Wednesday, April 27, 2005

All I can say is...YIKES!

Possible Gay Book Ban in Alabama
April 26, 2005 News

A republican lawmaker in Alabama has introduced a bill that will ban books with gay characters or by gay authors.

Gerald Allen’s push is based on his opinion that homosexuality is an unacceptable lifestyle that should be insulated from Alabama’s children.

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 told CBS News. "I look at it as protecting the hearts and souls and minds of our children."

Books with gay characters or by any gay author would be withdrawn including classics by Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and Gore Vidal. The restrictions of the bill are so drastic that it would include Alice Walker's novel "The Color Purple" has lesbian characters.

Allen has been a vocal critic of gay marriage. - Featuresa

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