"Newly appointed Education Secretary Margaret Spellings contended that the episode did not fulfill the intent Congress had in mind for programming and said many parents would not want children exposed to such lifestyles."http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...f124039S48.DTL
I have to say, that's a very weak arguement. If you don't want your children to see that, then monitor what they watch. Also, that arguement can be used to ban just about anything from tv. What if I was a member of the KKK (which I'm not, btw, nobody freak out), and I didn't want my child "exposed" to african-american lifestyles? Does that make the Roots indecent? or the Cosby show? Or more personally, I am no longer christian and don't believe in that lifestyle FOR MYSELF. However, I would never call 7th Heaven indecent....(hiding it's true judemental nature behind a curtain of false acceptance, yes, but indecent? no....this is an arguement for another day, I think, though). I don't think it should be taken off the air. If my kid was watching it, I would talk to him or her about what they thought of it. I seriously think we need to reevaluate a society where violence on tv is completely acceptable for children, but a loving lesbian couple is considered indecent. I also think that this underestimates how aware children are of the world around them. Do you think any school age child won't know what it means to be gay? Of course, they could very well have a warped conception of it, but I guarantee they've heard the word by 3rd grade at the latest. If you are worried about what you're children are thinking on this issue, talk to them. It seems to me that parents today spend too much time talking ABOUT what the kids are listening to, watching, etc and not enough time talking TO the children themselves.