Art students at Pensacola Christian College are, according to the their website, “equipped to share Christ through the visual arts, music, or dramatic performance”. However, they are forced to study from heavily censored books. How are students supposed to learn the history of art when the realities of the times are fastidiously covered up? Someone, somewhere, had the onerous task of “clothing” an entire textbook’s worth of iconic figures deemed too sinister by the prudish art department, with specific areas crudely drawn over in black marker.
Denial of history is a common tactic among the more hardcore religiously-minded, and while it’s not exactly the Taliban blowing up ancient statues of Buddha in Afghanistan, feeling the need to censor the slightest hint of cleavage on the Mona Lisa is sensitivity bordering on the extreme.
The results are sad for the students, whose worldview is tragically limited by the religious police, but quite hilarious for us, as we see the lengths that some Christians will go to maintain their ideological purity’
Pensacola Christian College is located in Pensacola, Florida and was founded in 1974. Their goal is to “train young men and women in higher education for a life of service to Jesus Christ,” and to “promote the cause of Christ by providing a distinctively Christian-traditional, liberal arts education that develops students spiritually, intellectually, morally, culturally, and socially.”
This school is free to teach as it chooses, but what do you think about this kind of censorship? Let us know in the comments!