Straight lit in Alabama

An Alabama legislator wants to ban public and university libraries from buying books with gay characters — unless they’re depraved.

A bill by Rep. Gerald Allen, R-Cottondale, would prohibit the use of public funds for “the purchase of textbooks or library materials that recognize or promote homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle.” Allen said he filed the bill to protect children from the “homosexual agenda.”

. . . Allen said that if his bill passes, novels with gay protagonists and college textbooks that suggest homosexuality is natural would have to be removed from library shelves and destroyed.

“I guess we dig a big hole and dump them in and bury them,” he said.

. . . When asked about Tennessee Williams’ southern classic “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof,” Allen said the play probably couldn’t be performed by university theater groups.

Via Dave Friedman.

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  1. I love the South.

    They’re nuts.

  2. This doesn’t shock me at all. Alabama is the same state that:

    Bans the sale of vibrators,

    and also

    Voted DOWN the removal of segregationist language from the Alabama State Constitution this Nov. 2

    But hey, that’s Red State America for you.


  3. Hunter McDaniel says:

    The bill (and its sponsor) are ridiculous, of course.

    But no more ridiculous than the reining meme in Hollywood that gays must always be sympathetic characters.

  4. superdestroyer says:


    Isn’t Alabama the state where the Historically Black University has a court injunction against teacher competency testing because it would show that most of the education graduates of the HBU’s are really not qualified to teach?

  5. Cobra,

    Your “Red State America” comment is as bigoted as those you excoriate.

  6. Walter E. Wallis says:

    How about a sticker in the book that explains the agony of death from AIDS and the high incidence of AIDS among homosexuals?

    We have been unsuccessful in removing racist laws from the books in California.

  7. The legislator in Alabama is trying to counter a cultural trend that seeks to put homosexuality on the same plane as heterosexuality, something that people in the Bible Belt find not only offensive, but immoral as well. I really don’t have a problem with what Alabama wants to do in this regard. I’ve had it up to my eyebrows with the aggressive onslaught by certain gay and lesbian lobbies, university elites, and Hollywood to force acceptance of a lifestyle many Americans consider wrong down our collective throat. This is what you call a backlash. As for the suggestion to include “a sticker in the book that explains the agony of death from AIDS and the high incidence of AIDS among homosexuals,” I think guilt motivation is a despicable way to get people on your side. AIDS is a preventable disease that’s been politicized to gain sympathy for legitimizing a lifestyle that runs counter to Judeo-Christian principals. Of course, southerners that are trying to safeguard these principals for the sake of future generations are going to be demonized and mocked. “What do you expect from those inbred morons in red states” reeks of the arrogant elitism that is inherent in leftist ideology.

  8. Steve LaBonne says:

    How about demonizing gay people, and straights who wish to see them treated like human beings, because your asinine medieval theology happens to tell you so? If that’s not arrogant elitism, I don’t know what is.

  9. Richard Brandshaft says:

    I am old enough to remember the kind of thing BadaBing defends coming out of the South — only not too long ago, it applied to racial segregation.

    Southerners with long memories have a right to be frightened. They’ve seen it happen once before. The first interracial kiss on network TV, I’ve read, was Kirk kissing Uhura. (A brief kiss, while their bodies were controlled by aliens.) When Raquel Welch embraced a black actor in a movie, it made Newsweek.

    In the ensuing decades, the Northern commie pinko leftist n lovers have shoved such things down our throats until we take interracial couples on TV for granted. Decent God-frearing white supremacists now have to watch what they say in public. Look what happened to Trent Lott for just speaking his mind.

    And now gays. What next?

  10. Dave Hube,

    Since Alabama is one of the reddest of the red states, (63% voted for Bush), and these crazy things have occured there, why is my statement bigotted? If I’m biased at all, it’s against IDIOTS who try to demonize minorities and homosexuals.


  11. Steve LaBonne says:

    What I love is the way self-righteous ignorami who smugly set themselves up as the _moral_ elite are the first to denouce as “elitists” those of us who simply aren’t interested in living in a theocracy. That really takes a big, brass pair.

  12. Richard’s right. Blue staters were at the forefront of desegregation, like when Boston, MA, tried to integrate public schools. Those tolerant Boston folk came out in droves to greet the busses of black kids riding into their neighborhoods. No such thing as white flight in the North, either. And when George Wallace ran for President, he didn’t really carry all those Northern states in the primaries, did he? I think Southern folk have a lot to learn from their tolerant and morally superior friends up nawth, who blazed the trail for interracial couples kissing on TV, but who don’t want to live nextdoor to their darker skinned brethren. All of us, north, south, east and west are equally guilty as sin when it comes to bigotry. When I was in the military in the late 60’s, I heard far more racist remarks from Northerners than I ever heard from Southerners. Denile is not a river in Egypt.

  13. Aren’t “gays” per se depraved? After all, one cannot tell if a man is gay unless he tells you so or commits some definitive act. So any portrayal of a homosexual should be shocking enough to fit the legislator’s definition. Despite Hollywood’s efforts to portray homosexuality as “normal” and “acceptable”, most people still see it as depraved. So the legislator’s proposals should be unnecessary.