July 25, 2012 12:39 pm ET - by Carlos Maza
UPDATE: The Ruth Institute facebook page has deleted its original Bert and Ernie post.
The National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) Ruth Institute continues to promote the myth that LGBT activists are attempting to “seduce” children into being gay.
In a July 25 Facebook post, the Ruth Institute linked to an image created by a pro-equality group in response to the recent controversy surrounding The Muppets and Chick-fil-A’s anti-gay politics. The image, which depicts Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie as a same-sex couple, seemed to anger the Ruth Institute, which sarcastically added “Oh, no we don’t want to seduce your kids! You’re so paranoid and uptight!”:
When asked by a commenter to explain the image, the Ruth Institute elaborated:
These two characters are Bert and Ernie, from a children’s TV show called Sesame Street, which was originally created by a man named Jim Henson. Bert & Ernie are just two male friends who are roommates. There was some controversy a while back, when gay activists were applying pressure on Sesame Street to have them get married. Sesame Street did not do this, and that controversy died down. But now with the whole new controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A and Henson, an anti-NOM page “shared” this photo and that’s how I found it. Also, leftist gay activists will make a point of claiming that they do not want to influence children toward homosexual behavior. Does this help?
NOM has been a consistent peddler of the claim that gay activists are attempting to “recruit” or “seduce” children into homosexuality:
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