Just When You Though Alabama Couldn’t Sink Any Lower….

…some backwoods hick of a politician tries to create a bill that would ban any books written by homosexual authors in public school. Yes, you heard me right. Apparently those evil homosexuals are brainwashing school children. You know that lesbian scene in Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple”? It’s all part of the homosexual agenda.

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.

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.

Call me when the South enters the 21st century.

—Iolite
happily living on the west coast

62 thoughts on “Just When You Though Alabama Couldn’t Sink Any Lower….

  1. I saw that on the news a few days ago and my jaw about hit the floor.  I bet Mr. Allen hasn’t even read those books.  He needs to get help and an education.

  2. *sigh*  “I guess we dig a big hole and dump them in and bury them,” Allen said.  “It sounds like Nazi book burning to me,” said SPLC spokesman Mark Potok.

    Basically just a form of censorship that I believe (or I hope?) will not pass.  It urks me that some people don’t understand that freedom of religion for them means freedom of religion for ME as well!  (and you and you and you …)

    I just need to write ‘another’ bible with a more centrist view on things and tout that around …

  3. I wonder if this applies to composers too?  Goodbye, Nutcracker Suite … Carnival of The Animals … West Side Story … songs from Beauty & The Beast and Aladdin … all very popular pieces that appeal to children or teens.  And what of artists, architects, etc.?

    Perhaps it will backfire.  If enough teachers have to explain to their students why they can’t listen to this or read that, maybe it will change a few attitudes.  Wishful thinking ….

    —Joe

  4. Jeffercine, you just gave me an idea.

    All we need to do to secure equal rights for gays is to make homosexuality a RELIGION!

    How’s that for a plan?  We insist on freedom of religion for gays, lesbians and transgendered people, decry all attempts at discrimination on them as being “attacks on people of faith,” and take the wind RIGHT out of the Christian right’s fucking sails.

    Brock, I want to see a copy of the Ten Gay Commandments on Les’s desk FIRST thing in the morning!  We can all march to the courthouse together to post them. grin

    Intelligent Design:  God MADE us gay.  I can see the schools getting better already.  grin

  5. Geekmom, I was thinking about that and thought it would be excellent!  But then they would decree it’s a choice.  Ugh.  I’m all for creating Gayism? Homoinity? OOOO … Queerism! as a Religion though.

  6. Make it a religion? It already is for me. In my life, I’ve worshiped several guys.

    GeekMom: Brock, I want to see a copy of the Ten Gay Commandments on Les’s desk FIRST thing in the morning!  We can all march to the courthouse together to post them.

    I put it on his website instead. Sorry, I couldn’t resist this clever idea of yours.

  7. So?  Christianity is a choice too.  If you have to respect one, you have to respect the other.  We can’t have these horrible secular attacks on faith, can we? 

    But what I want to know is, will the Southern Reformed Gayists allow the ordination of straight clergy??

    I nominate Brock for Gay Pope! grin

  8. LMAO!!!  Ok, I’ve got some research to do this weekend!  And I think we would allow straights or ANYONE for that matter, be at any level of the clergy (or whatever fascimile we have), since open-mindedness and acceptance would be a primary function, feature and promise of Gayism to everyone!  You don’t have to be gay to be a Gayist!  Just have to be willing to accept us equals as we of them.  (I accept my straight friends name as my friend and neighbor!)  HA!  Maybe a different name to intice more people across the board?  Harveyism?  Milkism? 

    tongue wink

  9. Christian intolerance follows this recipe: pick a sin that doesn’t (usually, or at least not that anyone knows about) tempt you and hammer it relentlessly.  Homosexuality fits the bill nicely.

    But if God inspired the whole Bible as the fundy wingers like to believe, how do the account for the fact that the Bible has only around a dozen verses against homosexuality, and over two thousand about helping the poor?  That ratio should be pretty hard to ignore. Do they do more to help the poor than to make life difficult for homosexuals?

  10. Intelligent Design:  God MADE us gay. – GeekMom

    It should be obvious to any right thinking person, I mean if it were evolution I would think that you could observe a tornado tearing through the heart of Alabama and assembling a perfectly functioning homosexual out of slackjawed yokels! Evolution indeed!

  11. I mean if it were evolution I would think that you could observe a tornado tearing through the heart of Alabama and assembling a perfectly functioning homosexual out of slackjawed yokels!

    Eric, you are twisted!

    Do they do more to help the poor than to make life difficult for homosexuals?

    DoF, don’t you see? It’s all about helping the poor- the poor, misguided homosexuals that is.  Besides, the homosexuals are actively recruiting amidst our sons and daughters- you don’t hear the poverty stricken saying (apologies to Robert Browning):

    Grow poor along with me
    The worst is yet to be
    The least of life, for which our thirst was made
    (hic)

    The poor want to be poor, so who are we to thwart their desires?  The homosexuals, however, don’t really want to be gay, so we must help them find the light at the end of the tunnel.

  12. I love Queen, Elton John, Pete Townshend, David Bowie, Brian Epstein’s group the Beatles, Mick Jagger, the Pet Shop Boys, and Madonna.  Will I never be able to listen to these groups again?  It will make me sad.

    the secret word is “results88”

  13. So the bible condemns homosexuality. There’s a Simpson’s quote that’s appropriate right about now

    Reverend Lovejoy: I think you should get a divorce

    Marge:  But isn’t divorce a sin?

    Rev. Lovejoy: Marge, have you ever sat down and read the bible?  Technically, we can’t even go to the bathroom.

  14. Brock, are you a homosexual?

    Nah, I’m just doing research.

    Dude, where have you been? Yes, I’m gay but don’t let that admission define me. Sometimes I feel that more people don’t talk to me here because they feel uneasy about my professed sexuality. But I’m really not a fan of those who would reduce my worth, or elevate it, due to the gender I tend to sleep with. 98% of each day I am as normal a human as anyone else here.

    If I am elected His Feminence and then the Gay Pope, however, I may have to alter my behavior by gaying it up. Homoligion requires focus and a pouf-mobile would help me to become more devout and homolier than thou. I realize I would have a much larger share of sycophants then your not-so-regular Joe but with greater power comes greater boyfriends. I know what I stand to gain.

  15. Your queerness does not distress me in the least bit.  I was just homo-curious since my gaydar was faltering, that’s all.  Let’s have a drink together sometime?

    p.s.  the secret word is “things96”

  16. That last comment was addressed to Brock.

    p.s. the secret word is “lived55”

  17. Socialist Swine:

    Brock,
    It’s always struck me that you’re a gay man trapped in a homosexual’s body.

    I can’t quite figure out if that’s a compliment or not. But I’ll assume it’s one until you tell me otherwise.smile

    PSOTAS, thanks for the offer. We might just do that.

  18. Brock,

    It was more of a comment about Shaft’s question.  One that was geared towards providing Elwed and zilch with a giggle.  Elwed seems to have complied but zilch either hasn’t seen it yet or didn’t think it was as funny as I did.  Though, if you want to take it as a compliment, that would be appropriate.  What I said was expressed with the utmost esteem for you.

    P.S.  I also had a roommate named Brock back in the day who was so gay that I did actually used to always say to him that he was a gay man trapped in a homosexual’s body.  In fact, he was so gay that his father used to joke about him sending the “Gay Alliance” after me to “turn me over to the dark side”.  That was a family that really liked Star Wars.

  19. SS- I did get a laugh out of your comment, but I got tied up in trying to outdo it, and couldn’t, and so I let it ride… LOL

    Penetrator- I can imagine gaydar (as explained to me by gay friends) functioning in the physical presence of others, but from bits of pixellated text?  Ok, here’s a test.  These are two texts from two friends of mine, one straight, one gay.  Which is which?

    a) I don’t know but I’ve been told
    Can’t get to heaven in a jello mold

    b) I don’t know where the keys are.  You had them last.

  20. Brock, I never even considered you being gay as it has little to no relevance in our dealings.  I guess I should have clued in from some of the comments on the Hawai’in shirt thread!  lol
      zilch, I’ll go with candidate “b”, although I am probably wrong.  I just chose that because it sounded somewhat fastidious and I usually associate fastidiousness with gay men.  Of course, there are always the exceptions as with any other generalization.

  21. That’s cool, Warbi. I don’t mind if you don’t peg me. I’m a poor voice for the gay movement anyway; I don’t do feminine mannerisms convincingly, I wish drag would just go away, I’d rather die than do housework and when I try to scream like a girl, people think a vicious bear suddenly entered the room.

    Sometimes I wonder why I ever mentioned being gay here in the first place (It took me a while to do so), and then I remember it was in answer to someone who called homosexuality a sin or stated that gays have no rights to marry.

    Most of the time I would rather speak of other things, but now and then I’m compelled to discuss it. I’m moved to speak as one who has an inside knowledge of what it means to be gay in America. If I ever were to wish to be straight, it would only be because I was tired of feeling like an oddball in a room full of normal, respectable individuals. More often, I’m too busy struggling with the same challenges we all face in life to even feel I’m any different.

    I guess what I’m really trying to say with all this is that I value a lot people here. I crave the acceptance of most of you because I am impressed with intelligence. I read your thoughts and opinions and I feel a kinship and I know I am more like most of you than you are unlike me.

    If you ever think I speak of being gay too often, just remember that most of you made me feel comfortable enough to do so and that is…a good thing.

    Zilch, my guess is friend A. He has the sense of humor of a member of the club.

  22. Zilch, my guess is also friend A. Creativity seems to be linked to the “gay gene” and he showed more than B. And, yes, he has the sense of humor of a member of the club.

  23. And would this law also apply to gay editors or publishers? Does Allen know that King James I was gay? Where would that put the Bible? LOL

  24. Not to mention that straights love to place blame on others rather than taking the blame themselves. “I didn’t lose the damn keys. You did!” LOL

    Odd how I’m using so many LSFGI’s these days. You breeders must be rubbing off on me.

  25. Well, warbi wins the prize, which is: huzzah!  It was of course a trick question.

    Text a) is from my brother, who is straight, even though he’s pretty creative; and b) from my friend Harold, who in an unguarded moment sounded “normal”, even though he’s gay, short, Polish, Jewish, and a violist to boot…

    And Brock, you know this already, but it bears repeating.  We all think you’re the cat’s pajamas, and don’t give a hamster pellet what your sexual orientation is.

  26. Straights don’t like to place blame on others

    Squeak for yourself, Sus Socialisticus.

  27. Does Allen know that King James I was gay? Where would that put the Bible?

    Hmmm, leguru- where would that put the KJV?
    James didn’t author it, just authorized it.  Even so, it’s pretty suspicious, and I think we’d all be better off following a text untouched by unclean hands- namely, The Origin of Species.

  28. But I’m really not a fan of those who would reduce my worth, or elevate it, due to the gender I tend to sleep with. 98% of each day I am as normal a human as anyone else here.

    I would seriously doubt that the 2% of the day that you are not normal has anything to do with your sexuality.  tongue wink

    Besides, “normal” is not all it’s cracked up to be.  However, “cracked up” is.

  29. Brock, I live in a town called Normal, and have a sexual attraction to – get this – women, and I can tell you normalcy is not in itself a virtue.  There’s a reason “dull-normal” is such a common phrase.

  30. I’m actually surprised this didn’t pass into law in Alabama. They have already decided that adults should not be allowed to buy sex toys.
    Obviously the state lawmakers feel that the citizens of AL would be unable to control their depraved behavior if they were allowed to purchase vibrators- Can you imagine the levels to which they would stoop reading gay literature?!?!

    Next month hopefully they will get around to criminalizing masturbation and making it punishable by cutting off the offending hand.

    (*Ponders* Hmm, however would the men of Alabama beat their women properly with only one hand?)
    hmmm

  31. There’s no such thing as normal.It’s a matter of whats normal for you.How many southerners
    want to ban gay books, but than wish to poke the little hefer with big brown eyes.
    I’m sure a cow nailing hick would argue that he’s still “normal”
    Did any one hear about a new law in Florida allowing people to shoot first and ask
    questions later… a model for the rest of the nation a conservitive right wing wild
    wild west.People should organize more to thart this erosion of human rights.
    Two Ben Franklin quotes, and he was a pretty “normal” person:

    The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.

    They who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety
    deserve neither liberty nor safty.

  32. Next month hopefully they will get around to criminalizing masturbation and making it punishable by cutting off the offending hand.

    (*Ponders* Hmm, however would the men of Alabama beat their women properly with only one hand?)

    That would be the silver lining, Sketchy, but I’m afraid it’t not the offending hand they would cut off…

  33. Cindi:

    I would seriously doubt that the 2% of the day that you are not normal has anything to do with your sexuality.

    Well, that was just an estimate. Sometimes it’s probably more like 1.53% or even 4.6%, depending on the day and whether I have a date or something. Sometimes I have a more normal day than 19.8% of all heterosexuals in Normal, Illinois over the age of 25. But I digress…

    Thanks guys for proving once again that I worry too much about what others think of me and that you’ll be there for me if I decide to run for Gay Pope.

  34. Thanks guys for proving once again that I worry too much about what others think of me and that you’ll be there for me if I decide to run for Gay Pope.

    Brock:  Since I am a seriously lapsed catholic, I’ll be your campaign manager for Gay Pope.

  35. Dude, if you run for Gay Pope I volunteer to head up your security entourage.

    I said NO AUTOGRAPHS!!!

  36. And just think, Brock, of all the people who would “prostrate” themselves before the Gay Pope!!! LOL

  37. Eeeuuuu, leguru! Such an image I got with that remark. If any guys back up to me wanting their butts blessed, I’m running or sending Les to ask them “What the fuck is wrong with you worshipers?”

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