Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Alabama's Book Banning Bill Buried In Committee

Gerald Allen's bill to ban books about homosexuality was killed in committee. Allen couldn't even get enough members of the House Education Committee to show up to vote. Damn, I would have liked for that to pass. Why? Because as Matthew Dessem points out on PoliSciFi, the bill contained this language.

No public funds or public facilities shall be used by any state agency, public school, public library, or public college or university for the purchase, production, or promotion of printed or electronic materials or activities that, directly or indirectly, sanction, recognize, foster, or promote a lifestyle or actions prohibited by the sodomy and sexual misconduct laws of the state of Alabama.

The indirect recognition part of this bill would have effectively banned the Bible. I would have liked to watch Allen twist in the wind on that.

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