Politics & Literal-Mindedness
Earlier thiss month I posted on graffitti artists who had spread their work, much of it presenting ironic or satirical comment on the Israeli policies, around Bethlehem. Well, it turns out that the humor escaped not only some oh-so-p.c. commentators in the western media but also some local residents who have painted over several of the works. You can read a report on the local response in The Guardian here. It seems to me that the anger the residents express is misplaced; consequently, not only are they misdirecting their efforts (compounding injustice with censorship), but they are depriving themselves of a vauable political weapon - the ability to laugh.
* Robert Soloman, ed. Wicked Pleasures: Meditations on the Seven Deadly Sins. Rowman & Littlefield (1999).