George Bush now wants what he calls "pro-homosexual" drama banned. Having already offered support to the view that gay marriage should not be allowed in an interview with ABC News Bush said "I view the definition of marriage different from legal arrangements that enable people to have rights. And I strongly believe that marriage ought to be defined as between, a union between a man and a woman," He did go on to say "Now, having said that, states ought to be able to have the right to pass....laws that enable people to you know, be able to have rights, like others." That´s awfully big of him.
Gerard Allen (an elected Republican representative in the Alabama state legislature who has met with Bush a number of times to discuss his agenda) has introduced a bill that would ban the use of state funds to purchase any books or other materials that "promote homosexuality" - such as classic American fiction like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof or The Color Purple.
He feels that traditional family values are under attack by Hollywood, the music industry and liberal librarians and teachers who are trying to "re-engineering society´s fabric in the minds of our children". He doesn´t provide any evidence that positive depictions in literature have a negative impact on society, and claims that this is not censorship. When interviewed by Gary Tylor of the Guardian he stated
"it´s not censorship....for instance, there´s a reason for stop lights. You're driving a vehicle, you see that stop light, and I hope you stop. Who can argue with something as reasonable as stop lights? Of course, if you´re gay, this particular traffic light never changes to green."
If anyone understands this, please let me know what he is on about as I am a little confused.
You will be pleased to know that he agrees "Literature like Shakespeare and Hammet [sic] could be left alone...(but)...you could tone it down".
So what should be done with the unwelcome texts? "Dig a hole," he recommends, "and dump them in it." Perhaps this is a more environmentally friendly method than book burning, but no doubt Mr Allen would have been perfectly comfortable with the Nazi view of packing homosexuals off to the concentration camps.
I´d like to ban inbred, religious, redneck zealots and I´ll be submitting my bill to George forthwith. I somehow doubt he´ll go for it.