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Posted at 7:10 PM ET, 01/21/2011

Smithsonian chief should stand up or step down

By Steven Alan Honley, Washington

Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough was undoubtedly correct [“Clough defends removal of video,” Style, Jan. 19] when he said, “This institution is a big place. . . . It continues to do its work.” Unfortunately, what he seems unable to grasp is just how badly his hasty decision to remove the “A Fire in My Belly” video from the Smithsonian’s outstanding “Hide/Seek” exhibition has diminished the Smithsonian’s reputation — and his own.

Mea culpas about the decision-making process are all well and good. But The Post’s interview with Mr. Clough does not instill any confidence that the next time members of Congress pressure him to remove or modify items — and there will be a next time — he will stand up to them. Unless he is willing to do so, he should step down as head of the Smithsonian in favor of someone who fully embraces its mission.

By Steven Alan Honley, Washington  | January 21, 2011; 7:10 PM ET
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Actually politicians using intimidation against institutions such as Cantor and Boehner have did, should be reprimanded and explained by their managing forces exactly what their role and is the parameter of boundries to NOT overstep.
Not only this but both members of congress using finances as a threat against an art institution as done to a Smithsonian board member is intimidation. The fact that government workers or "officials" also neglected to separate the church from the state, while siding with a religious organization poses another threat and reason to be disappointed. Mentioning David Wojnarowicz's work which is indicative to the expression of a time period when religion and government went even further as opposed to our present time, to violate individuals civil liberties and basic rights, is nothing but a minds way of releasing anguish or skewed thoughts, regardless Catholics ought to stick to controversies surrounding their parrish priests molesting kidz assisting their pastors "worshipping" God and neo nazi popes blessing corrupt countries.
-MikeAlike (independent recording artist)

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