Sunday, January 26, 2003

Display of the Star of David 

Much of the talk over the past week on SCSU's discussion list refers back to the College Republicans' display last month of the Star of David, and to an ensuing professor-student altercation. I count myself among the majority of professors who were offended by the display; but I also defend the right of the students to have expressed freely their views in the manner that they did.

I am just as offended by the following photo, that shows an anti-globalization demonstrator wearing an Ariel Sharon mask and a yellow Star of David during a demonstration at yesterday's annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland; but I also defend the right of these protesters to make their point freely.

Just as offending to me is Serrano's Piss Christ, depicted here. Although I don't have a constitutional right not to be offended, here we no longer have an expression of "free speech." I object to my tax dollars being used to fund this (or for that matter any) expenditure by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).