The truth is, I'm tired. I'm tired of everything in this culture being politicized. I'm tired of dueling boycotts (liberals avoid Chik-fil-A, conservatives stay away from Starbucks). I'm extremely tired of the fact that I can't go online and read about my favorite TV shows, or about figure skating, or about Broadway musicals, or about pretty much any of my other interests without repeatedly getting slapped across the face with a glove (so to speak) by various commenters who feel the need to drag religious and political controversies into everything. I'm tired of it all. And I don't want to be like that. As a Christian, I intend to exercise my freedom in Christ to eat what I want, and drink what I want, and go where I want, and shine the light of Christ wherever I happen to be, even if my ideological opponents -- or my ideological comarades -- don't happen to think I should be there.
Jonathan Merritt got it right when he wrote in The Atlantic, "In a nation that's as divided as ours is, do we really want our commercial lives and our political lives to be so wholly intermeshed? And is this really the kind of culture we want to create? . . . In a society that desperately needs healthy public dialogue, we must resist creating a culture where consumers sort through all their purchases (fast food and otherwise) for an underlying politics not even expressed in the nature of the product itself."
The Muppets are for kids -- and for the kid in all of us, if you'll pardon the cliché. They're meant to bring laughter and nostalgia and good feelings in general. The last thing anyone should do is politicize them, or use them to marginalize those who have different beliefs from the people who run the Henson Company. So even though that's just what the Henson Company is trying to do, I refuse to follow suit.
Sorry, Muppets, but you're not losing me as a fan. Deal with it.