Two weeks after the appearance of a lesbian couple in a Disney Channel program, a controversial ex-Navy chaplain has delivered what is perhaps the most stinging attack on the network to date, asserting the channel was “under the influence” of “demonic spirits” for including the couple in a popular show.
Disney received attention for the episode of “Good Luck Charlie,” which debuted Jan. 26. In it, couple Susan and Cheryl are seen dropping their daughter off for a play date with the main character. Though TV shows have featured gay characters for more than four decades, their inclusion in major roles as parents is new. Perhaps the most prominent is ABC’s “Modern Family,” which features a gay couple raising an adopted daughter.
Ex-Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt is having none of it.
“If you are a Christian or a moral-minded parent who wants to teach your children that homosexuality is aberrant and wrong behavior, for example, you don’t want to model sinful behavior as normative to your kids, your morality and faith, you child’s innocence are now being undermined by the Disney Corporation,” he said in an audio clip posted online by RightWingWatch. “And that’s why we are inviting you to participate in boycott of the Disney Channel … Send a message to the Disney Channel: stop recruiting our children into an aberrant lifestyle!
“Don’t you want to have that blessing for your children, that their conscience will not be assaulted, their innocence will not be violated by the corporations who want to push a gay agenda upon your family?” he added. “I believe these tempters now at the Disney Corporation are being influenced by demonic spirits who want to recruit your children into sin … God bless the children, not just the ones who are actors in this show whose innocence is being violated, but also your children at home who may be having access to this kind of programming.”
Klingenschmitt was booted from the Navy after appearing at a political rally in uniform in 2006. He’s known for his fiery speeches. In one, highlighted by Gawker in 2009, he issued all-but-death threat against one of his own followers.
He said: “Let us pray. Almighty God, today we pray imprecatory prayers from Psalm 109 against the enemies of religious liberty, including Barry Lynn and Mikey Weinstein, who issued press releases this week attacking me personally. God, do not remain silent, for wicked men surround us and tell lies about us. We bless them, but they curse us. Therefore find them guilty, not me. Let their days be few, and replace them with Godly people. Plunder their fields, and seize their assets. Cut off their descendants, and remember their sins, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Klingenschmitt isn’t the only one who’s issued death threats. The star of “Good Luck Charlie,” 5-year-old actress Mia Talerico, received death threats online in response to the episode featuring the gay couple.
Police said that someone posted the comment “Die Mia. Kill yourself you deserve to die” and other messages to her Instagram account in January. One of the images included a bloody fist. The Instagram account can be seen here.
RightWingWatch’s clip of Klingenschmitt declaring Disney under the influence of demonic spirits follows.
And here’s an excerpt of the “Good Luck Charlie” episode: