I Support Mr. Rogers
Mr. Rogers taught important behavioral skills to children and helped introduce them to simple issues like how to deal with emotions in a mature matter (such as the song “What Do You Do With The Mad That You Feel?”) and more complex issues like divorce (aka telling kids it’s not their fault their parent’s don’t want to be together and that they still love their child) and death (including the assassination of Robert Kennedy, which frankly everyone needed). He did not avoid the complex issues because he knew the best way to protect kids was to safely educate them on the scary things in life.
On top of that, Mr. Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister (which he never mentioned as his faith was a personal matter) and his faith is what spurred him to spend his life making sure there was a place on TV that was safe for kids. (Worth mentioning here that this didn’t mean he wanted the whole world censored. In fact, George A. Romero’s first job in show-business was working for Mr. Rogers and Mr. Rogers both went to and had fun watching Dawn of the Dead.)
Fred Rogers lived his faith through action, not preaching. I have no idea why Fox News and Republicans would have a problem with this man. Perhaps it is because of this excerpt from his TV tropes page:
“Fundamentalist preachers hated him because, apparently not getting the “kindest man who ever lived” memo, they would ask him to denounce homosexuals. Mr. Rogers’s response? He’d pat the target on the shoulder and say, “God loves you just as you are.” Rogers even belonged to a “More Light” congregation in Pittsburgh, a part of the Presbyterian Church dedicated to welcoming LGBT persons to full participation in the church.”
In short, Mr. Roger’s is representative of everything that is good in Christianity and gives me faith in Christians, despite the numerous problems the faith and I have with one another. I would prefer he were not treated as a scapegoat by what calls itself a news network, pitifully trying to fill air time with pointless vitriol.