What should any art be banned in America?

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    The following article kinda gets into groups who love to ban the freedom of expression in America. Regardless of how offensive an art piece might be, it is just as much art as the most unoffensive Universe is. The article points out, regardless of the art, someone is going to hate it, dislike it, and want it removed. So the real question, in fairness might be: If you hate art pieces and want them banned and removed, are you willing to surrender all the art pieces that you like? Like all the pictures & decorating pieces in your home, yard, car, clothes, etc. Oh, you say, the world would look so bleak if we reduced it to gray. If you are not willing to do that yourself, you have no right doing it to others.

    Museums shouldn't bow to censorship of any kind
     
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    So you could do an oil painting and portray your boss as a pedophile and since it is art, it should stay?
     
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    But "art" shows nekkid people! :shock:
     
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    Please distinguish "banned" art from works the artists expects taxpayers to pick up the tab for.
     
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    I think the OP was pretty clear on that.
     
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    The actions of a group of citizens in protest of something they do not like is not censorship. Only the goverment can be accused of that, and only the goverment is held in check from doing it by the first amendment. Now if they tried to legislate closing the exhibit that would be censorship. The Catholic League has every right to try to pressure the museum to shut down the video, just as the writer has the right to complain about it.

    I find the Norman Rockwell comparison a bit of a stretch. The writer dislikes Rockwell as an artist, not because he is morally offended by the content of his art. For the comparison to be on the same level, there would have to be a Norman Rockwell painting of a group of thugs beating the crap out of a gay couple.
     
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    f you're going to make that drastic of a comparison, perhaps you have an answer for who should judge, and what constitutes art vs. trash?
     
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    There are laws(?) against that I believe. But if it was legal, then yes it should be ok. It doesn't mean you are chained and forced to look at it, turn your head. Statutes portray children nude, correct? Are you covering them up like Ashcroft did?
     
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    That works for Fox News, too. Just sayin'.

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    If the Smithsonial Institute displays it, am I forced to pay for its venue?
     

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