To put the Supreme Court’s recent ban on the Ten Commandments display in perspective, here is a small sampling of other speech that has been funded in whole or in part by taxpayers:
• Graphic videos demonstrating how to put a condom on and pep talks by "Planned Parenthood educators. —sex education classes at public schools across the nation
• Korans distributed to aspiring terrorists at Guantanamo. —U.S. military
• "If there was a better, more effective, or in fact any other way of visiting some penalty befitting their participation upon the little Eichmanns inhabiting the sterile sanctuary of the Twin Towers ([ than the attack of 9/11)], I’d really be interested in hearing about it." —Ward Churchill, professor, University of Colorado
• We need "a million more Mogadishus" [referring to the slaughter of 18 American soldiers during a peacekeeping mission in Somalia in 1993]. —Nicholas De Genova, assistant professor, Columbia University
• "The entire federal government—the Congress, the executive, the courts—is united behind a right-wing agenda for which George W. Bush believes he now has a mandate. That agenda includes the power of the state to force pregnant women to surrender control over their own lives. … If you like the Supreme Court that put George W. Bush in the White House, you will swoon over what’s coming. And if you like God in government, get ready for the Rapture …" —Bill Moyers’ commentary on PBS’ "Now"
• Kiss it." —governor of Arkansas to state employee
• "For most Americans … [war with Japan] was a war of vengeance. For most Japanese, it was a war to defend their unique culture against Western imperialism. … Some have argued that the United States would never have dropped the bomb on the Germans, because Americans were more reluctant to bomb ‘white people’ than Asians." —Smithsonian exhibit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of VJ Day, later modified due to protests.
• "Anglos consolidated their control of New Mexico, acquiring huge holdings from the original owners through fraud and manipulation." —Smithsonian exhibit
• "Ignored were the less honorable aspects of California history—the profiteering, revolts against Mexican authority and Indian massacres." —Smithsonian exhibit, comment on the painting "The Promised Land—The Grayson Family"
• "This predominance of negative and violent views was a manifestation of Indian hating, a largely manufactured, calculated reversal of the basic facts of white encroachment and deceit." —Smithsonian exhibit
• "In the Americas, sugar meant slavery." —Smithsonian exhibit
• Close-up photos of women’s vaginas plastered all over a portrait of the Virgin Mary (which The New York Times will still not mention when it describes the "art"). —Brooklyn Museum of Art
• A photo of a woman breastfeeding an infant, titled "Jesus Sucks." —National Endowment for the Arts-funded performance
• A photo of a newborn infant with its mouth open titled to suggest the infant was available for oral sex. —NEA-funded performance
• "F— a Fetus," poster showing an unborn baby with the caption: "For all you folks who consider a fetus more valuable than a woman, have a fetus cook for you, have a fetus affair, go to a fetus’ house to ease your sexual frustration." —NEA-funded performance
• Performance of giant bloody tampons, satanic bunnies, three-foot feces and vibrators. —NEA-funded performance
• A novel depicting the sexual molestation of a group of 10 children in a pedophile’s garage, including acts of bestiality, with the children commenting on how much they enjoyed the pedophilia. —NEA-funded publisher
• Christ submerged in a jar of urine —NEA-funded exhibit
• A female performer inserting a speculum into her vagina and inviting audience members on stage to view her cervix with a flashlight. —NEA-funded performance
• A performance of large, sexually explicit props covered with Bibles performing a wide variety of sex acts and concluding with a mass Bible-burning. —NEA-funded performance (canceled by the venue in response to citizen protests)
• A show titled "DEGENERATE WITH A CAPITAL D" featuring a display of the remains of the artist’s own aborted baby. —NEA-funded exhibit
• A play titled "Sincerity Forever," depicting Christ using obscenities and endorsing any and all types of sexual activities as consistent with Biblical teaching. —NEA-funded exhibit
• Essay describing then-New York Cardinal John O’Connor as a "fat cannibal from that house of walking swastikas up on Fifth Avenue." Also photographs of men performing oral sex, anal sex, oral-anal sex and masturbation. —NEA-funded exhibit
That’s the America you live in! A country founded on a compact with God, forged from the idea that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights is now a country where taxpayers can be forced to subsidize "artistic" exhibits of aborted fetuses. But don’t start thinking about putting up a Ten Commandments display. That’s offensive!
I don’t want to hear any jabberwocky from the Court TV amateurs about "the establishment of religion." (1) A Ten Commandments monument does not establish a religion. (2) The 1st Amendment prohibits Congress from making any law "respecting" an establishment of religion—meaning Congress cannot make a law establishing a religion, nor can it make a law prohibiting the states from establishing a religion. We’ve been through this a million times.
Now the Supreme Court is itching to ban the Pledge of Allegiance because of its offensive reference to one nation "under God." (Perhaps that "God" stuff could be replaced with a vulgar sexual reference.) But with the court’s looking like a geriatric ward these days, they don’t want to alarm Americans right before a battle over the next Supreme Court nominee. Be alarmed. This is what it’s about.