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Lehigh Univesity and the "Art" of Bush Bashing By: Neal Hoffman
FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, February 06, 2004

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In a shocking display of partisanship on a campus already known for its left-wing bias, Lehigh University has placed an exhibit of 5 full-sized wall photographs depicting President Bush and his cabinet in compromising situations in the home of its History and Political Science departments. One of the photos depicts President Bush in a drunken stupor fondling a woman's breasts, while another depicts a group of whores, one of whom represents Dr. Condoleezza Rice, surrounding a table displaying numerous elephants, the Republican Party symbol.

The artist, Larry Fink, draws a connection between his blatantly biased exhibit and a Lehigh University academic department in his artist’s statement, claiming that “here in the halls of political science at Lehigh University they speak.” This connection to the political science department, which has over the years been accused by conservative students as having an obvious political bias, now possesses another inappropriate means by which to intimidate and silence students who might happen to support the president. Additionally, Mr. Fink had submitted these photos earlier to numerous left-leaning newspapers, as he notes in his statement, and every one of them refused to print the photos.

These photos are a sinister attempt to shape the political thoughts of students and make conservatives feel uncomfortable on campus. The fact that numerous galleries exist here and yet they were placed in this particular building is clearly intentional,” said College Republicans Vice President Mary Yoder.


College Republicans President Neal Hoffman commented on the photos saying, “We want it to be known that we are not against Mr. Fink’s freedom of speech, but if Lehigh, as a private institution, is going to maintain an assumption of political nonpartisanship, then these pictures clearly are in violation of that. Not only are they tasteless and falsely based, but they send a message to women, especially conservative women, who want to enter politics, telling them they are nothing more than sex symbols. By hosting these pictures, Lehigh has not only attacked conservative students and women, but they have given it their personal stamp of approval.”

Neil Hoffman is president of the Lehigh University College Republicans.

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