Thursday, December 02, 2004

Does Gerald Allen want to ban the Bible?

Because as this story in The Crimson White points out, the unconstitutional, book-banning, anti-gay bill that Allen plans to sponsor next year is just vague enough to allow such an outcome. After all, the Old Testament goes on and on about homosexuality, and we don't want our young'uns getting any ideas, right? (Odd that Jesus didn't engage in any gay-bashing. Could it be that maybe we're not supposed to hate people?)

Allen, a Republican state representative from Cottondale, graciously volunteered this week to be Alabama's self-appointed moral arbiter. Perhaps foolishly, we have yet to fall to our knees to accept his inspiring, selfless, not-politically-motivated-in-the-
least offer. I mean, who doesn't like a good book-burning party now and then? Besides, the heat from all of those melting bleeding-heart publications will come in handy as temperatures start to drop this winter. Who's bringing the marshmallows?

Oh, sorry about that. Back to reality, where Allen has formulated the most laughable scheme I've seen coming from the Legislature in many years. (That includes former Lt. Gov. Steve Windom and his urination jug.) Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery had this to say about Allen's Fahrenheit 451 bill: "I think it's a jackass proposal, to put it plainly."

I couldn't have said it better.


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