Friday, March 1, 2013

#445: Gerald Allen

I think UFO-fanatic and Roswell conspiracy theorist Don Allen flies under the radar even of our Encyclopedia, despite brilliant pieces like this.

Republican State Senator of Alabama, Gerald Allen has a claim to notability, however. Allen’s main claim to fame is probably his effort to ban Sharia law in Alabama, in a bill that put it thusly: ”The courts shall not look to the legal precepts of other nations or cultures. Specifically, the courts shall not consider international law or Sharia.” Allen had to admit that his staff lifted the legislation’s description of Sharia law from Wikipedia, and that he doesn’t even know what it is. More here.

Ok. But Allen has proposed silly things before. Back in 2004 he proposed a bill that would ban any and all books that feature gay characters from public libraries in order to protect children from “the homosexual agenda” (More here). Allen’s move actually lead to the instigation of Ed Brayton’s celebrated Robert O’Brien trophy. When the ACLU called his bill stupid, an indignant Allen responded with the following incomprehensibly unhinged screed: “The ACLU is anti-America, anti-Christian organization. It's (sic) leader is openly gay. What about the freedoms and liberties of the Christian community?”

Diagnosis: I actually suspect Gerald Allen doesn’t really have an opinion on these matters; he just doesn’t care. Fair enough. Now he’s rewarded by being outed as a loon, and he will remain described as such in Digital until the end of the Internet.

Here’s twopercento’s (slightly old) steel cage match between Alabama and Virginia for being the looniest state.

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