Saturday, May 1, 2010

The South Will Not Rise Again

Not willing to be outdone by recent Islamist forays into faith-based anti-boob officiousness and anti-cartoon snits, the Attorney General of Virginia has taken steps to keep the visuals appropriately god-friendly:
The seal depicts the Roman goddess Virtus, or virtue, wearing a blue tunic draped over one shoulder, her left breast exposed. But on the new lapel pins [A.G.] Cuccinelli recently handed out to his staff, Virtus’ bosom is covered by an armored breastplate.
Mock if you must, but if earthquakes do not strike Virginia and its state seal does not sexually arouse men in the next month or two, who will be laughing?

So, to review: once there was a time when when the people who govern Virginia could not only pick out Virtus in a lineup of Roman deities, but recognize her symbolic place in the classical tradition and honor this by depicting her in the state seal. Today, the people who govern Virginia look at Virtus and see an exposed breast that threatens to draw tears from the baby Jesus by causing erections.

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