From the "Yes, we are a bunch of inbred dumbfucks" department: State Rep. Gerald Allen of Alabama (boy, now that's a surprise) introduced a bill that would ban the state from spending money on books that recognize or promote homosexuality. That would include any book with a gay character or a gay author. (Presumably not Fagbashing for Dummies, however.) Allen is such a nutjob that he even wanted it to extend to Shakespeare, because of the cross dressing inherent in his plays. He has now relented, and it would not apply to the "classics," but leaves that term undefined. He now only wishes to ban "some Shakespeare."
He's doing this, he claims to "protect our children" from the "homosexual lifestyle." It appears he's only interested in protecting "our" straight children; the gay kids can go fuck off.
This ban would include:
- The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, one of the biggest poofters of all time.
- Our Town, by Thornton Wilder, which is a perennial classic in high school theater and English classes
- The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
- The Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address, because recent research suggests Abraham Lincoln may have been gay
- any writings by Walt Whitman, probably the greatest American poet of the 20th century
- ... and so on and so forth