What To Do About Offensive "Art"

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, February 22, 2001

What To Do About Offensive "Art"

Here we go again! The Brooklyn Museum of Art has on display another blasphemous painting. It's a depiction of the Last Supper with a naked woman in the place of Jesus. New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he wants to set up a decency panel. But who would define decency these days? Certainly not the mayor, who has been keeping company with a woman not his wife and is pro-abortion and pro-gay rights.

Meanwhile, the left is having a fit over the white rapper known as Eminem. They don't like his anti-gay and anti-female lyrics. Of course, the left thinks so-called art, like the painting at the Brooklyn Museum, is protected by the First Amendment. But they'd like to shut down Eminem. Why don't we give them the advice they gave us in the '80s? If you don't like something, don't listen to or look at it.

There's a big difference between these two stories. The painting is indirectly underwritten by the National Endowment for the Arts. At least Eminem's garbage isn't subsidized by taxpayer dollars.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.