One of the things the Taliban are often vilified for is their utter rejection of art in all its forms. Apparently, they have company in the Bush administration. John Ashcroft has decided that he finds the sculptures in the Justice Department building’s great hall distasteful, and has installed drapery that conceals them. I guess we should be glad that he didn’t just order them to be blown up. On the other hand, Ashcroft’s decision to hide statues called the Spirit of Justice and the Majesty of Justice seems strangely appropriate, they probably don’t want to see him, either.