Faith at Altitude

Religion and spirituality in the shadow of Pikes Peak

Monday, September 25, 2006

First bad spinach, now this

NBC likes talking tomatoes and cucumbers -- as long as they don't get too preachy.

The television network, which recently started airing the popular Christian kids' show "VeggieTales" on Saturday mornings, is editing out some of the show's God talk, according to the Associated Press.

It's not all gone: Most VeggieTales episodes riff off popular Bible stories, and NBC gave a spinoff of the tale of Sampson (where Larry the Cucumber goes off in search of Sampson's powerful hairbrush) a green light. But while Bob the Tomato could explain that Sampson's superhuman strength came from God, NBC struck the line that followed: "And God can give us strength, too." Also forbidden is the show's sign-off: "Remember, kids, God made you special and He loves you very much."

All this has riled some Christian groups, including the Parents Television Council. The good news for folks at the PTC is that the original VeggieTales' videos are still available in stores, unedited.


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