Subject: Re: The Difference Between Free Expression and Imposing Religion Date: Saturday,
Subject: Re: The Difference Between Free Expression and Imposing Religion
Organization: North Carolina State University Computing Center
Date: Saturday, 13 Jan 1990 20:51:15 EST
From: Wayne Aiken
In article <13114@cbnews.ATT.COM> pmd@cbnews.ATT.COM (Paul Dubuc):
> In Schuylerville, New York, the American Civil
> Liberties Union has filed suit against the school district,
> demanding the removal of a large painting of the
> crucifixion of Christ which has hung in the school
> auditorium since 1965, the gift of the student who
> painted it. The suit charges, on behalf of two parents,
> that their children experience "discomfort" when using
> the auditorium. If only the sutdent artist had thought
> to immerse the whole thing in a tub of urine, he could
> have received a grant from the National Endowment
> for the Arts and all the nation's media would be
> defending his work. Imagine the ensuing conflict. It
> would probably tear the A.C.L.U. apart.
> from "The Religion and Society Report", January 1990
But Serrano's "Piss Christ" would not be allowed to be displayed at the school
either, for the same reason. Students have no choice whether or not to attend
the school. The argument isn't over the material itself, its over where is an
appropriate place for the exhibition of such things.
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