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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Deltona FL Officials Censor Christian Symbols from Black History Month Artwork

The City Hall lobby of Deltona Florida has been adorned with artwork that celebrates Black History Month. But city officials have banned three piece of work because they include Christian symbols.

Roland Blossom, the acting city manager and attorney explained his decision to censor Christianity, "I saw the word 'Jesus' and the Holy Bible just sort of thrown in the painting. What that forces anybody to do because this display is in a government building, they think this government is advocating in favor of one religion over another."

Wayne Dickson, Stetson University professor and director of the humanities department, noted, "Every general interest art museum that is supported in whole or in part by government funds exhibits work with religious subject matter."

Bill Dyrness, professor of theology and culture at the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, stated "You can't talk about black history without talking about the black church."

The censored artist, Lloyd Marcus, believes that religious censorship, particularly of Christianity, has gotten way out of hand. "What really upset me is censorship of the slightest hint of Christianity."

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