Displaying decay at CMU I
Kudos to Bishop David Zubik for challenging Carnegie Mellon University's acceptance of the recent “papal parody” (“Zubik: Papal parody at CMU ‘crossed line,'” May 1 and TribLIVE.com).
CMU's tolerance of this student's act is beyond belief. It responded that “an inquiry is under way.” Exactly how long does it take for this inquiry to begin and end?
In 30 seconds, I was able to discover that the student, whose identity can easily be discerned from the clear photograph accompanying the story, committed a misdemeanor — exposing her genitals in public, in violation of Pennsylvania's indecent-exposure law.
Perhaps more important than the legal aspects of this act are its moral implications. What does CMU's and fellow students' tacit acceptance of it say about our society?
She mocked religion in general and the Catholic papacy in particular by being half-naked at a public parade (where I assume young children were present) with her pubic hair exposed. Was no one other than Bishop Zubik outraged? Why were there no complaints made to CMU? Are we becoming a society where behavior of this sort is tolerated in the name of “personal expression” and even found amusing?
It seems most are standing by, witnessing the moral disintegration and decay of our society. More like Zubik need to speak out and say this is not acceptable.
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