View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Top free protest

AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) _ Four women who were arrested for baring their breasts on a Finger Lakes village street this summer say they will sue to recover legal costs -- and for, quote, ``pain and suffering.''

The four women filed a notice of claim Thursday with the Cayuga County clerk's office.

Carol Clarke and Barbar Crumb of Branchport, Madeline McPhearson of Rochester and Claudia Kellersch of La Jolla, California, were arrested in August outside a grocery store in Moravia, a village 40 miles southwest of Syracuse.

The women said a 1992 state Court of Appeals decision allows women to go topless anywhere a man can.

A district attorney later said he would not prosecute the case.

The suit will be filed against the county, the village and the town of Locke.

The women's claim is asking for expenses plus 15-hundred dollars for each woman for ``pain and suffering.''

I'm just wondering if the people who witnessed their protest can also file suit against the four for "pain and suffering"?

What about the guy who got a kink in his neck when he did a double take?

Or the kid whose mother gave him a black eye when she slapped her hand over his eyes?

Or the business owners who lost business when customers spotted the protest and drove or walked away?

And then there were the women who suffered mental distress after comparing their own breasts with those on display? (Heck, that's grounds for getting an abortion in the U.S.)

I think some folks are missing an opportunity here.

Unfortunately, I wasn't in Moravia that day. Hey - maybe I can sue because they didn't stage the protest in my town. It's causing me mental distress.


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