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Friday, December 14, 1934
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Lenora Harma, staff secretary for the UNL
forestry fisheries and wpdlifs departeeitt stands
by the Infamous sculpture in the grurbags.
Students praise sculptor
In response to Rob Wetovick's letter (Daily Nebraskan
Admittedly, moving the sculpture to a nearby dumps
ter (something that took more muscle than brains) was
a rather amusing way to show the movers' opinions in
regard to the sculpture.
However, it's also an example of how the people
responsible could best live up to the art-ignorant,
country-bumpkin stereotype. As for giving the perpetra
tors three cheers, that's carrying this sculpture incident
a bit too far.
We were disappointed that many East Campus people
quickly condemned the sculpture as scrap metaL Per
haps the Agriculture College should include a course on
art appreciation in its curriculum so students will at
least think before they come to conclusions on art.
Wetovick himself inadvertently emphasised some of
the sculpture's good points. He says it looks like "a con
glomeration of old farm machinery parts" We surmise
that this is precisely what the artists intended, trying to
bring together various aspects of farming into one form.
He claims that if the installers wanted an agricultural
symbol, they could get some old farm machinery. We
would guess that the artist aimed for representational
ism, not realism. If they wanted old machinery, they
could find someone to find a nice machine and complete
it with a geranium planter. But that's not an art that's
That the sculpture is an "eyesore" is entirely a matter
of opinion. We like it. For us, it brings to mind a picture of
a plow in the sunset envisioned in Willa Gather's "My
Antonia" a symbol of the strength and scale of the
Just as there is more to farming than corn and cattle,
there is more to art than realism. The sculptor was
trying to create a symbol, not a lawn ornament.
Burr-Fedde and East Campus resident
Burr-Fedde and East Campus resident
Art vandalism 'appalling'
I am writing in response to Rob Wetovick's opinion
concerning the sculpture on East Campus (Daily
Nebraskan, Dec. 12).
First of all, Rob, I am a strong supporter of the arts, on
campus or otherwise. I find the recent vandalism (or
"removal" as you so naively put it) of sculptures on both
campuses to be appalling.
Second, no one ever said the sculpture was supposed
to be an "agricultural symbol." The only person who
really knows its symbolism or true meaning is the artist
himself. Just because something appears on East Cam
pus does not mean it has to have agricultural significance.
I don't know how you can be proud of East Campus
when you "cheer" the displacement of someone's artistic
creation. I don't suppose you have ever taken an art
East Campus resident
Religion 'woven 9 into schools
The Daily Nebraskan editorial "Prayer meet ings belong
in. church, not school," (Nov. 30) aside from its argu
mentative title, was helpful in clarifying the Equal
Access Act and its ramifications for Lincoln Public
Schools. But it seemed to ignore the fact that religious
practices currently are being taught in high school
classes and are woven into the very fabric of much
instructive material paraded as "education" and sanc
tined as the "good instruction" the editorial speculates
The U.S. Supreme Court has declared (Torcaso v.
Watkins, 1961) that secular humanism is a religion.
Recent Federal Court decisions affirm that declaration.
The essence of secular humanism, according to White
head & Conlan ("Texas Tech Law Review" X. 54) is the
worship of man as the source of all knowledge and truth.
Its credos, formulated in the "Humanist Manifestors I &
II" were heavily influenced by Unitarian theologians,
many of whom claim to have laid the basis for modern
secular humanism, according to Lament's "Philosophy
of Humanism." Ninety-five percent of Unitarian belief is
humanistic, a recent study shows.
This Unitarian and secular humanist doctrine, in
"Humanist Manifesto II," hold that: "...The human spe
cies is an emergence from natural evolutionary for
ces...The total personality is a function of the biological
organism transacting in a social and cultural con
textsThe right to birth control, abortion and divorce
should be recognized...We must not limit sexual behav
ior between consenting adults. The many varieties of
sexual exploration should not in themselves be consi
dered 4evU'...Moral education for children and adults is a
way of developing awareness and sexual maturity."
These tenets are being taught in many high school
classes psychology, careers, citizenship Issues, health
and sex education, sciences and the like where evolu
tion, birth control, "cohabitation," homosexuality, rela
tive morality and situational ethics are explored as
"good education" because they are the practices of non
theistic religion. Unitarian and humanist teachers show
case their faiths right in class with the blessing of the
state, openly urging their non-theism upon their stu
dents. Somehow, separation of church and state is never
applied to the Unitarian Church, because educators and
administrators and ACLU lawyers are ignorant of the law.
As your editorial succinctly states: The active practice of
religion in school is forbidden. It applies to theistic and
non-theistic religion equally!
The DN editorail quotes Dick Kurtenbach, but the
Civil Liberties Union, of which he is Nebraska executive
secretary, is in no position to monitor the Equal Access
Act, because it is woefully biased. The ACLU has spon
sored studies by geologist Brent Dalrymple for the spe
cific purpose of refuting creationist Thomas Barnes'
studies on earth's magnetism. The ACLU is thus on
record on the side of evolution, supporting the active
promulgation of this non-theistic religious practice.
These are the issues that concern Christian parents.
And indeed, seeing the impasse over moral education in
public schools, why should we not insist that ethics be
taught our students on the basis of set Christian stand
ards and rules, as of old? Non-theistic religious doc
trines are being taught there anyway, urged and demon
stated by the ACLU, sanctified by the state and blessed by
the administration. To be consistent, your editorial
should have urged that "Non-theistic doctrinal discus
sions and prayer meetings belong in church, not school!"
Nels W. Forde
More opinion on Page 6
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