Question # 1:
The following four photos depict government-sponsored publicly displayed Christian artifacts:
|Ten Commandments on public property|
|Prayer mural in public school encouraging students to be good citizens|
|"Piss Christ". Photo by artist Andres Serrano depicting Jesus on crucifix |
immersed in artist's own urine, paid for by National Endowment for the Arts publicly-funded grant
|"The Holy Virgin Mary" A painting by artist Chris Ofili depicting the Blessed Virgin |
smeared with actual elephant dung and
adorned with photos of female genitalia cut from pornographic magazines
displayed in publicly-funded Brooklyn Museum of Art
Each of the four is a government-sponsored public display of a religious artifact.
Two of the displays are deemed by federal courts to be intrinsically offensive and unconstitutional government-sponsored religious expression, and have been ordered removed.
The other two are protected by the Constitution.
Please identify the offensive unconstitutional government-sponsored artifacts, and the Constitutionally-protected government-sponsored artifacts.
10 points extra credit:
Bring to class a note signed by your parents confirming that you refrained from punching your computer screen during this assignment.