Tuesday, 24 October 2006

USA Answers Back

Smiley FaceHi, Brenda
Thanks for your comment on my news story Teacher Sacked Over Nude! It's always good to get sensible feedback; lets me know I'm not writing to myself. At present I can't post replies to blogs older than a week. (It's a Blogger bug.) So here's my reply as a post.
Firstly, this isn't the only story of prudes/religious nutters causing art teachers to be suspended or sacked to come out of the USA this year. I've also reported on the case of Peter Panse. And note my recent item on Madonna censorship. I've also covered attempts to ban Harry Potter from library shelves in the USA! I reckon you were either lucky to avoid trouble with your life drawings or you work in a sophisticated enclave in Tennessee.
I completely agree with your attitude. I would be happy for any child to view the nudes on my website. Children learn at a very early age that they are male or female, and they are naturally curious about the differences. I can't think of a better way of satisfying their curiosity than by showing them beautiful art.
As for my "nutters" jibe, this year The New York Times published an international survey by Michigan State University which posed the question: Did human beings, as we know them, develop from earlier species of animals? (Evolution v. Creationism.) Iceland came top of the league with 80% or more accepting Evolution. Britain was up there with the leaders at about 75%. The USA was one from bottom with about 45%. Bottom was Turkey (the only Muslim country in the survey) with about 30%. So, from the European point of view, the USA is a backward country with religious nutters in the majority. Sorry about that. You're clearly in the sane minority.

6 Comments:

At 24/10/06, Blogger weggis said...

Creation is an Evolutionary Process!!

 
At 25/10/06, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Very profound.
I guess you might claim that God invented alga and left Earth to develop by itself for billions of years, but that doesn't fit with the old father figure in the sky caring for individual humans that deluded folk believe in, more like a distant scientist in a white coat who doesn't give a damn about what he creates; he's merely curious. Oh! A monkey. That's neat. Oh! It's an ape now. That even neater. Oh! It's human now. That looks like bad news for the planet! Best leave 'em to get on with it and go see the dinosaurs on Rigel 7. They had more sense than to allow mammals to develop. Intelligent lizards are the thing: cool-headed, calculating; don't throw wobblers when their beliefs are poo-pooed, just give you a basalisk stare and reprogram their computers to calculate the new data.

 
At 27/10/06, Blogger weggis said...

That the species Homo-Sapien should ascribe to "God" human characteristics is arrogance beyond belief. That human beings should regard themselves as "masters of nature" shows an incapacity to understand the parameters.

Mrs God: "What are you making in the shed now?"
God: "A mess, by the look of it. I'm only on the prototype and its not behaving"

 
At 28/10/06, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

"Stop fiddling with the damned thing and come in and have your dinner. But wipe that protozoa of your boots first!"

 
At 28/10/06, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

P.S.
It's a scientific fact that we all begin life as females, but half the time hormones kick in to turn a female foetus into a male. If God did make humans in his own own image, then God is a woman, because females come first. All that guff about God being a man is just male chauvinist piggery.

 
At 29/10/06, Blogger weggis said...

A little over one half actually! Mother Nature even compensates for our risky behaviour.
Plug that one into your coin flipping models all you mathematicians!

 

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