Alabama Bill Targets Gay Authors


    Alabama Bill Targets Gay Authors

    MONTGOMERY, Ala., April 27, 2005

    A college production tells the story of Matthew Sheppard, a student beaten to death because he was gay.

    And soon, it could be banned in Alabama.

    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. 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.
  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    Don't even get me started.
  4. by   BeachNurse
    Oh disgustingly will never pass. It IS censorship. Who is HE to say what people can read or not read?
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Who votes jerks like Allen into Congress, is what I want to know. Does he represent his constituency? I hope to God NOT! Time to throw that bum out.
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Tweety
    Don't even get me started.

    Sheesh, me either.

  7. by   SharonH, RN
    I'm torn between disgust for obvious reasons and relief that for once Georgia is not the most intolerant, backwards, ignorant state in the Union.
  8. by   UM Review RN
    Editor's Note: 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 guess sometimes the best response to idiocy is....

  9. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    I guess sometimes the best response to idiocy is....

    my thoughts exactly....or for a lack of better words that can't even begin to reflect my feelings on this.

    beachnurse says this will never happen. i hope she's right. but for some reason, in alabama, i wouldn't be surprised if it did- *******' low-life bigots.
    i'll betcha they call themselves christians.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    What should "never happen" is jerks like this serving in our government.
  11. by   fab4fan
    Why not target the redneck yahoos that drive around with the Confederate flag flying from their dilapidated pickup trucks?

    Some schools in other states have even gone so far as to ban "To Kill A Mockingbird" because it was considered "racist" and contained the "n" word.