Christian conservative Bryan Fischer on
Friday criticized an upcoming The New Yorker cover
featuring Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie.
Next week's cover has the puppets
snuggling on a sofa in front of a black-and-white television
displaying an image of the nine Supreme Court justices seated in
front of a rainbow flag.
The artist Jack Hunter said of the
cover, titled “Moment of Joy,”: “It's amazing to witness how
attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime. … This is
great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.”
Fischer criticized the magazine's
editors, calling them “irresponsible” for putting Bert and Ernie
in a “homosexual clinch” on their cover.
“Ladies and gentlemen, they are
cuddling on a couch, this is a romantic interlude,” Fischer told
his Focal Point listeners.
After quoting statistics from a highly
discredited study on gay parenting by Mark Regnerus, Fischer
said: “This is grossly irresponsible for The New Yorker
to promote this, they really are promoting child endangerment and
they are promoting child abuse.” (The video is embedded on this
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Regnerus' study concluded that children
raised by gay parents face greater negative outcomes. But only 2 of
the 3,000 subjects reported having parents in a same-sex relationship
for their entire childhood.