Censorship In The South: New Age Book Burning

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

What the hell is going on in this country? Alabama representative Gerald Allen has proposed a bill in the Alabama Legislature to keep "homosexual" material out of public institutions. Bill HB30 was first introduced February 1, 2005 and will be voted on soon. The bill is a page right out of Ray Bradbury's famous book Fahrenheit 451, and attempts to ban books from public use. Here is the text of Bill HB30:
To prohibit the expenditure or use of public funds or public facilities by any state agency or public entity for the purchase, production, or promotion of printed or electronic materials or activities that sanction, recognize, foster, or promote a lifestyle or actions prohibited by the sodomy and sexual misconduct laws of the state.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE STATE OF ALABAMA:
Section 1. In order to establish and insure good public policy and accountability in the use of state resources, it shall be the policy of the state of Alabama that:
(a) No public funds or public facilities shall be used by any state agency, public school, public library, or public college or university for the purchase, production, or promotion of printed or electronic materials or activities that, directly or indirectly, sanction, recognize, foster, or promote a lifestyle or actions prohibited by the sodomy and sexual misconduct laws of the state of Alabama. No public funds shall be used for the purchase of textbooks or library materials that recognize or promote homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle or encourages or proposes to public school children that they have a legitimate right to decide or choose illegal conduct.
(b) No state agency, public school, public library, or public college or university, directly or indirectly, shall require or encourage the entity's members or employees to provide information or materials or engage in any activities that, directly or indirectly, sanction, recognize, foster, or promote a lifestyle or actions prohibited by the sodomy and misconduct laws of Alabama.
(c) Any public employee who violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(d) This section shall not be construed to be a prior restraint of the First Amendment protected speech. It shall apply only to state agencies, public schools, public libraries, and public colleges and universities in the use of public funds and public facilities.
Section 2. The provisions of this act are severable. If any part of this act is declared invalid or unconstitutional, that declaration shall not affect the part which remains.
Section 3. All laws or parts of laws which conflict with this act are repealed.
Section 4. This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.
Because of some religious, homophobic republican there is a bill out there that would actually make it a crime to read Shakespeare. This is truly disturbing and nothing short of censorship, good call Mr. Bradbury.
As a side note Mr. Allen also co-sponsored Bill HB391 which allows teachers in Alabama to teach creationism as opposed to evolution. Way to go Mr. Allen, who needs science when you have the bible fuck Darwin, fuck Shakespeare, and fuck those fags!

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's funny that we see the reigns of Hitler, The Khmere Rouge, Pol Pot, as such far off notions. We have people just as radical and fucking crazy in this country and they sit on Congress. Tuck your kids in tonight knowing that. It's really un-fucking believable when you think about it.

 
 
 
 
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