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Saturday, February 11, 2006

You can't make this stuff up

The ironies in today's New York Times story about the open-minded folks of Fulton, Mo. are of the kind that writers would see their scripts rejected for being too obvious: a small town banning the production of a play about intolerance and religious witch hunts because it reflects "a time in history that makes Christians look bad."

Talk about a place that doesn't have any mirrors. But there you have it. Three writers, including one who didn't bother to see what he was condemning, prompted the school system to first, drop a toned down version of "Grease," then a performance of "The Crucible."

We'll skip right over Grease, an ode to "innocence" of the 1950s in urban America. Obviously folks who live mired in the 14th Century can't understand the 1950s.

But you got to hand it to them to take their wrath out on The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller and using the Salem Witch Trials as a metaphor for the anti-Communist hysteria of that very same "innocent" decade.

You also have to hand it to the school superintendent, who in a moment of unexpected honesty, acknowledged some might consider his moves straight out of McCarthyism.

Nor can you ignore the irony of all this taking place in the very community that Winston Churchill spoke of an Iron Curtain descending upon Europe, stripping people of their freedoms.

What's next? Banning political cartoons? Or maybe the Times itself? And Osama, this might be a good place for you to hide out. Fulton, Mo. seems to share your philosophy of religious intolerance.


Blogger Pete Bogs said...

"You know it ain't no shit, we'll be gettin' lotsa tit... you know I ain't braggin', she's a real pussy wagon... Greased Lightning!"

yeah, Grease as a school play just doesn't work... as for the objections to the Christian play, has there been a time in AD history that Christians have NOT looked bad for one reason or another? I think not...

February 11, 2006 10:23 AM  

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