Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Taliban in Topeka

When your state is drowning in red ink and funding of public education is drying up, the geniuses in Kansas have come up with a very high priority to fret about: horny teenagers in art classes.

The Republican-dominated Kansas Senate voiced its approval Tuesday of a bill that would make it easier to prosecute teachers and school administrators who present lesson materials deemed to be “harmful.”

The measure was proposed after a middle school teacher in the Kansas City area displayed a sex education poster that listed specific sexual acts.


Senate Bill 56 would allow misdemeanor charges to be filed against teachers who present materials depicting “nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic abuse” that the “average adult person” believes “lacks serious literary, scientific, educational, artistic or political value.”


“My first thought: Oh no! This again?” said Liesl Wright, an art teacher in Wichita, in an email. “I’d be in trouble. I was showing my high school art students charcoal drawings of nude people just today. I do it all the time. You know when the religious laws regarding art are more restrictive than the European Renaissance, you’ve gone too damn far!”

Ooh, she said “damn”!  Burn her at the stake.

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