Can You Tell Me How to Get to Castro Street?

Those liberal Northeastern elitists are at it again. It isn't enough that they have to go out and celebrate the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8, like it was cause for something besides quiet mourning for the heterosexual marriages soon to be rent asunder. But now they've enlisted our most beloved puppets in their crusade of depravity. The cover of next week's New Yorker features Bert and Ernie … well, you just have to see it to witness the horror.

Is nothing sacred? Can't two guys share a bedroom for decades in an emotionally supportive relationship based on affection and trust without people wanting to make it all gay? I mean, come on!

Needless to say, conservatives were not pleased when they saw the two sitting on the couch together, Bert's arm resting across Ernie's shoulders. "Is it 'Sesame Street' or 'Castro Street'?" asked liberal media bias inquisitors Newsbusters, a joke that surely didn't occur to anyone else. "Not even Muppets are spared in our culture war," lamented Human Events. The National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez offered an eloquent reply, simply posting the image under the headline, "Innocence. Lost."

Our descent toward a cultural Sodom and Gomorrah continues. Even Disney is getting in on the act, with one of their hundreds of insipid sitcoms, Good Luck Charlie, soon to feature an episode in which the title character has a play date with a kid who has two moms. They really ought to go back to stories in which a young woman waits around for a while, then finally finds fulfillment through elegant evening wear and a marriage proposal from a wealthy man from the aristocracy. Those are the kind of traditional values this country needs.


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Poll of the Day

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