It's Wrong For Bush To Propose $18 Million Increase In Funding For National Endowment for the Arts

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Thursday, February 5, 2004
Compiled by Jody Brown

The president of the American Family Association says it's wrong for President Bush to propose an increase in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. The president is proposing the largest budget increase in 20 years for the NEA, which sponsors many projects that conservatives and Christian leaders have considered to be obscene or anti-Christian. AFA president Tim Wildmon says the NEA is not a worthwhile organization. "The National Endowment for the Arts has been a disgraceful agency in many ways for several years with their record of funding so-called homo-erotic 'art' and film festivals that celebrate pornography," Wildmon says. President Bush's proposal would increase the NEA's budget by $18 million to $140 million. Wildmon believes Christians should be outraged by that proposal and says it is wrong to spend tax dollars on the agency's projects. "They don't need an increase in their budget," he says. "In this time of deficits and financial burden on this country, we don't need an increase of $18 million for an arts agency." Federal spending has increased roughly 24% since President Bush took office. [Allie Martin]