Monday, December 18, 2006

Truth, Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth

Let's take this bit about swearing on scriptures of your own choice a bit further. You will recall that I have been wondering whether this taking of offense over Koran mistreatment and Mohammed depictions is a new phenomenon. What happens to an historic frieze on a courthouse or other artwork that includes Mohammed?

Stay with me on this one. The legal justification for much of the religious symbolism and iconography on public property is that it is historic, cultural, or otherwise non-religious. If we remove depictions of one religious figure based on wanting to treat that religion with proper reverence, then what does that say about the secular purpose of the display? Does it stop being historic if a particular religion takes offense?

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