBob's creators had enlisted him in a "pro-homosexual video," in which he appeared alongside children's television colleagues like Barney and Jimmy Neutron, among many others. The makers of the video, he said, planned to mail it to thousands of elementary schools to promote a "tolerance pledge" that includes tolerance for differences of "sexual identity."

Commander Bob could not be reached for comment but was captured in this candid, unguarded moment.

Commander Bob reacts to Dobson's comments

Sponge Bob isn't the only fictional character under attack. Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum may hold hearing regarding the exact relationship between two other beloved figures:

"Just what is the nature of their relationship?" Wonders
Santorum. "We'd all like to know."

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