Monday, September 17, 2007
Former School Board substitute Kay Brooks was unhappy with the rumor that Mayor-elect Karl Dean would be having his inauguration at what is nothing more than a secular art museum. Ms. Brooks wasn't happy because of the Parthenon's mock-ups of a pre-Christian religion. And having a ceremony there would be preferring an ancient religion over her own brand of Christianity, even though the place is really nothing more than a tombstone memorializing the dead.
But now she is happy because the Dean Campaign has validated her grousing by telling her that the ceremony is instead scheduled for the Courthouse Square, almost in the very shadow of some scantily clad graven images on the courthouse doors celebrating the ancient Greek, pre-Christian virtues (the topless one above in the photo on the left is Loyalty, who might fit right in at Musica).
Let's hope that any rain might hold off, lest the ceremony be moved inside the Courthouse--looking like an ancient temple itself--under a vaulted ceiling of pre-Christian zodiac signs, which grew out of ancient Egyptian and Babylonian astrologies and demiurges and which now garner the adoration and divination of neo-pagan New Agers.
The only other option would be to move it into the bare, cold, concrete-slabbed parking garage underneath the Courthouse Square. Such a barren and neutered tableau would no doubt satisfy even the purest of Puritan preoccupations, as long as they get their government-sponsored Christmas Tree on that Courthouse Square in December.