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March 18, 2006
Censorship

This is what it comes to, in the end.

After complaints by a "handful" (three) of church members over an edited version of the play "Grease" (and are you allowed to change the content of a play without permission?), one from someone who hadn't even seen it, a school system caves in.

Sujbsequently, Arthur Miller and Shakespeare are deemed too radical, too licentious, too dangerous (Christians behaving badly! for this frightened town and the unstained virtue of its children.

The race is on to find a decent play that doesn't deal with any issues that might offend anyone, anywhere.

I'm wondering if those "church members" were parents. Were any of them parents? If they were all parents, surely the article would have identified them as such and not as "church members", so I'm assuming that they were unrelated to and unconnected with any of the children involved and just playing Morality Cops.

There's a lot of good material in the ol' bible, you know. Why don't they do a bibilical play? Something about a man offering to murder his son at the request of a disembodied voice or the one about a father selling his daughters into prostitution or the one about a selling out your friends for money, or the one about a man sleeping with the maid because he's bored of his wife and she's not popping out any offspring to reward him for the chore of having sex with her.

Lots of good material, perfectly suitable for a high school audience.

But let's don't, at all costs, suggest that some girls might sit around in their bedrooms wearing a pajama top. Because we know where that kind of thing leads.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:39 AM


Comments

the more and more i read about people like this, the more i wonder: what fucking religion are these people from? in the church in which i was raised, people didn't have time to complain to school boards, television stations, and whatnot about the moral turpitudinousness of various media...they were too busy feeding the fucking hungry and clothing the fucking naked, for christ's fucking sake. in other words, doing what Christ fucking told them to do.

who are these people? i don't think they're Christians. i think they are Moonies.

Posted by: r@d@r at March 19, 2006 10:45 AM

I'm not sure when churches in the USoA (or, I should say, various sects) decided they couldn't live their beliefs unless they shoved those same beliefs down the throats of everyone else in the country, but I'm fairly certain that that's the kind of thing the Founding Fathers were trying to prevent.

It's like they're the missionaries and the rest of the country is composed of the heathen they're determined to convert...even if they have to kill a lot of us in the process.

P.S. who are these people? i don't think they're Christians. i think they are Moonies.

No, this is pretty typical 'Christian' behavior if you check history. The thing is, a lot of them are born again. No one is more of a fanatic than a convert.

Posted by: Anne at March 21, 2006 08:18 AM