When I was a kid, I was fascinated by the Disney cartoons wherein Jiminy Cricket would do a safety lesson. He always sang, "I'm No Fool". Well, I found two of them (tonight) on youtube.
This particular one dealt with fire. I watched it with our nanny (who is back from Kosovo) and Owen (P4). It struck me, midway through, that I'm not sure that Disney would air this show today. I say that because my nanny seemed a bit...not offended, but uncomfortable, with the way the cartoon dealt with man's discovery of fire. Jiminy talks about man learning to deal with fire in a pretty accurate descriptive process with references to humanity being more than 6000 years old. He speaks of man before the Homosapien (Adam/Eve) version. Then, he brings you up through the stone age and bronze age. It got me thinking about how sensitive we've all become to offending Christians and how we've pandered to their fantasies about the age of the earth and evolution. In this cartoon, first aired in 1956 (thank you expensive Disney encyclopedia) in 16mm film... the discussion of "cave men" and the evolution of the species to learn to use tools and weapons created nary a stir. There wasn't an outcry against Disney or the cartoon series. No one boycotted. This kind of blows apart the common evangelical fantasy of America-past being a more Christ-centered America. Interesting. In fact, I watched all of the I'm No Fool series and can't remember a single, solitary nod towards religion. What happened?
Of course, then I watched this "I'm No Fool on a Bike" (1956) and cringed when neither example was wearing a helmet. hehehe.
Anywho... enjoy them. I was comforted by the knowledge that I'm not crazy about the secular nature of the past. It seems that the "Christian lifestyle" and "Christ-centric America" *is* really a pipe dream of the evangelicals.