Protestors Gather over Controversial Painting

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, July 28, 2005

The painting depicts a red-white-and-blue map of the United States of America in a toilet bowl. It’s part of larger exhibit of art by lawyers that’s on display in the Department of Justice building’s café. Early in the day, students gathered outside the building, including Lucas Quass with the Davis Campus A-C-L-U.

  “We’re patriotic because we’re here to support the first amendment and to support something called the constitution.”    

Opponents say the painting by Stephen Pearcy, known for hanging an effigy of an American soldier outside his Sacramento home, doesn’t belong in a government building.  Mark Washburn with Move America Forward rallied others to the protest outside the state Attorney General’s office.

“We pay for this building!  My tax dollars go to pay for this building, my tax dollars go to pay Bill Lockyer’s salary.”

Attorney General Bill Lockyer says removing the painting would amount to censorship. The exhibit ends August 31st.