When I read things like this, I understand why the left has problems with some religious conservatives:
- An Alabama lawmaker who sought to ban gay marriages now wants to ban novels with gay characters from public libraries, including university libraries.
Oh, spare me.
A bill by Rep. Gerald Allen, R-Cottondale, would prohibit the use of public funds for "the purchase of textbooks or library materials that recognize or promote homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle." Allen said he filed the bill to protect children from the "homosexual agenda."
As the article notes later on, however, this is far more than just a simple little bill to prevent "Heather Has Two Mommies" from being assigned as required reading for the first grade. This would require EVERY book that mentions homesexuality (except to condemn it) to be removed from the shelves of all schools, libraries and universities in Alabama. This includes classics such as "The Color Purple" and "The Portrait of Dorian Gray", as well as plays such as "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". It would also ban any mention of homosexuality in school and college textbooks. The bill doesn't just ban the depiction of homosexual sex, it bans the depiction of homosexuality altogether.
I have little patience for most of the gay-rights groups who lump in their support of equal treatment with a boatload of socialist hooey (environmentalism, wealth redistribution, the anti-war movement), but it is crass stupidity such as this that really frosts my balls. If this jackass were representing me in the state house, I'd vote for almost anyone running against him, regardless of their views, because what he proposes is detestable and quintessentially un-American. We don't ban books in this country, especially because we don't care for the sexual orientation of one of the characters.
I can't believe how many of these morons are out there. I guess that with all the regulations protecting women's and racial group's rights, people needed someone to discriminate against. Good job religious right extremists!!