Thank God For Georgia
I said a few weeks ago that whenever I get depressed about our state’s congressmen, I remind myself it could be worse, we could have to claim someone like Georgia’s Lynn Westmoreland. Making a more general claim, I think we can now add Georgia to Mississippi and Arkansas as states that make Alabama look good.
We all remember this story:
A college production tells the story of Matthew Sheppard, a student beaten to death because he was gayAnd 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.
Ridiculous, stupid, embarrassing. But to our rescue comes the great state of Georgia:
A suburban county that sparked a public outcry when its libraries temporarily eliminated funding for Spanish-language fiction is now being asked to ban Harry Potter books from its schools.
Laura Mallory, a mother of four, told a hearing officer for the Gwinnett County Board of Education on Tuesday that the popular fiction series are an “evil” attempt to indoctrinate children in the Wicca religion.
I really don’t understand how people can be that stupid. It’s a LIBRARY. The whole point is to expose people to different ideas and ways of thinking. The books are there, for free, for people to freely choose to read. If you think gay people are icky, or you get nauseous at the sight of a burrito, or you are scared of the dark, then don’t read books by gay people, or that are written in Spanish, or that feature magicians. But don’t impose your pettiness on the rest of us. Let us use our minds, please.
Purging the Spanish books is just asinine. I’m sure there were no teachers who would use these books for a Spanish class, or citizens who wanted to read them, oh no, I’m sure it was only illegals who used these books, and they came to this country for no reason other than to visit the Spanish section of the library. So getting rid of the books will get rid of the illegals. That makes perfect sense.
As for Harry Potter, ten to one says that woman has never read a Harry Potter book. If she ever had, she would know that the books are all about “traditional values” like friendship, honesty and even love.
At least it appears that good sense will prevail
Board of Education attorney Victoria Sweeny said that if schools were to remove all books containing reference to witches, they would have to ban “Macbeth” and “Cinderella.”
“There’s a mountain of evidence for keeping Harry Potter,” she said, adding that the books don’t support any particular religion but present instead universal themes of friendship and overcoming adversity.
In June, the county’s library board eliminated the $3,000 that had been set aside to buy Spanish-language fiction in the coming fiscal year. One board member said the move came after some residents objected to using taxpayer dollars to entertain readers who might be illegal immigrants. Days later, the board reversed its decision amid accusations that the move was anti-Hispanic.