Bishop says Play School no place for 'two Mums'
Bishop Christopher Toohey has joined in the widespread community criticism of the ABC TV program Play School for showing a segment related to lesbian marriage.
The Catholic Weekly reports that the segment showed a young girl going to a fun park with a pointed reference to her "two Mums".
Bishop Toohey, of the NSW country Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes, is secretary of the Bishops Committee for the Family and for Life. He said the segment is inappropriate and would be confusing for young children.
The Play School segment has been condemned by Prime Minister John Howard, Opposition Leader Mark Latham, Communications Minister Daryl Williams and Church groups.
Bishop Toohey said: "Kids need some kind of view of the world consistent with human experience and I would think that the concept of 'two Mums' would be very difficult for little kids to handle."
Bishop: Play School not the place for 'two Mums' (Catholic Weekly 13/6/04)
ABC | Play School
Bishops Committee For The Family And For Life
Catholic Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes
Mums no fun for kindy cops (The Australian 10/6/04)
Kevin Donnelly: Attack on tradition goes well beyond Play School (The Australian 8/6/04)
Play School scandal (The Age 10/6/04)
No lesbians, we're Australian (Pretoria News 8/6/04)
Gov't Scolds Broadcaster for Exposing Pre-Schoolers to 'Two-Mom' Families (cnsnews.com 8/6/04)
Howard blasts kids' show over portrayal of lesbian couple (Taipei Times/Asia Media 7/6/04)
10 Jun 2004