Tuesday, May 03, 2005


Andrew Sullivan noted that the "ban gay books" bill introduced by Alabama State Representative Gerald Allen actually has a much wider scope than it first appears. The bill could potentially extend far beyond Oscar Wilhttp://www.blogger.com/de books. Here is the actual language of the bill (via PolySciFi):

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.
PolySciFi explains just how potentially expansive this law could be. After reading it, I had another vision of the future: be. After reading it, I had another vision of the future:...

....Chairman: Today’s hearing is not to debate the merits of the Moral Cleansing Act, but to address your specific complaints. You were told this many times. Now proceed.
Librarian (sighing). The Agency has banned all books on Joseph McCarthy because it includes references to Roy Cohn.
Rep. Allen: Why would it do that?
Librarian: He was gay. He died of AIDS....
Rep. Allen: Roy Cohn? Really?...