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The Controversy Over Controversial Art

June 24, 1989

Once again the conservative movement is accused of censorship, but the source of the controversy is virtually ignored.

In Parachini's article, we don't learn until the 19th paragraph (after the article jumps 10 pages) that Andres Serrano's offensive photograph is entitled "Piss Christ." Although I find such art offensive and unnecessary, I would not oppose the artist's right to produce it. Such prior restraint would be censorship.

I do strongly oppose spending federal money to support its exhibition. Such support is not compulsory; it is subject to review.

In this case, the government has displayed its sensitivity to Christians, and to other Americans who are repulsed by the callous display of excrement.

TOM HESS

Pomona

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