Alabama Representative Gerald Allen is trying to get all books that even refer to homosexuality banned. I'm not talking erotic fiction here. I'm talking about any book. The bill proposes that in order to save our children from "the homosexual agenda", all books with any mention of homosexuality would be removed from public libraries and schools (including universities).
On the Banned Books List: the works of William Shakespeare, those psychology or biology textbooks, Greek classics like The Iliad, or even The Bible, which under Allen's prospective rules, does mention homosexuality, so should therefore be banned. But, where to put all these books? Representative Allen has the answer.
"I guess we dig a big hole and dump them in and bury them," he said.
Well, at least he was smart enough to suggest a solution other than burning them.
Seriously, I don't care what side of the aisle you sit on. This ideology comes from ignorance, hatred and fear. In endangers our society, one built on the freedom of speech (which includes the freedom of speech you don't agree with). It endangers readers everywhere by not giving us the ability to educate ourselves and find the answers that are right for us.
If you have as many problems with these forms of bigotry as I do, drop Rep. Allen a little note:
11 S. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
Or, call him: 205.556.5310.
While I doubt he'll hear you out, I have a hunch he has a nice big hole to store your letter... and his answering machine.