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Alabama lawmaker wanted to ban books by gay authors

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http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/...in691106.shtml

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.
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When the time for the vote in the legislature came there were not enough state legislators present for the vote, so the measure died automatically.
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Originally Posted by bumpy
When the time for the vote in the legislature came there were not enough state legislators present for the vote, so the measure died automatically.
I'm glad they all had brains enough to find something better to do.
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Oh....My....God....I hate to say this....but certain members of our "Moral Majority" are sounding more like the new Reicht to me.....gays have become the new Jews on the Right's quest for the Perfect Moral Nation. Yes, I know that sounds harsh, but this is IMO
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Originally Posted by ugaimes
Oh....My....God....I hate to say this....but certain members of our "Moral Majority" are sounding more like the new Reicht to me.....gays have become the new Jews on the Right's quest for the Perfect Moral Nation. Yes, I know that sounds harsh, but this is IMO
I don't think you're being harsh at all Amy. Let's see, if they take out all the writings by gay people and writings with gay themes or characters, it's going to be mighty slim pickings in the Alabama libraries. I thank god and that great wheel of fortune everyday that I was born in my great city it's not perfect but it sure isn't Alabama--HEE HAW!
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Originally Posted by ugaimes
Oh....My....God....I hate to say this....but certain members of our "Moral Majority" are sounding more like the new Reich to me.....gays have become the new Jews on the Right's quest for the Perfect Moral Nation. Yes, I know that sounds harsh, but this is IMO
You're not being too harsh.
How in the world do such extremists get elected? Or appointed, with John Ashcroft in mind?
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Originally Posted by Mom of Franz
I don't think you're being harsh at all Amy. Let's see, if they take out all the writings by gay people and writings with gay themes or characters, it's going to be mighty slim pickings in the Alabama libraries. I thank god and that great wheel of fortune everyday that I was born in my great city it's not perfect but it sure isn't Alabama--HEE HAW!
I was also thinking along these lines!
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oh my. not setting the right moral image i think that idoit needs to get to know our nations presidents they arent exatcly moral people. i think its funny that he mention shakesphere but not huck finn that had homosexuality in it. i think we need to remove books written by close minded people from the shelves in libaries. just imagine the kind of message this sends the children who live in gay and lesbian house holds. i think he is a inconsiderate jackbutt who shouldnt be in posistion of authority.
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I think the Moral Majority is really the Moral Minority. It's pretty sad what biggots can use to pass their own agenda.
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You know, parents are the ones responsible for the moral upbringing of their children, not public schools or the government. Unless their kept in a bubble, kids are going to hear about all of that stuff anyway.
Of, and not to mention the fact that the more you taboo you make something, the more tempting it is.


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Originally Posted by jcat
You're not being too harsh.
How in the world do such extremists get elected? Or appointed, with John Ashcroft in mind?
They scare people into voting for them. And then they appoint people just like themselves.
It's the renaissance of the politics of fear.

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Originally Posted by HopeHacker
I think the Moral Majority is really the Moral Minority. It's pretty sad what biggots can use to pass their own agenda.
I remember a line from a song: "They're neither moral nor majority..." Can't remember who the artist was...it was a female singer. I couldn't agree with her more!!
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Originally Posted by Zoe'n'MissKitty
I remember a line from a song: "They're neither moral nor majority..." Can't remember who the artist was...it was a female singer. I couldn't agree with her more!!
One of the most popular bumper stickers in the 1980s was, "The Moral Majority Isn't".
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Another great bumper sticker: "The Religious Right is neither."
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Originally Posted by Mom of Franz
I don't think you're being harsh at all Amy. Let's see, if they take out all the writings by gay people and writings with gay themes or characters, it's going to be mighty slim pickings in the Alabama libraries. I thank god and that great wheel of fortune everyday that I was born in my great city it's not perfect but it sure isn't Alabama--HEE HAW!

Ummm, ok, I've only got one request here.....please don't lump everyone from Alabama under the same general assumption that we're all illiterate, ignorant, wife-beating, homophobic, relative-marrying, rednecks! (Just because the @$$holes in our state government are!)
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Those are great bumper stickers. I remember my aunt having a tshirt for Banned Books Week. The American Library Association has a list of banned books. http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedboo...dbooksweek.htm. You have to love how "I know how the caged bird sings" and "Of mice and men" have been challenged and in some cases banned.

I will never understand how a person who claims to be Republican can be so very interested in legislating every aspect of our lives.
post #14 of 25
Oh ... good ... gods! NOT a-bloody-gain! Alabama is going to become the yardstick that things are measured by as how NOT to do things ... sheeesh ....
post #15 of 25
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

The Giver by Lois Lowry

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

these are all books ive read and they have all tried to be bannned

here i think judy blume says it all

“[i]t’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.†— Judy Blume
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Originally Posted by KittenKrazy
Ummm, ok, I've only got one request here.....please don't lump everyone from Alabama under the same general assumption that we're all illiterate, ignorant, wife-beating, homophobic, relative-marrying, rednecks! (Just because the @$$holes in our state government are!)
Don't worry we won't. After all there was a lack of lawmakers that turned up although cynically, I would think that those absent lawmakers do not want to pass the bill but is afraid to vote against it.
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Don't worry we won't. After all there was a lack of lawmakers that turned up although cynically, I would think that those absent lawmakers do not want to pass the bill but is afraid to vote against it.
Realistically, I have to mention that more often than not it seems like they don't have a quorum . Sometimes you wonder what the heck they're DOING down there! (or not doing.)
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I cant beleive we're even talking about this in 2005!
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Ok this guy has taken the whole "anti-gay" thing too far. If he wants to ban gay authors, why stop there, lets ban all gay actors directors, hell lets ban every form of entertainment known to man b/c they are ran by gays...
This guy needs to be kicked out for this.
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Originally Posted by KittenKrazy
Ummm, ok, I've only got one request here.....please don't lump everyone from Alabama under the same general assumption that we're all illiterate, ignorant, wife-beating, homophobic, relative-marrying, rednecks! (Just because the @$$holes in our state government are!)
Sorry Cindy, I did not mean to offend you or the fair thinking people of Alabama, I got carried away with the moment. But I guess as a lesbian, I'm coming from a very precarious position. Let's just say I feel a bit safer up North, not that there aren't idiots up here as well. I apologize.
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Sorry Cindy, I did not mean to offend you or the fair thinking people of Alabama, I got carried away with the moment. But I guess as a lesbian, I'm coming from a very precarious position. Let's just say I feel a bit safer up North, not that there aren't idiots up here as well. I apologize.
Awww, thanks hon, I appreciate that! I have to admit too, to getting a bit carried away yesterday, partially because it pisses me off that the people who are in high profile positions in this state give the rest of us such a bad name, ya know? And admittedly, there are still some small towns where being gay can be a bad thing, but it's actually more accepted here than most folks think. {{{HUGS}}} hon, and if you ever do decide to venture down here, you're more than welcome in my home!
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by KittenKrazy
Awww, thanks hon, I appreciate that! I have to admit too, to getting a bit carried away yesterday, partially because it pisses me off that the people who are in high profile positions in this state give the rest of us such a bad name, ya know? And admittedly, there are still some small towns where being gay can be a bad thing, but it's actually more accepted here than most folks think. {{{HUGS}}} hon, and if you ever do decide to venture down here, you're more than welcome in my home!
Honey, I come from the state of Zell Miller. I know how you feel
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Why, on the whole, are Europeans so much more laid back about these things? Ok, so we have bigots too, but they never seem to get into control of things (since Hitler, anyway)
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by esrgirl
Those are great bumper stickers. I remember my aunt having a tshirt for Banned Books Week. The American Library Association has a list of banned books. http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedboo...dbooksweek.htm. You have to love how "I know how the caged bird sings" and "Of mice and men" have been challenged and in some cases banned.

I will never understand how a person who claims to be Republican can be so very interested in legislating every aspect of our lives.
"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee is on that list. I can't believe it. That, and several of the other books, were required reading when I was in jr. and sr. high school.

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Why, on the whole, are Europeans so much more laid back about these things? Ok, so we have bigots too, but they never seem to get into control of things (since Hitler, anyway)
Maybe it's because of Hitler - there's no feeeling that "It can't happen here" in Europe. Of course, there are still idiots like France's Jean Marie Le Pen and Austria's Jörg Haider.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by KittenKrazy
Awww, thanks hon, I appreciate that! I have to admit too, to getting a bit carried away yesterday, partially because it pisses me off that the people who are in high profile positions in this state give the rest of us such a bad name, ya know? And admittedly, there are still some small towns where being gay can be a bad thing, but it's actually more accepted here than most folks think. {{{HUGS}}} hon, and if you ever do decide to venture down here, you're more than welcome in my home!
Ditto!
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