Fight Censorship at Metropolitan Museum of Art: Keep Balthus' Painting of Thérèse Dreaming

An effort to censor the curatorial choices at the Metropolitan Museum of Art must be stopped. Certain individuals seek to impinge on the museum's right to self-expression, as well as the public's right to choose for themselves the art they see, in a misguided effort to remove Balthus' painting "Therese Dreaming.'

The censorship may be well-intentioned, but it seeks to impose one individual's values on society as a whole, and to police art to ensure that it conforms to those values. This is undemocratic and anti-American. A goverrnment effort to accomplish the same goals would never be tolerated, and neither should it be if the censor is a private citizen. Censorship should NEVER be tolerated, for any reasons.

Sign the petition and keep today's hot-button issues from determining what art your children and grandchildren can see. One person's interpretation of an artwork should never be used as an excuse to discard America's core values.

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