Rear Window Ethics Rear Window Ethics: Old Idea For American Energy Needs: Book Burning!

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Old Idea For American Energy Needs: Book Burning!

Yes! President Bush came out with a new energy plan for America today, citing dependence on foreign oil, ever-rising gas prices, nuclear power and refining on old military bases. What he didn't mention was a plan raised by Alabama lawmaker Gerald Allen – book burning!

That's right, Allen says homosexuality is an unacceptable lifestyle, and under his bill, public school libraries could no longer buy new copies of plays or books by gay authors, or about gay characters.

Wait, you say. I thought the Republican party was the party of liberty and freedom? Didn't President Bush use those two words a total of 4,728 times in his second inaugural speech? What does Rep. Allen have to say for himself?
"I don't look at it as censorship. I look at it as protecting the hearts and souls and minds of our children."
There you have it. I mean, as long as you put it that way, I don't think we really need to be reading Tennessee Williams plays, James Baldwin novels or Walt Whitman poetry. At least we'll still have Shakespeare, right?
"Allen originally wanted to ban even some Shakespeare. After criticism, he narrowed his bill to exempt the classics, although he still can't define what a classic is."
I see. Oh, and a classic? That's a book that probably wouldn't be around today if every book-burning maniac in the world had their way whenever they wanted. Just so you know, Mr. Allen.

Not to be deterred by semantics, Allen explained that he's fed up with literature that pushes the "homosexual agenda" on us, our freedom, and our liberty. Freedom, liberty, freedom. (Those words are starting to lose meaning the more people use them).
"It's not healthy for America, it doesn't fit what we stand for, and they will do whatever it takes to reach their goal."
Honestly, what the fuck do we stand for these days!? Freedom and liberty, right? What is that!? What the fuck are these people talking about!? When is everyone going to wake up!? When am I going to stop shouting questions using alternating punctuation!?

CBS Evening News: Alabama Bill Targets Gay Authors