When anti-gay bullies, including in Congress, are able to force censorship of an art exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution, it is hard to be sanguine about the country’s commitment to protection of the sexual minority, including children in the schools.

Frank Rich today has a good summary of the controversy that has erupted over an exhibition of same-sex art at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, particularly a video meant to represent the plague of AIDS, with ants crawling over a crucifix (shown in still below). It’s a sad account of bigotry and cowardice.