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Moralists in government

2002-01-28 21:16:50+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

At least he isn't blowing them up with grenade launchers: John Ashcroft has ordered breasts on statues in the Justice Department building covered. The irony of obscuring "The Spirit of Justice" seems apropos. In other news, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is setting out to teach high school kids morals, saying he was dismayed at the response of high schoolers, here and abroad, to the September 11th attacks. "Our purpose, our mission is to share democracy with the world," he said, while failing to explain why our foreign policy in the middle east has been antithetical to that mission.

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:51+00 by: ebradway

Once upon a time I had schemed to go to the National Gallery and put post-it notes over every exposed genital and breast - with hopes of getting arrested for censorship (actually the charge would be damaging public property).

But the idea was to demonstrate how existing works are considered art but if you create new offensive works they are considered pornography.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:52+00 by: Dylan

Are you fucking kidding me? Dear God, I'm going to have to emigrate. This bluenose trend is scaring the piss out of me. Conservatives indeed.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:52+00 by: Mark A. Hershberger

Ashcroft and Kennedy illustrate why we should try to keep religionists out of gov't. Although I've read that Ashcroft didn't know about the curtains, I'm sure his influence was there.

Relgionists start off innocently enough — if you think that codifying morality into law is innocent — but the end result is the removal of choice for the individual and the elevation of Government to God. The religionists end up making government their religion which they must then "share with the world".