Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Liberal Selectivity: College President Who Banned a Chapel Cross Gives OK to "Sex Workers Art Show"

"My views and the views of others in the community about the worth or offensiveness of the program can provide no basis for censoring it."

The above line is from Gene Nichol, President of the College of William and Mary, referring to the "Sex Workers Art Show" to be held on the college campus. The show presents performances by striptease dancers, prostitutes and "other sex workers" with the stated goal being to "dispel the myth that (the performers) are anything short of artists, innovators, and geniuses."

How sweet...and how tolerant...and how devoted to academic freedom is President Nichol.

Except, of course, when it comes to something really inappropriate and offensive like...say, the cross which he ordered removed from its historic place in the school's chapel. Remember that case? If not, here's a couple of Vital Signs Blog posts about the strange selectivity of this fellow: 1 and 2.