A right-wing pastor and radio host slammed the Jim Henson Company for "taking the sodomy route" by severing a planned kids' meal partnership with Chick-fil-A over the restaurant chain's proclaimed anti-gay stance.
As Right Wing Watch reports, Kevin Swanson of Generations with Vision -- who expressed nostalgia for a time when Christians "brought the death penalty upon homosexuality" -- spoke at length about the backlash against the Atlanta-based fast food chain.
"A Christian perspective ultimately brought the death penalty upon homosexuality between roughly 350 AD and roughly 1850 or so, for about 1,500 years that form of life had pretty much been eliminated except here and there, it was in the closet, but it was almost unheard of for over 1,000 years, until recently," he proclaimed. "Of course, now you have a massive, massive increase in this kind of thing."
Along with co-host Dave Buehner, Swanson quickly turns his attention to the nixed Jim Henson Company toy deal. After Buehner states that "Kermit is not that interested in Miss Piggy -- maybe he’s interested in another frog," Swanson suggests, "Maybe [Chick-fil-A President] Dan Cathy should consider doing a frog filet for one of the sandwiches."
Buehner interjected, "I think Miss Piggy on a bun -- that’s a better bet, the winner!"
Swanson, whose program's aim is to "present life from the perspective of a biblical worldview and within the framework of a relational model of living," previously stated that gay parents were one of the "most devastating things” in the “history of mankind," according to Right Wing Watch. Suggesting that pedophilia was "part and parcel of the homosexual vision," he later called for a return to "biblical law" in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky trial, the site also reported.
Interestingly, Swanson's argument is perhaps a bit misinformed, as a representative from The Jim Henson Company told The Huffington Post that the company no longer has any affiliation with "The Muppets," as they were acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 2004. The Chick-Fil-A toy deal comprised the since-recalled "Jim Henson's Creature Shop toys," which had no connection to any of the known "Muppets" characters.
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