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.
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. Also exempted now Alabama’s public and college libraries.
But in book after book, Allen reads what he calls the “homosexual agenda,”
and he’s alarmed.
“It’s not healthy for America, it doesn’t fit what we stand for,” says Allen. “And they will do whatever it takes to reach their goal.”
It’s not gay people who have an agenda — hell, we’re not even organized enough to agree on fashion trends. The only people that have a gay agenda are people like this poor bastard and the nutsery on the far-right who have it in for an entire class of people who come from every strata and segment of humanity and whose very existence represents some kind of threat to them. This kind of pathology has been seen before in our recent history, and the language is very familiar, especially if you give it a touch of a Teutonic accent. It’s way beyond time we called them on it, stood up to them, and said Never Again.