Monday, January 5, 2009

Man kicked out of museum over shirt

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is a state-funded museum in the Tar Heel State. But in BushAmerica, the fact that a museum is publicly funded doesn't stop it from spending taxpayer dollars to favor one political view over another.

On Friday, a man visiting the museum's Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit happened to wear a shirt that criticized the right-wing practices of the Israeli government. As a result, he was kicked out of the museum.

The man was a volunteer escort for the elderly who had taken a Holocaust survivor to the museum. The irony of ejecting him from the museum seems to be lost on the museum's thought police.

The museum's excuse for expelling the man was that he lacked a permit to protest in a government building. Uh, what protest? Was he carrying signs? Was the Harangue there to call the cops?

Somehow, I suspect that if the man's shirt had supported the Israeli government's actions, he never would have been kicked out of the place. I have reason to suspect this, because modern America has had a long pattern of stifling some views but not others.

When did America stop having freedom of conscience? (January 20, 1981?)


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