|Victoria's Secret Fall 2011 Show|
America is a diverse, silly, ingratiating, wonderful and sometimes mean spirited collection of people.
So what do a Victoria's Secret lingerie show, a gay billboard, a cookbook and a Jesus Saves sign have in common?
Before we answer this question, lets take a photo look at the reasons we ask this question in the first place.
The photo (above right) is of Miranda Kerr demonstrating a part of Victoria's Secret Fall lingerie collection. This photo received wide media attention and some "family values" groups have called for media censorship of such shameful suggestive matter being distributed in the mainstream media.
The photo at left is a billboard advertising a gay website and is placed in West Los Angeles. It has drawn the the ire and criticism of parents groups and religious organizations with calls for it to be removed.
These groups are calling for city, county and State legislation to stop this and future explicit public gay advertising.
This photo (at right) is the cover for a recently published cookbook just in time for Christmas. However, cookbook purists are calling for the cover picture to be covered and it's title changed. 'Blood, Bones and Butter' is a title that discourages other cookbook sales, say the purists.
Finally, this "Jesus Saves" sign is located near Denver, Colorado, on a road leading into a Muslim community. Community religious leaders are outraged by it, calling it an insult to their religion.
The Muslim leadership is threatening a law suit to have it removed as others are individually suing the Christians in small claims courts claiming it as a nuisance.
So what's the commonality in all this?
Our take is that no matter who we are or what we do there is always someone or something out there wanting to take control of us; that American freedoms are not exactly how they've been portrayed.