Monday, June 20, 2005

There Be Prudes At This Juncture

Mount Sterling prepares for "Testicle Festival", but some people are shocked, shocked by such a reference to zoological anatomy:

The festival, which will feature beef, pork, lamb and turkey testicles, even has a motto: "Come one, come all, let's have a ball." The festival gets under way at 1 p.m. and runs until about midnight. Besides the feature food, there is a motorcycle show at 2:30 p.m., a drag queen contest at 5 p.m., kids' games and live music. Proceeds will go to several charitable causes.

Other similar festivals exist. For example, Byron, Ill., located near Rockford, has its annual turkey testicle festival in October.

Huston purchased the Sportsman's Club last year and decided to expand the festival into the street outside. A banner was hung across U.S. Highway 24 proclaiming the "Sportsman's Club Testicle Festival."

The banner split the town into two camps. Several churches started petition drives. Eventually the banner was taken down. Of course, the controversy brought with it plenty of snickers and quite a bit of media coverage.

The Rev. Matt Martin, pastor of Cornerstone Christian Church in Mount Sterling, said his church didn't object to the festival itself.

"We just didn't feel like we wanted a word like that floating along Main Street," he says.

Oh, do STFU. You know, it's only natural that Bush and the Repugs want us to go back to the 1870s, government and economic policy wise, because their idiot consitutency is equally atavistic with cultural matters. This sort of priggish bullshit died with the Victorians; trust the fundamentalist Christians to keep the flame alive.