I was born July 4th in the US...absolutely no lie...so my first holiday wasn't Christian either. Thank Goddess there are other holidays than those strictly endorsed by the church - wait, every year my biggest, most favorite Independence Day party is at my church. Please don't slam Blues Clues for not being a strictly Christian show that suppresses everything not Christian - that's not a very Christian attitude, is it? (Wait, are you the kind that says "tolerate others" or "screw everyone else, do it Jesus-style!"? Wait...Jesus-style is tolerating others' points of view and experiences, isn't it?) I'm just having some fun here, but seriously, this is how you're coming off in that post. (Of course, I'm just assuming you're more level-headed; I could be wrong.)
I agree about nearly everything else - Mr Dressup was a true innocent classic, and few today hold a candle. It was certainly one of my childhood favorites in the 1970s, and looking back, it had to be because it didn't tell me how I had to be. The good news is, shows like Blues Clues aren't that different from it, where the focus is on imagination, storytelling, and pretend play. These things seem to be taboo concepts these days.
PS - I didn't realize that the church dicates that February 14th is the only day one can celebrate Love.
"Be Quicker of Mind Than of Tongue"
"Blue's First Holiday" was focused only on Christmas, not other holidays like US Independence Day. And I'm not slamming these shows for being non-Christian, I'm slamming them for being secular and non-religious whatsoever. These shows are pushing religion out of the minds of our kids, and much as you may not believe, religion will be gone in America within 100 years at this rate. Kids aren't allowed to say Jesus or Christmas or Allah or whatever in schools, and I swear to God last Christmas, there was a little girl who was scolded for bringing a "Happy Birthday Jesus" cake, and she cried. What the *beep* is that?!? Religious freedom? I don't *beep* think so! Another girl's mic was cut off when she was about to say "Jesus" in her valedictorian acceptance speech, and the entire crowd jeered and booed. Christianity is not the issue, it's secularism (look it up) and atheism. As for the "Blue's Clues" Love Day special, it was aired on 13 February so it was definitely a Valentine's Day special, without the St. Valentine. This country is becoming an irreligious facist nation.
[B]**Bring back Brosnan as Bond! Heck, if not get Roger Moore! ANYONE ELSE!**
"And I'm not slamming these shows for being non-Christian, I'm slamming them for being secular and non-religious whatsoever. These shows are pushing religion out of the minds of our kids, and much as you may not believe, religion will be gone in America within 100 years at this rate."
Why should it be a television show's responsibility to teach children about religious values? Shouldn't it be left up to the parents to pass along their own beliefs to their children rather than relying on an animated character to teach children about their family's religious traditions?
The whole reason why today's television shows don't include Christian education is because North America is no longer filled with only Christians. Just as a Christian parent would be uncomfortable with their child receiving education of the Jewish faith, so would a Jewish parent feel about their child receiving Christian teachings.
If you are so adament about children receiving religious education, may I suggest you enroll your children in any of the number of Christian schools that are out there or perhaps you should start up a play group at your local church. Rather than expecting the entertainment industry, which is filled with people of varying beliefs, to educate your children when it comes to religion, maybe you should spend time with them and explain your beliefs instead of leaving the television to raise them.