Problems with censorship II Kings 18:27
What did they eat and what did they drink? And why? This censored Holy Bible verse raises the question. Unfortunately, or fortunately, (depending on your views of censorship) one only needs to look up this verse in the King James Bible in II Kings 18:27 (also see Isaiah 36:12). Children can find this in their Sunday school churches; decent human beings can read this at any public library. If you wish to find the answer, I give you fair warning: DO NOT READ THIS VERSE BEFORE DINNER.
VIRGIN AND CHILD, by Jean Fouquet (1415-1481)
The copy of this beautiful painting bears the mark of censorship. How dare hide the sacred penis of Jesus! How dare cover the Holy nipples of the Virgin Mary. Does the original painting depict Jesus with an erect penis? Do the angels represent divine pornographic voyeurs, or have you simply imprinted your own sick imagination onto the censor's intent? By the way, did Fouquet intend to expose the Virgin's breast for a suckling? If so, how could a virgin produce milk? If not for breast feeding then what else? Surely the Virgin did not expose herself for incestuous feelings? No doubt this would explain an erect penis, but only the viewing of the original painting in all its naked glory will reveal the answer.
In 2002, Attorney General John Ashcroft objected to photographers taking pictures of him in front two statues, one of which has an exposed aluminum breast (the female statue goes by the name, Spirit of Justice and also colloquially referred to as Minnie Lou) in the Justice Department building's Great Hall. He ordered to have the statues covered with draperies (although he now denies he made the order, he would have had to approve the order). Actually I prefer looking at aluminum breasts rather than Ashcroft's ugly mug, don't you? What got achieved in all this commotion? It made Ashcroft look like a prude, a throwback to the Victorian age, and it censored a very respectable piece of mediocre art.
I hope the reader might begin to understand that censorship corrupts the very message that censors wish to expurgate. This applies to religion as well it does to any form of language or art regardless of how obscene or benign it may appear. The restriction and withholding of any form of communication produces the very 'obscenity' and desire which people will use in retaliation. I suggest that those who call for censorship to others might receive their same moral standards applied to their 'sacred' texts and documents. For I cannot imagine anything more odious and offensive than such works as the Bible and the Koran. Only by allowing its free distribution and access can one expose the information in all its glory, regardless of how shocking or revealing it may seem.
If you still don't 'get it,' lets see if you have the desire to join the Stop Public Pornography movement.
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