The official program of the Republican National Convention was on the presses. "Peace, Progress, Prosperity" read the slogan on the cover; "Unity" read the label near the top. The illustration: a photograph that at first glance looked like unity, all right. It was a famed sculpture by France's Auguste (The Thinker) Rodin (1840-1917), showing three muscular men, their lowered heads together, their arms and bodies touching one another with fluid force. They were also nude.

It was the nudity that first attracted attention. Last week Republican women in San Francisco, where the programs were being printed, complained about what they...

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