Thursday, December 02, 2004
On this day:

Rep. Gerald Allen: Book Burner?

This story is making the rounds in the nationwide media, including Fox and CNN.

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 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.

Even though it seems that Rep. Allen's bill goes way overboard, the response from the Southern Poverty Law Center's Mark Potok is predictably over-the-top: "It sounds like Nazi book burning to me."