Statue brings out Kansas' embarrassing prudish nature
The Kansas City Star
Art is supposed to inspire people, and the statue at the Overland Park Arboretum certainly does that but not in a positive way to some.
The controversial statue of a figure snapping a picture of its topless self has caused a group to file signatures in court to get a judge to convene a grand jury to take action against the art. Aren’t there better things that the judges, the courts and everyday citizens could be doing?
The American Family Association of Kansas and Missouri thinks the statue violates state law against promoting obscenity to children. The group has filed 4,700 signatures, though it needs only 3,700 valid ones, The Kansas City Star reports today.
The park in southern Johnson County is a peaceful, inspiring place. More people should go there to check it out. The rancor that has come up over the harmless statue just doesn’t fit the area.
The American Family Association’s outrage would be better harnessed to go after websites that offer far more distasteful material for kids and adults. Oh, but that would violate our constitutional guarantee of free speech. Let’s hope the same thing applies to protecting the arboretum statue.