Monday, December 13, 2004

The News From America

Two stories I missed over the last couple of weeks. First, from the Raleigh-Durham News & Observer, School Defends Slavery Booklet:

Students at one of the area's largest Christian schools are reading a controversial booklet that critics say whitewashes Southern slavery with its view that slaves lived 'a life of plenty, of simple pleasures.'

Leaders at Cary Christian School say they are not condoning slavery by using 'Southern Slavery, As It Was,' a booklet that attempts to provide a biblical justification for slavery and asserts that slaves weren't treated as badly as people think.
That was Thursday. On Friday the school dropped the booklet "after they learned about faulty footnotes and citation errors in the publication," i.e., after it made the papers. (Via Bankrupt Artist)

Meanwhile, in Alabama, a politician wants to ban books with gay characters:
An Alabama lawmaker who sought to ban gay marriages now wants to ban novels with gay characters from public libraries, including university libraries.

A bill by Rep. Gerald Allen, R-Cottondale, would prohibit the use of public funds for “the purchase of textbooks or library materials that recognize or promote homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle.” Allen said he filed the bill to protect children from the “homosexual agenda.”


El Duque said...


What is this about slavery?

You want to know what I think about slavery, Superfrankenstein? I'll tell you what I think about slavery. It is wrong. It is completely, totally and utterly and really no good. I hereby rebuke slavery. I abhor it. I condemn it! Even if somebody wanted to be my slave, and, yes, I've had plenty of offers, I say to them: Get away from me; go and be free; fall in love; climb mountains; be the you that you are, not the you that someone else owns.

I shall never own another man, or his wife. And if you own slaves, Superfrankenstein, I am your enemy.

Sorry, Superfrankenstein. I guess I just went off on you. You didn't deserve to have me on my "soapbox." But it needed to be said.

Slavery... Count me out.

Anonymous said...

Amen, El Duque. Amen.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link.

You wanna know what the real scary twist to this Gerald Allen story is?

He's meeting with the President today. At the White House.

I'd bet that not many state senators get facetime with POTUS...but evidently a bigot who has no respect for the Constitution is just fine.

Rasmus said...

You think this involves novels by gay writers as well?

El Duque said...


After thinking it over, you know what I think? I think you can't say it enough:

Slavery is just plain wrong.

Superfrankenstein said...

Lordandmaster, I bet that if Rep. Allen decides an author is gay, the book goes on his hate list.

El Duque, stick to your guns.

Superfrankenstein said...

And telescreen, thanks for checking in & for the disgusting update. You have a nice place. I wonder how much fun the hate, uh, state senator had with the President today.