Overland Park better have backbone to protect arboretum statue
The Kansas City Star
Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach and the City Council once again are being pressured to remove the semi-nude statue at the city’s arboretum.
(Yes, sorry, I thought this absurd matter had died away, too.)
So now we get to see whether elected officials more used to dealing with noncontroversial, suburban-type issues will have the backbone to stand up to this attempt at censorship, something being watched by lots of area residents.
I’m on record as saying Gerlach and the council indeed will do just that.
They don’t want to look like country bumpkins who don’t understand that giving in to pressure over the arboretum statue would make them look silly. They also would look like people who don’t understand much about obscenity and the First Amendment.
The American Family Association wants a grand jury to weigh in and help determine whether the controversial sculpture violates some vague obscenity laws.
The group wants Overland Park city officials to step in and move the statue ahead of any grand jury meeting.
I don’t think it will happen, and good for Gerlach and the council if they do the right thing here.