Alabama legislator, a presidential pal, wants to ban gay books
You have to feel sorry for Gerald Allen, the Alabama state legislator who wants to ban—actually pull from the shelves of every library in his state—all novels, plays, and poetry that recognize or promote homosexuality.
Asked what he would do with the material, he told reporters earlier this week: “I guess we dig a big hole and dump them in and bury them.”
What’s Allen going to do when he has to choose between George W. Bush and Lynne Cheney, who is devoted not only to Bush but also to everything his name stands for?
Gary Taylor of The Guardian (U.K.) recently tracked down Allen, who also runs CASHCO Marketing in Tuscaloosa, and discovered that the lowly state solon not only has been summoned to D.C. to meet with Bush but that the two of them have chewed the fat four previous times. As Taylor writes:
But so does Lynne Cheney. The vice president’s wife is a huge Web star as an author because of Sisters, her 1981 lesbian novel set in the Old West.
For that matter, what’s Bush going to do? Who’s he going to choose? He’s chewed the fat with both Allen and Lynne Cheney. It’s not known whether Allen has chewed anything with Lynne Cheney, but he’s unlikely to, say, share an apple with her if sees her at the White House during his next visit with Bush. Here’s an excerpt from Sisters:
Taylor doesn’t mention the Cheney angle, but see The Swift Report, in which Cole Walters writes:
If you’re all steamed up, go to this Censoround page, or read this op-ed piece in the University of Alabama’s Crimson White that dares to disagree with the obviously rigid Allen. Writer Sean Aden Lovelace, a teacher at ‘Bama, notes:
That begets this question: Where’s Mary Cheney?