I’ve by no means visited Walt Disney World, however I did make it to Disney church one Sunday.
Mickey, Minnie and pals are, as you might have noticed, key actors within the nation’s newest tradition conflict skirmish.
Over the past week, the combat over Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill — or, as critics name it, the “Don’t Say Homosexual” legislation — has made front-page headlines within the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.
Name it Disney déjà vu.
The Los Angeles Occasions’ Ryan Faughnder asserts:
It’s a battle that, to individuals who have adopted Disney’s historical past, has a well-recognized ring. The present battle is simply the most recent conflict to disclose underlying tensions which have existed between Disney and non secular conservatives for many years as the corporate has more and more embraced the LGBTQ neighborhood.
It has robust echoes of the anti-Disney protests of the late Nineteen Nineties, when spiritual leaders criticized the extension of well being advantages to the companions of LGBTQ Disney workers, the approaching out of Ellen DeGeneres on her sitcom on Disney-owned ABC and unofficial “Homosexual Day” celebrations on the theme parks.
Spiritual broadcaster Pat Robertson, host of “The 700 Membership,” warned town of Orlando that it risked hurricanes by tolerating Homosexual Days. The Southern Baptist Conference in 1997 referred to as for a Disney boycott after the nondenominational American Household Assn. campaigned in opposition to the Burbank leisure large by sending 1000’s of protest packets to pastors. The distinction now could be that, as an alternative of brochures, there’s Fox Information and Twitter.
A serious improvement within the present brawl got here Thursday, because the Wall Road Journal’s Arian Campo-Flores and Robbie Whelan report:
Florida lawmakers gave remaining approval to a invoice that will finish a particular tax district that enables Walt Disney Co. DIS 0.07% ▲ to control the land housing its theme parks, escalating a weekslong dispute with Disney over its public opposition to a Florida invoice that limits classroom instruction on gender and sexuality.
The measure now goes to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has made clear he would sign it.
In a twist, Southern Baptists have been “providing discounted Disneyland tickets for households touring to Anaheim this June for the denomination’s massive annual assembly,” because the Tennessean’s Liam Adams reported earlier this month.
Given the most recent information, may the Wonderful World of SBC Resolutions get much more fascinating this summer time? Keep tuned.
Lastly, Paul Glader of Faith Unplugged has a fascinating take on Disney (trace: he’s not a fan). His query: “Will extra Individuals flip agnostic on the gospel of Disney?” Amongst its many revealing particulars, Glader’s column references longtime faith reporter Mark Pinsky’s 2004 guide “The Gospel According to Disney: Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust.” The guide, as Glader explains, “explores the ethical and religious improvement position that Disney” has performed for generations of youngsters.
You should definitely check out Glader’s piece.