CBS News reports that some neanderthal lawmaker in Alabama has introduced a bill that would ban all books from public school libraries by gay authors or about gay characters.
"I don’t look at it as censorship," says Republican State Representative
Gerald Allen. "I look at it as protecting the hearts and souls and minds of
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.
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.
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."
He says he sees this
as a line in the sand.