Book burier gets White House invite!

Last week, Maud and I both mentioned Alabamanian Gerald Allen, who wants ban books with gay characters from public libraries.

The Guardian’s Gary Taylor actually chats with Allen, whose breathtaking initiative against human rights and free speech has garnered him an invitation to the White House, this coming Monday. He explains that his motive is to “protect Alabamians”:

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.

Sounds like he’s more than a little afraid of a fender bender, if you know what I mean.

Interesting, isn’t it, that “protecting” people means forbidding them access to information. Which means that those people who need protecting don’t, apparently, have the facilities that Allen does to make up their own minds about that information. (Meanwhile, can anybody point out to me the young people who have become gay thanks to “Will and Grace?” Maybe some Republican women?) A nation of children, who need to be guided. A field of danger into which they must not stray. Hence the need for fences. Once you start going down this road, it’s a very slippery slope. The risk in a democracy is that people will think differently from you, and will make up their own minds. That’s why we have freedom of religion and freedom of speech and freedom of the press. That’s why most people still think it’s a bad idea to go “dig a hole and bury” books. Mostly.

Meanwhile, thanks to similarly “protective” voters in one million eleven states, a marked rise in hostility towards gay teens is evident in the sad stories collected here.

Meanwhile, here in Canada, the stage is set to finally legalize gay marriage nationwide. Thanks for being you, Canada.


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