May 03, 2005

Digging a Hole

No matter where you live, there's always one backwards-thinking extremist in office. It's a fact of life, but I've never seen so MANY of them in office until I moved to the South. Alabama State Representative Gerald Allen says homosexuality is "an unacceptable lifestyle," and proposed a bill that would ban public school libraries from buying plays or books by gay authors, or even featuring 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."
Yeah, and victims of the Crusades weren't murdered, they were merely sent to heaven faster. Man, I love it when people get so wrapped up in a cause that anything is justifiable.

Think about losing the complete works of Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Oscar Wilde and countless others, because they were homosexuals. Then think about all the great works that have gay characters in them: "The Color Purple", "Brideshead Revisited", "The Picture of Dorian Gray", and many works of Shakespeare, Chaucer and Hemingway. Depending on the wording, the blacklist might unintentionally include the Bible.

The proposed bill would also ban public school textbooks that suggest homosexuality is a genetic trait, and prohibit a teacher from handing out materials or bringing in a classroom speaker who suggested homosexuality was OK. Likewise, Theater groups at state schools would be banned from performing plays written by gay authors or containing homosexuality-related subject matter. When asked what would become of the books, Allen replied "I guess we dig a big hole and dump them in and bury them."

Everyone is welcome to his or her opinions about homosexuality, and to what degree that they accept it into their life. However, removing all books with even a reference to it is nothing short of revisionist reality: Let's imagine a world without gays. Let's imagine that all the stuff we don't like doesn't exist and literally bury it.

Thankfully, the right thing happened and this bill died with very little support.
(via The 2% Company)

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