PITTSBURGH—A Carnegie Mellon University student was charged Friday with indecent exposure by campus police after a Catholic bishop complained about her parading nude from the waist down while dressed as the pope.
A male student who was nude also was charged, but it wasn’t immediately clear what he was doing during the Pittsburgh school’s spring fine arts parade last month.
CMU President Jared Cohon said Friday that the misdemeanor charges were filed in Allegheny County against the two students and the school would not take any additional disciplinary action. He said the school endorses artistic expression but public nudity is illegal.
“There are competing values at issue here: Carnegie Mellon aims to be a place where ideas can be expressed and debated openly, but also where people of all backgrounds, faiths, and beliefs feel welcomed and supported,” Cohon said.
Bishop David Zubik of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese complained after the April 18 parade, in which the female student—with her pubic hair shaved in the shape of a cross—threw condoms to onlookers. Cohon apologized last week for the display. Full Article
Surely many will run thought experiments through there head of what if the student had done something mocking another group. Yet I am certainly glad there is not the stupidity of hate crime laws here. Still it is rather banal how “artistic expression” is when used against the Church. Naked last suppers, pope and condoms themes, crosses and body fluids, etc have been done over and over again.
Well the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus complained about the naked public square. I guess when you remove the cross from the public square you then get them in the pubic hair.