SpongeBob Tolerance Video

Tolerance video going to schools despite conservatives' objections

A children's music video that conservatives say encourages acceptance of homosexuality is being distributed to more than 60-thousand schools around the country.

The video shows SpongeBob SquarePants, Miss Piggy, Oscar the Grouch and many other children's TV characters singing the 1979 disco hit "We Are Family." It comes with a teaching guide that promotes tolerance of diversity. The video is produced and distributed by the Anti-Defamation League and the We Are Family Foundation -- a nonprofit founded by a producer who co-wrote the original song. Conservative groups like the American Family Association and Focus on the Family have charged that the video has a pro-gay subtext. An editor who first criticized it calls the video "innocuous" but says the teaching guide "distorts the definition of family." One of the video's creators says of the criticism, "At first I thought this was so ridiculous that it's funny."