Gay book ban goal of state lawmaker

December 6, 2004

I think the famous line went, First it was the jews, then the gays… or the like, but you get the context. This nutter from Alabama is trying to censor books that mention gay people, labelling them as gay propoganda. If the bill became law, public libraries couldn’t offer books with gay or bisexual characters. We are not talking porn here, but general books in a library. You will find few people who agree with the entire cotents of a library but its our freedom of speech that provides the diversity under which we maintain the right to choose what we like and read.> An Alabama lawmaker who sought to ban gay marriages now wants to ban novels with gay characters from public libraries, including university libraries.

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.”