Monday, April 5, 2004

Those Horny Founding Fathers.

From Pen-Elayne comes a link to this story in the Washington Post about a school district that has removed the film 1776 from the curriculum because “of sexual innuendo in a conversation between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.” No, not becuase they’re cruising each other (thanks for that image…).

Jefferson is balking at staying in Philadelphia to write the declaration and protests to Adams: “I’ve not seen my wife in six months.”

Adams responds, “You write 10 times better than any man in Congress, including me. For a man of only 33 years, you possess a happy talent for composition and a remarkable felicity of expression. Now, will you be a patriot . . . or a lover?”

Jefferson, clearly preferring the latter, says he “burns” for his wife, at home in Virginia.

As everyone knows, Jefferson gave in and penned the nation’s divorce decree from the British. But some Fairfax students won’t see the fictional account of that history, now that the county’s social studies coordinator has reviewed the film at the request of a middle school principal and deemed it inappropriate.

“I watched the video,” coordinator Sara Shoob said. “There’s some sexual innuendo and language, and when you’re talking about the Declaration of Independence, that does not have to be part of your discussion.”

Oh, yeah? Where do you think that bit about “pursuit of happiness” came from?