fbpx Skip to main content

Resolution On Government Support Of Obscene And Offensive Art

WHEREAS, God has ordained government to do good works; and

WHEREAS, Southern Baptists have historically supported the constitutional rights of free speech and have opposed undue censorship; and

WHEREAS, Regulation of government funding of art or certain types of expression claimed to be art is not censorship of the arts; and

WHEREAS, The Supreme Court recently stated in Rust v. Sullivan that government may regulate expressive activity to conform to public policy as a condition for obtaining public funding; and

WHEREAS, The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has, increasingly in recent years, demonstrated a pattern of support for obscene, offensive, morally repugnant, and sac-religious “art”; and

WHEREAS, The Chairman of the NEA, who is appointed by the President, has demonstrated a clear lack of sensitivity to the concerns of evangelical Christians and others regarding the funding abuses of the NEA; and

WHEREAS, Last year, despite pleas from evangelical Christians and others, Congress and the President failed to support legislation which would have placed meaningful restrictions on what the NEA is permitted to fund but instead adopted an ineffectual standard calling for “general standards of decency”; and

WHEREAS, Since last year’s ineffectual action by Congress, additional homoerotic, pornographic, and sacreligious “art” has been funded by the NEA with the explicit approval of its Chairman; and

WHEREAS, Some members of Congress and the President continue to oppose content restrictions on NEA funding; Now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, That we the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, June 4-6, 1991, recognizing the influence which the NEA has on our culture, deplore the lack of initiative by the President and Congress in addressing the continuing abuses of the NEA; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we urge the President to act immediately to remove the current Chairman of the NEA and replace him with an individual who will stop funding obscene, offensive, morally repugnant, and sacrilegious “art”; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we call on Congress and the President to set standards which will prevent the funding the obscene, offensive, morally repugnant and sacrilegious “art,” or, if that is not done, to cease funding the National Endowment for the Arts.