Decency Unconstitutional

By Larry Ray Hafley

On November 5, 1996, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a 1990 law linking standards of decency to federal arts funding was unconstitutional. The earlier law had been passed when a furor arose over federal funding of erotic, homosexual “art.” Now, it has been decided that the government’s funding of the arts “must be viewpoint neutral,” said Judge James Browning.

In other words, the most vile, disgusting depictions of sexual acts and of private, body parts may be protected and funded as works of art, regardless of what message the pictures present.

Remember, this is the same legal system that forbids voluntary prayer in schools and makes it a crime to post a copy of the Ten Commandments in school buildings. While being protected from prayer predators and Ten Commandment hangers, it is comforting to live in a country where it is still constitutional to slaughter unborn babies and pay taxes to support erotic, homosexual art! Are we fortunate, or what?!

Imagine the poor people all over this world who do not have the freedoms that we take for granted. They cannot kill the unborn child; they are not allowed to pay their hard earned money to display homosexual pornography at government expense; their children are forced to view copies of the Ten Commandments, or other incendiary moral codes, in the hallways of their local schools. But, thank the good (censored), we do not have to put up with such things. On the one hand, many in our government consider the execution of murderers an immoral act, while on the other, they clamor for the rights of a serial, suicide doctor.

Six-year olds who kiss their class mates are suspended for sexual harassment. Bibles cannot be passed out in schools, but condoms are available from the school nurse. Religious displays cannot be placed on government property, but government may fund “homoerotic images.” Under no circumstances must one disturb the egg of the unborn eagle or cut down a tree inhabited by a spotted owl, but if your wife is inconveniently pregnant, you may kill the unwanted baby. You may gather outside a penal institution and pray for the government to do away with capital punishment, but you must not assemble on the sidewalk in front of an abortion clinic and pray and petition for the life of an unborn baby.

Sadly, a country that has lost its moral and spiritual compass will one day ban articles like this, calling them indecent and unconstitutional. It is just a matter of time (Rom. 1:18-32; 2 Tim. 3:1-13).