January 26, 2005

by Reb Yudel
Secretary of Education promises to check tzitzis of PBS children's shows

Our new Secretary of Education opines on children's television:

``Many parents would not want their young children exposed to the lifestyles portrayed in the episode,'' Spellings wrote in a letter sent Tuesday to Pat Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of PBS.

One of the prices of not having cable is that I'm not up to date on children's television. So I can't really vouch for ``Postcards From Buster'' a PBS shows featuring an animated bunny named -- you guessed it! -- Buster. It turns out that Buster has taken to visiting some pretty un-Christian places lately. According to published accounts,

The not-yet-aired episode of ``Postcards From Buster'' shows the title character, an animated bunny named Buster, on a trip to Vermont -- a state known for recognizing same-sex civil unions. The episode features two lesbian couples, although the focus is on farm life and maple sugaring.
According to his blog, Buster has also visited New York City. In his own words,
I stayed with Aryeh and his family. They are Orthodox Jews. Aryeh wears a kipa, or yarmulke, on his head. It reminds him that God is above him. He also wears tzitzis, or knotted strings, on his shirt to remind him of the ten commandments.
Now here's something I don't want my children exposed to! I hope the Secretary of Education will inform the secular Jews at PBS that they undercounted the number of mitzvos by 603, and will soon appoint an Undersecretary for Tzitzis Checking! TrackBack

I've been watching Buster Baxter closely for several years. He is the best friend of Arthur Read, the title character of the "Arthur" children's cartoon, and practically the only program for young children offered today that adults may actually enjoy more.

I'm frankly surprised, though, that the secretary of health or the surgeon general hasn't weighed in on Buster. What has always gone unremarked, is his eating addiction. Buster will eat just about anything, anytime, in any quantity, including what you've left on your plate. And yet, with American children ballooning in size and weight, no mention is ever made about Buster's problem. I find this troubling.

Posted by: David Holzel at January 27, 2005 10:03 AM
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