From: J Corbally (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Jan 31 2002 - 16:42:40 MST
>Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 19:34:10 -0500
>From: "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: Ashcroft Antics
>Damien Broderick wrote:
> > A pal notes:
> > America's puritan attorney general, John Ashcroft (who apparently thinks
> > dancing is against god) has had the bare breast on a statue of justice
> > covered up for reasons of decency:
> > http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/2002/01/30/FFXB14EK0XC.html
> > I suppose it's a step forward from the Taliban; he hasn't had the statue
> > blown up yet...
>... I have to say I don't see the problem here.
It'd be seen as very weird here. We'd probably figure he had sexuality
issues, a grown man being sheepish about a little naked flesh. The
question that would most likely be asked is whether he had nothing better
to be doing. The media would have a field day with him.
Plus, strictly speaking such an item would be classed as a work of art, and
therefore covered under free expression. He'd most likely have no right to
cover it in the first place if it were on a Government building. He only
works there after all, we own it. We grew out of that crap in the 50's.
What a sad little man.
"If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and
crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures
to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it's not for the timid."
-Q, Star Trek:TNG episode 'Q Who'
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