Friday, September 16, 2005

UWGB Faux First Amendment Controversy.

A little controversy has erupted at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay (UWGB).

The Chancellor of the University pulled a painting off of the wall of their art gallery. The piece was entitled Patriot Act and was a picture of President Bush with a gun to his head. Yes, the usual argument is being made in opposition of the chancellor, and that is of the anti-thought of censorship.

Censorship would be the destruction of the piece. Censorship would be the incarceration of the faux-artist. Censorship is NOT the denial of venue. Does the fact that I can not waltz into the State Assembly and say whatever over their microphone mean censorship? If I went to Dottie LeClair's house here in Appleton and put up a banner saying "Republicans Rule, Democrats Drool" and she tore it down, would that be censorship?

If the UWGB Chancellor would deny wall space to a picture entitled Bullseye with James Earl Ray and Martin Luther King Jr. would that be censorship (no it wouldn't it would be good sense)?

Thanks to Jerry Bader from WTAQ for reading my note over the air and for the bullseye example above.

Update 9/18/2005 11:43 am CDT.
Welcome LGF commentary readers. Sorry, no pix of the sophomores of UWGB or anything more insightful. I did not pick up on the little teapot tempest until after it occured. In fact, I am quite surprised the whole thing is notable enough for Charles J. to bring it to LGF reader's attention. Thanks for visiting!