This is important for you New World kids. Is Ms. Leone still teaching there or is she still sick? If she's around please let her know about this and encourage discussion on it. Or Sra. Miranda. Or Remis. Anyone and everyone!!!!
Tell them this came from Maribou.
"President Bush wants 'pro-homosexual' drama banned. 'We have to protect people.' "
Last week, Bush's base introduced a bill that would ban the use of state funds to purchase any books or other materials that "promote homosexuality". Allen does not want taxpayers' money to support "positive depictions of homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle".
"Traditional family values are under attack," Allen informs me. They've been under attack "for the last 40 years". The enemy, this time, is not al-Qaida. The axis of evil is "Hollywood, the music industry". We have an obligation to "save society from moral destruction". We have to prevent liberal libarians and trendy teachers from "re-engineering society's fabric in the minds of our children". We have to "protect Alabamians".
Would Allen's bill prevent university students from performing A Chorus Line? It isn't that he's against the theatre, Allen explains. "But why can't you do something else?"
Cutting off funds to theatre departments that put on A Chorus Line or Cat on a Hot Tin Roof may look like censorship, and smell like censorship, but "it's not censorship", Allen hastens to explain. "For instance, there's a reason for stop lights. You're driving a vehicle, you see that stop light, and I hope you stop." Who can argue with something as reasonable as stop lights? Of course, if you're gay, this particular traffic light never changes to green.
Allen claims he is acting to "encourage and protect our culture". Does "our culture" include Shakespeare?
Forty years ago, the American defenders of "our culture" and "traditional values" were opposing racial integration. Now, no politician would dare attack Cornelius Carter for being black. But it's perfectly acceptable to discriminate against people for what they do in bed.
"Dig a hole," Gerald Allen recommends, "and dump them in it."
Of course, Allen was talking about books. He was just talking about books. He never said anything about pink triangles.
What is going on with America????? The way things are going, our government is on the way towards becoming totalitarian.
Censorship censorship censorship. What's next? Books, songs, art, dance????? Are all our forms of artisitc expression which are controversial going to be buried in holes too?
EDIT (4:15pm): Here's a link which shows that this issue is safe, for now--at least until next year.
Allen: Likely no action on gay lit bill this year
( And here are the some of the interesting comments written on this last articleCollapse )