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A Republican in Congress wants to end funding for PBS over a children’s cartoon

Mr. Ratburn and his husband
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A Republican member of Congress is trying to de-fund PBS for airing an episode of Arthur that featured a gay wedding.

The long-running children’s cartoon started its 22nd season in May with an episode that showed the characters’ teacher, Mr. Ratburn, marrying another man.

Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO), whose district includes Colorado Springs, introduced legislation to end funding for PBS and National Public Radio (NPR), citing the Arthur episode of evidence that PBS is “offensive to many conservatives and religious taxpayers.”

“Enough is enough,” he wrote in a release on his Congressional webpage. PBS “has offended many conservative and religious taxpayers who do not want the children inculcated with liberal viewpoints on sensitive topics.”

Related: Alabama Public TV bans ‘Arthur’ episode because kids are too young to know that gay people exist

“Let’s bring an end to forcing Americans to subsidize media programming that is unconstitutional.”

He cites support from the SPLC designated hate group Family Research Council and Franklin Graham, who recently called on South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg to “repent” for “flaunting” his sexuality.

Lamborn’s statement also mentions the national debt, which he said is over $22 trillion. He then says that his legislation would save the government $445 million a year, or 0.00002% of the national debt.

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