Tuesday, April 12, 2005

A Family-Friendly Message from the PTC

The Parents Television Council isn't just out to save our children's tender minds; they want to save their souls as well.

The PTC claims on its website to be "nonpartisan," but subscribers to their mailing list can't be faulted if they get a slightly different impression. The most recent missive is essentially an advertisement for the PTC Store, a one-stop shop for "family friendly and socially responsible" gifts. The mailing list email focuses on their selection of personalized holiday gifts. And what are the holidays they zero in on? Why, Mother's Day, First Communion and Confirmation, of course.

Now, there's nothing wrong with any of these special days (and who doesn't want a First Communion Teddy Bear or a Precious Moments Confirmation Figurine?), but the selection is a bit weird. I guess the Bar Mitzvah gifts are just on a page I haven't clicked on yet and the Eid al-Adha page must still be under construction.

A quick look at the PTC advisory board (welcome to the club, Connie Sellecca!) shows that the Christian end of the spectrum is amply represented. There are apparently no Muslims on the board, but film critic Michael Medved—known for, amongst other things, his defense of The Passion of the Christ against charges of anti-Semitism—is there to represent the Jews.

With such diverse leadership, it is almost inconceivable that the non-partisan PTC would actually be suggesting that a good family is by definition a Christian family. Inconceivable. (You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.)
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