Saturday, September 12, 2009

Censorship at the Mall

I came to the Tea Party Rally in DC with my granddaughter. We left early to go take in the sights.

At the Natural History Museum, I submitted my backpack for the expected weapons search. I figured I'd have to part with the tub of fried rice leftover from my lunch -- after all, food is forbidden in the museums. But the guard wasn't looking for weapons or food. He was after my most dangerous contraband -- a 4"x6" sign (yes, INCHES) saying "Hands off our health care" and a bumper sticker I'd been given but hadn't looked at before shoving it in my bag. The guard insisted that "due to controversy" these materials were simply not permitted in the museum, not even in a closed bag.

I'd like to know where the museum management gets off, deciding what printed material people are permitted to bring inside. And I'll be raising hell.


autumnskeye said...

I also went to the Natural History Museum after going to the rally. I had two small "Don't Tread On Me" flags, wrapped up in my backpack put in upside down with a little bit of the sticks showing. I also had a large flag (same one) with NO pole folded inside my backpack. The museum guard said that the flags were not allowed in the museum...only U.S. flags are allowed in. So I started to take the little flags off of the sticks, but the guard said no. It didn't matter if they were on the sticks or not, the flags could NOT come in. So I stepped outside and took the small flags off of the poles and hide the flags in my pants pockets, like some criminal. I went back in and no one checked my pockets, so I was allowed in. Is this still America?

GrannyGrump said...

I'll copy this comment and add it to my story, which I'm emailing to all the conservative talk radio hosts. I want the management of that museum sacked. THEY WORK FOR ME.

Anonymous said...

No, the museum staff do not work for YOU. They work for ALL OF US.

GrannyGrump said...

Last time I checked I was one of us, if by "ALL OF US" you mean taxpaying US citizens.