Church Screens LGBTQ Cartoon After Alabama Bans Episode

After Alabama banned an episode of "Arthur" that features a gay wedding, a local church decided to spread the message of inclusion by showing the children's TV show. 🌈

Alabama Church Stands Up To Censorship

When an episode of the cartoon Arthur featuring a gay wedding wasn't aired in Alabama a local church decided to take action. After the controversy with Alabama Public Television choosing not to air the Arthur episode that had a gay wedding in it. Sidewalk approached R.G. Wilson-Lyons about hosting an educational screening as this was in line with their mission of the Church both in terms of offering hospitality but also his organization believe very strongly in justice for all including the LGBTQIA community.

The Birmingham First United Methodist Church had previously worked with Sidewalk Film Center to host screenings of LGBTQIA-themed films. “One of the reasons we're excited to show this "Arthur" viewing is because I have a 6-year-old and a 1 year old. I want them to see. Two people of the same gender getting married as if it's a normal thing because I will because I want it to be normal for them and I think there's opportune more and more opportunities for young people to experience that.” Wilson-Lyons gives his take on a personal level.

But Rev. Wilson-Lyons thinks the cultural stakes are much higher with a children’s show but specifically for the LGBTQIA community, a community in particular that has been harmed by the church by religious communities. “There was a time in my life when I would have you know maybe not publicly condemned an event like this but wouldn't have agreed with it and what led to my transformation was relationships with LGBTQIA people getting to know them seeing the love that they had for their partners their spouses realizing that for the most part. They wanted the same thing that I will. They wanted to be a part of a loving family. They want to be a part of a safe community.” the reverend closes with.

In 2018, only 8.8% of series regulars on broadcast TV openly identify as on the LGBTQIA spectrum based on data from GLAAD. For Wilson-Lyons, Christianity has far to go in repairing relations with the LGBTQIA community. But this is just a start.


06/23/2019 10:22 AM
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  • John H.
    06/23/2019 12:38

    Why do you push the gay agenda so hard these are young kids that are watching this cartoon they don't need to know about gay marriages at this age it says Love The Sinner hate the sin the gay people are out of the closet and I have no problem with that but you don't see straight people on Facebook everyday saying they're straight you need to keep your bedroom business private nobody cares what you guys do in your bedroom but do not push your agenda on children teenagers or me it's getting a little old a gay flag gets burned it hits Facebook what about when somebody burns the American flag you don't see anybody posting that on Facebook in my day if the flag even touch the ground you burned it out of respect those days are long gone unfortunately God bless and help us all

  • Angel V.
    06/23/2019 12:55

    Is "the loud house" banned too?

  • לצומה ך.
    06/23/2019 13:07

    This is disgusting

  • Dianne P.
    06/23/2019 15:18

    And served wedding cake! Awesome!

  • Eddie F.
    06/23/2019 16:36

    Blasphemy burn the church with the fake preacher tied to the front pew

  • Tammy F.
    06/23/2019 17:13

    Killing it with kindness!

  • Michael W.
    06/23/2019 21:16

    yes God loves everyone, but he hates the sin, This Minister is obviously not following the Bible. Not a big deal theres very churches now that actually follow the Bible, thasts why the Bible says few go to heaven, the bulk of religions take the easy road that is wide, meaning they make everyone happy by not standing for what the word of god says. I personally dont care what your sex taste are and I fight for gay rights like marriage and insurance etc but when a Minister stands up and says its okay with God, thats when I laugh and have to say BULLSHIT, you cant be for god and go against what God teaches, make your mind up and p[ic a side

  • Savun S.
    06/23/2019 21:59

    this is fantastic. Don’t you think?

  • Mustapha M.
    06/23/2019 23:55

    Admin,are u gay?

  • Darlene J.
    06/24/2019 00:00

    normal?!? sorry u read ur bible? being gay is their business but it is not normal!!

  • Ariana A.
    06/24/2019 00:52

    That cake looked delicious

  • Steven R.
    06/24/2019 04:38


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  • Brut
    06/24/2019 13:29

    "(This) to me is what Christianity is all about." This pastor is using his church's sign to take a stand against intolerance. 🏳️‍🌈56

  • Shirley G.
    06/24/2019 22:57

    i am so tire of the lgbto make a big stink about what they are who cares just be your self and dont try and make it like you need to have special notice so it is saying because i am straight i need to make it be know so people will treat me better

  • Jesse Y.
    06/25/2019 17:26

    Wow. Now pushing your bullshit agenda on a kids show.

  • DeShawn K.
    06/26/2019 13:12

    Lmao but they deadass out fuccin they family members and givin birth to children that look like that monster thing from the goonies 😂😂

  • TB&M t.
    06/26/2019 21:18


  • Fred C.
    06/27/2019 00:33

    Whateva ya say kid fucker

  • Francesca C.
    06/27/2019 18:00

    what do you expect from an inbred state