Last year, some New Yorkers stood in line to protest the Off-Broadway play "Corpus Christi". The play is the story of Jesus and his disciples where all of the characters are gay. Recently, I received an e-mail that disturbed me, not because of the subject but because of the shortsightedness of the writer in wanting a petition signed to get the play and the soon to be released movie banned. American society has fought a constant battle for the right to freedom of speech and against its country cousin-censorship. There is a fuzzy line between the two as often what is deemed deserving of publication by one group or person is also considered to be worthy of censorship by others and that is what makes democracy beautiful. The e-mail further disturbed me because of its threat in the words "Deleting it shows your lack of faith and respect for our Lord!" which I found to be disingenuous, self-righteous and intolerant. My deleting it has nothing to do with my respect or lack of respect. Deleting that piece of information may mean that my mailbox is full but it could also mean to paraphrase Perry Mason, that I found the piece of information improper, immaterial and incompetent. There are many things that are published in some form each day that many of us agree or disagree with, but neither you or I have the right to limit those things unless they constitute a danger such as the proverbial yell of "fire" in a crowded theater, where lives could be endangered by such recklessness and even then, that may also be open to debate. Censorship is a two-edged sword as times change, ideas adjust and political power shifts and soon censorship cuts against those who imposed it in the first place. If there is to be any censorship, let it be self-censorship, meaning that if we are offended, upset or disturbed by what we deem improper then it is not only right that we not engage in improper behaviors, it is our duty to not do so. However, if in censoring yourself you chose to censor me, thinking that you know what is best for me; then you have stepped across the line. As for "Corpus Christi"? I had heard of the play before and was absolutely not interested in it. However, now, my interest is piqued. Perhaps the writer of this crusade for the protection of Jesus might have wanted to research it a bit more before he started a censorship drive because if he would have, he would have found that the play has been poorly received, not because of its subject matter, but because it lacks depth, has poor acting and it is saddled with a script even Wes Craven couldn't love. By starting a censorship movement, he has done what he hoped to avoid--drawn attention to a less than mediocre play that probably would have faded away unnoticed. Are there limits to subject matter? My answer is a firm no! I do not like white supremacist literature but I would defend its right to exist and in many ways I actually find it helpful to know what those I don't agree with are doing. Is it wrong to make fun of religious figures? Absolutely not! Do I find some things in poor taste, pornographic and literally without redeeming social content? Indeed, I do, but they may also be the same things you find nothing wrong with. The bottom line is we are responsible for censorship of ourselves and our loved ones to the extent they will allow it. We can only do what is good for us as individuals. The moment I start deciding what is and what is not good for you is the moment I encroach upon your rights.