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When I sat down to write about this, I wasn't sure whether I wanted to subtitle this piece "Welcome to Nazi America" or "Why are the Republicans Obsessed With Everyone Else's Sex Lives?" So I thought I would let the Blondsense readership decide.
God Bless, Alabama! As Ronald Reagan would say, "There they go again." Seems that State Representative Gerald Allen wants to be sure that no public money from the state treasury is used for anything that could be construed as condoning homosexuality, an "unacceptable lifestyle" if there ever was one. To accomplish this noble goal, he proposes HB30, currently making its way through the state legislature, to prohibit the expenditure or use of public funds or public facilities by any state agency or public entity for the "purchase, production, or promotion of printed or electronic materials or activities that sanction, recognize, foster, or promote a lifestyle or actions prohibited by the sodomy and sexual misconduct laws of the state." You can find the full text of the bill here on the web site of the Alabama Legislature.
Now, you may rightfully ask, "well, what the hell does that mean?". Here, my friends is what, in part, the bill says:
No public funds or public facilities shall be used by any state agency, public school, public library, or public college or university for the purchase, production, or promotion of printed or electronic materials or activities that, directly or indirectly, sanction, recognize, foster, or promote a lifestyle or actions prohibited by the sodomy and sexual misconduct laws of the state of Alabama. No public funds shall be used for the purchase of textbooks or library materials that recognize or promote homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle or encourages or proposes to public school children that they have a legitimate right to decide or choose illegal conduct.
Sodomy! There's that word again. (Or as somegirl would say, "Sodomy . . . mmmm.")
Let's think for just a minute about the breadth of what's being proposed here: No public money to buy any book that contains any descriptions of "perverted" sex acts or "encourages" children to think that they have a "legitimate right" to be gay. What can't be bought? No books that reference dreaded homosexuals, unless maybe they are being consigned to Hell as punishment for their sins. I guess that the ones currently on the shelves can stay, but can't be replaced. I assume any book containing poetry by Walt Whitman would be out (sorry, Heretik), because we wouldn't want school children to think they can be gay AND a great American poet. No plays by Tennessee mWilliams (and we don't care whether he is named after a neighboring state). Truman Capote? Definitely out! Running With Scissors? No way. A DVD of Last Tango in Paris? We always knew Brando was a pervert, so no big loss. Works by Socrates (or was it Aristotle?) and Shakespeare? Well, apparently we have to think about the "classics", but we're not even sure about those, and even if we were, we can't figure out how to define what a "classic" is.
Said the good man who proposed this, "I don't look at it as censorship . .. I look at it as protecting the hearts and souls and minds of our children." So, you heard it in Alabama first, if you don't talk about gays, if you don't read about gays, if you don't think about gays, then gays apparently will cease to exist. At least in Alabama, theyre not interested in the reality based community.
A brief review of the Alabama legislatures web page reveal that dear Representative Allen, a compassionate conservative if there ever was one, is also the author or sponsor of several other bills, among which are: an amendment to the state constitution not only to prohibit gay marriage (HB1) but also to ensure that any extension of benefits in the context of same-sex civil unions is prohibited (HB320). And, oh yeah, no cloning (HB319).
For your personal invitation to the next Book Burning in Birmingham, watch this space.
There you have it, my Outrage of the Week.
And what's yours?
-Red State Blues