“No agency of the government has done more to insult the values of traditional Americans than has the NEA,” says Christian Action Network president Martin Mawyer. Down through the years, the Endowment has subsidized numerous “works of art which mock religious values; highlight nudity and sexual perversion; glorify profanity; feature human mutilation; and celebrate sadomasochism and torture to name only a few outrageous examples” (Chicago Tribune 5/26/96).
Congress has called for the National Endowment to be prohibited from subsidizing any sexually oriented or anti-religious “art.” But look at their track record.
- The Watermelon Woman, a “black history” film featuring what one review called “the hottest dyke sex scene ever recorded on celluloid,” was funded by a $31,500 NEA grant.
- The Dinner Party is a 140-foot triangle depicting the imagined genitalia of 39 historically important women, including Susan B. Anthony and Georgia O’Keeffe. It was created with a NEA grant of $36,500.
- Highways, a Santa Monica performance center “where genitalia and homoerotic exhibitionism are mainstays,” received taxpayer money through a NEA grant. They presented Boys R Us, which Highways calls “our continuing series of hot summer nights with hot fags,” and Not for Republicans, which addresses, among other topics, “sex with Newt Gingrich’s mom.”