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LETTER

No Escaping “Karma”

I agree with Craig Abernethy, in his letter printed March 13 [“Good ‘Karma’”], that there is a proper time and place for celebrating “the beauty of the human form.” He cited two good examples, artwork and the biblical Song of Songs.

My major concern is that people have a choice of whether to read the Bible or see a work of art, but they often have no way to avoid seeing a poster on campus. With all the debate over the Ten Commandments being posted in schools, I suspect that there would be considerable controversy if someone were to post a more pointed Bible verse, such as, “Anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” (Matthew 5:28-29)

The First Amendment protects our right to put up posters, but if it can be stretched to protect flag burning, surely it also protects our right to tear those posters down.



Russell J. Zahniser ’04