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Michelle Malkin has a report up at HotAir on how God’s been edited out of our favorite cartoon veggies. Mostly a poke at NBC, but apparently Big Idea is running out of big ideas too.

Is it time for a write-in campaign from all you Christian vegetarians out there?

Here’s Big Idea’s explanation for the whole thing:

Recognizing that we are making a difference to Saturday morning TV by bringing programming that is “absent of bad and has a presence of good” to homes across America, would we still prefer to air the un-edited versions of VeggieTales on TV? Absolutely! It’s there where we’re able to share a Bible verse and encourage kids by telling them God made them special and He loves them very much. For now, we’re hoping a new cross section of kids will fall in love with Bob & Larry, go deeper into VeggieTales and eventually fall in love with the God who made them. It’s the same “big idea” we’ve worked on for over 13 years.

Emailing NBC would be fruitless, but you can contact Bid Idea at this email address here and tell them what you think.

I think it’s a mistake, and I’ll tell ya why: We had a yard sale last month that included hundreds of kid videos we’ve collected over the years. The very first to go were all the VeggieTales vids, uncut and full of all that God stuff. There’s no question that people are hungry for the Word, and know it when they see it. Even in a kid’s cartoon.

Ever seen plastic fruit on a dining room table that looked good enough to eat? You can add a plastic Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber to that display now.


Don Bosch


  • DonTurnblade

    Big Idea remains commendable for its imperfect bravery to act. I can respect the prescient words of this article that editing out the words of God is a mistake that shamed NBC. Or, this look into the very practical ways that Proverbs 3:5,6 are tend to ring true.

    5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
    6 i all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.[a]

    When NBC or the USA stops acknowledging God its ways become crooked. The guidance navigation signal drops out and our navigation path drifts away from noble success. Our own words start to be come sad commentary about us.

    Oh say does that Star Spangle banner yet wave over the land of the free and the home of the brave?

    These are aspiring words for America but the public acknowledgement of God is part of what President George Washington rightly called “the teaching of morals is an indispensable support of liberty.” It is also directly wise according to King Solomon.

    To make this practical, how do I acknowledge God publicly in my career and
    workplace? If I cannot do it there when my financial well being is at risk if God is hated, the tide will only recede toward crooked paths from there. How is this
    done for you?