Friday, April 29, 2005

Follow up: Heating Oil Prices to High? Just Burn Books...

Looks like the nut job Alabaman state legislator is still making waves. I had previously posted on this story(Link). This is the type of law maker that gives Southerners a bad name.

Alabama Bill Targets Gay Authors

CBS) A college production tells the story of Matthew Sheppard, a student beaten to death because he was gay.

And soon, it could be banned in Alabama.

Republican Alabama lawmaker Gerald Allen says homosexuality is an unacceptable lifestyle. As CBS News Correspondent Mark Strassmann reports, under his bill, public school libraries could no longer buy new copies of plays or books by gay authors, or about gay characters.

"I don't look at it as censorship," says State Representative Gerald Allen. "I look at it as protecting the hearts and souls and minds of our children."

Books by any gay author would have to go: Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and Gore Vidal. Alice Walker's novel "The Color Purple" has lesbian characters.

Allen originally wanted to ban even some Shakespeare. After criticism, he narrowed his bill to exempt the classics, although he still can't define what a classic is. Also exempted now Alabama's public and college libraries.

Librarian Donna Schremser fears the "thought police," would be patrolling her shelves.

"And so the idea that we would have a pristine collection that represents one political view, one religioius view, that's not a library,'' says Schremser.

"I think it's an absolutely absurd bill," says Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

First Amendment advocates say the ban clearly does amount to censorship.

"It's a Nazi book burning," says Potok. "You know, it's a remarkable piece of work."

But in book after book, Allen reads what he calls the "homosexual agenda,"
and he's alarmed.

"It's not healthy for America, it doesn't fit what we stand for," says Allen. "And they will do whatever it takes to reach their goal."


(Full Story)

H/T Objective Justice

2 comments:

MaxedOutMama said...

Did you catch the bit about Shakespeare? Doesn't it just make you want to ask for the list of exactly which works? No doubt he is worried about some of those sonnets. All he's ever read perhaps?

Shakespeare is violent and bawdy anyway. Why not just take care of everyone's tender minds by getting rid of school libraries altogether?

And he forgot the classics! Certainly we want all those faggy Greek playwrights off the shelf, right? We don't want these kids running into "The Clouds" or anything like that! Get read of Plato, that goes without saying.

I'm sorry, I know I should take this seriously but every time I get to the bit about Shakespeare I start laughing again. Also we need to get rid of "A Separate Peace" and "Another Country". Once you start bowdlerizing it is hard to stop!

Hey, Dingo, do you think someone will break the news to him about Gutenberg on the net? He might just decide to yank all the computers out of the schools! ROTFLMAO.

Dingo said...

from now on, instead of "loyalty oaths" authors will have to sign "heterosexual oaths."

I [state your name] do hereby affirm and solemnly swear never to have kissed, fondled, or sodomized a member of my own gender