Re: Ashcroft Antics

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Wed Jan 30 2002 - 19:53:12 MST

"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:
> 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:
> >
> > 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.
> John Ashcroft doesn't like the bare-breasted statue of Justice. He makes
> the decision to have the statue covered up while he's Attorney General.
> In what way is this bad? snip... I'm not saying
> that he hasn't, mind you, just that this is a necessary condition before
> we can justifiably wave a disapproving finger in his direction. Is it
> more likely that a "puritan" will impose anti-pornography regulations than
> a libertine?

Considering that feminists are the most anti-porn group in the country,
puritanism is not exclusive of the conservatives. The ironic thing about
that statue is that this is the same bare breasted statue in front of
which former AG Ed Meese delivered his report on the impact of
pornography in America back during the Reagan years.

Of course, in classical greece, the greeks regularly clothed and painted
their nudes up to look like normal people.... so in a way Asscropped is
in keeping with the best standards of classical art....

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