I am going to need a new desk. This one has a head-shaped dent in it.
The painting in question, a student project completed in 2003, adorns a wall in the corridor leading to the Bastrop High School gym. It depicts the sometimes unpleasant history of the town, showing scenes of a Mexican and Comanche raid and slaves working in a cotton field, as well as unifying visions of children of different ethnicities reaching out to one another.
Among the images on the mural are an Aztec sun, ancient Egypt’s King Tutankhamen, Buddha and Shiva, a Hindu deity, dancing on a demon of ignorance.
The stereotypical prayer-meeting-having homeschooling mom wants the (TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR) mural removed:
“When she showed it to me, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh,’ ” said Hansell, who added that the mural presents a new age idea of peace and unity that could be confusing to Christian students.
You just can’t make this stuff up. Keeping firmly in mind that I am a COMPLETE CYNIC when it comes to organized religion, and the destruction it has wrought across history, I just have to say, yes, I could see where ideas of peace and unity would be confusing to Christian students. Can’t have them thinking that everyone is equal, no matter if they pray to Buddha, Coyote or the stunted begonia on their front porch, because, as the pig says, some people are clearly more equal than others.
The extra-special-bonus comes at the end of that article, where we’re treated to a glimpse of the future:
As Mandi Colvin, a sophomore at Bastrop High, sees it: “It’s breaking the First Amendment. It needs to come down.”
Oh indeed? The mural is making laws that interfere with the free exercise of religion? Or it is making laws that infringe the freedom of speech and the press? Maybe it is limiting the right to peaceably assemble? Or limiting the right to petition the governemtn for a redress of grievances?
What? Murals can’t do those things? Amazing what you’re NOT learning in Civics class, isn’t it.