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Friday, April 01, 2005

puritanical insanity

I couldn't believe this when I read it.

Bartholomew County officials told the business near Interstate 65 that it must move cement copies of the classical statues - and about 10 others - out of public view because they are obscene under Indiana law.

"It's not fair to point out our business, and personally, I don't find them offensive," Ginger Streeval, a co-owner of White River Truck Repair and Yard Art, told the Daily Journal of Franklin for a story Wednesday.

Frank Butler, the county's zoning inspector, disagreed.

"They have nudity ... and that should not be in the view of a minor," he said.

Indiana's obscenity law prohibits the display of nudity where children might see it, he said.

What is obscenity anyway? It seems that we've got a twisted idea about it in this country. In every single state in our great nation there are homeless people, undernourished and abused children, domestic violence and mistreatment of animals. We are a nation that glorifies violence in our popular culture. Where is the outcry about that? Why are so many people more concerned about the nudity of classical artwork than the obscenity of these stark realities. We are rapidly becoming a nation of blatant redundancy and unabashed hypocrisy. It should be everybody's business in this country to protect children from the graphic violence and abuse that is ongoing, instead of wasting time teaching children to be ashamed of the vessel each and every single one of us can be thankful for having, in order to exist in this reality: our bodies which are naked under our clothes... just the way that the Creator made us. We live in ridiculously pathetic times...

Article found via Wren's Nest news.

BTW, and of little importance to anyone but me, but I was born in Indiana; in Indianapolis, in fact, which has been referred to as the Churchiest City in the US. I'm afraid that little statistic probably has more to do with this nonsense than anything else. I love Indiana and I think it's swell that so many people have found places that are meaningful to them to worship. But I lament, utterly lament the literalist, no-critical thinking zone that so many churches seem to require in order to control the masses. End of rant... end of civilization as we know it????

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