NOT THAT KIND OF “STIMULUS”: Bailout Money to Fund Simulated Sex Dances? (Robert Peters Resides in NY/Eastern Time.)
Was the taxpaying public really ready for this? . . . Sure, all sorts of Americans—from the angry tea party groups to the common-sense workin’ Joe who just wasn’t the demonstrator type—wanted nothing to do with the Obama administration’s massive $787 billion spending bill sold as a “stimulus” plan for the ailing economy. (Heck, even Vice President Biden admitted that waste was inevitable.)
But as long as they were forced to accept such irresponsible legislation, they’d like to at least believe their money was going to support honest job creation somewhere.
Needless to say, these same Americans—including Morality in Media president, attorney Robert Peters—weren’t pleased when FoxNews.com reported on Friday where the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was funneling some of its $80 million share.
“It would be unrealistic and unwise to oppose all NEA funding for art projects that would offend someone,” relents Peters. “For example, just as any art that conveys a positive message about religion will offend some Americans, so any art that conveys a positive message about homosexuality will offend others. But does that mean the NEA should have no standards at all?”
More specifically, Peters alludes to Fox News’ report that the NEA “may be spending some of the money it received . . . to fund nude simulated-sex dances, Saturday night ‘pervert’ revues and the airing of p_rnographic horror films at art houses in San Francisco.” (Visit: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,535608,00.html)
True, the money will support jobs in these venues, but for Peters and most anyone paying attention, it’s about how hard it is to believe that even the NEA couldn’t come up with art houses and cultural projects that weren’t more deserving, more appropriate and more rewarding for American communities.
“Perhaps I am missing something,” says Peters, “but doesn’t every NEA grant help provide jobs? By this logic [of funding these morally offensive outlets], it would be okay for Congress to subsidize Rhode Island strip joints that hire ‘performers’ under 18. After all, it is now legal to do so in that state, and young girls do need jobs. But I don’t think the majority of taxpayers would like to see their hard-earned money going into these projects.”
For an intriguing discussion on this issue, including a closer look at the legislation and Supreme Court rulings that are being dismissed to allow this to continue, call Special Guests to arrange an interview with Robert Peters.
ABOUT ROBERT PETERS…
Robert Peter is President of Morality in Media. He has been a guest on many television programs including three times on Larry King. He has been a diligent warrior in the fight against indecency for over two decades.
Headquartered in New York City, Morality In Media (MIM) works through constitutional means to curb traffic in illegal obscenity. MIM operates the www.obscenitycrimes.org website, where citizens can report possible violations of federal Internet obscenity laws.
Established in New York City in 1962 to combat p_rnography, Morality In Media works to inform citizens and public officials about the harms of p_rnography and about what they can do through law to protect their communities and children. MIM also works to maintain standards of decency on TV and in other media. Contributions are tax-exempt.
Morality In Media works through constitutional means to curb traffic in illegal obscenity. It operates the www.obscenitycrimes.org website, where citizens can report possible violations of federal Internet obscenity laws.