We have yet another psycho-legislator with his own diseased mission:
A college production tells the story of Matthew Sheppard, a student beaten to death because he was gay.
And soon, it could be banned in Alabama.
Republican Alabama lawmaker Gerald Allen says homosexuality is an unacceptable lifestyle. As CBS News Correspondent Mark Strassmann reports, under his bill, public school libraries could no longer buy new copies of plays or books by gay authors, or about gay characters.
“I don’t look at it as censorship,” says State Representative Gerald Allen. “I look at it as protecting the hearts and souls and minds of our children.”
Books by any gay author would have to go: Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and Gore Vidal. Alice Walker’s novel “The Color Purple” has lesbian characters.
It seems every week or so another hate-based bill like this rears its ugly head. And the legislators think they are being good Americans and, even more bizarre, good Christians. These things are now so common, they generate little outrage or anger; undisguised hatred and proposals for legalized discrimination have simply become something we accept as the norm. One day this ugly period will end, and people will look back at proposals like this, and at Focus on the Family and related hate groups, and wonder how we lost our moral compass, how we allowed America to become so closely associated with the “religious” right, the very antithesis of what Christianity is supposed to stand for.
Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.