SC lawmakers chose Constitution lessons over gay themed books; libs unhappy

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While seemingly content with students being required to read novels with gay themes, liberal groups took issue with schools being required to teach the U.S. Constitution.

According to Fox News, the South Carolina legislature passed a bill that restored funding that was cut from two public universities due to gay themed required reading material.

But the restored funding must be used “for instruction in the provisions and principles of the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Federalist Papers, including the study of and devotion to American institutions and ideals,” according to the legislation.

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The schools are the University of South Carolina Upstate and the College of Charleston, whose president said at the time of the cuts that the school has the right to introduce controversial ideas to students, according to CNN.

Fox News reported:

The College of Charleston’s program selects one book a year for the entire campus to read, which this year was Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home,” a memoir about the author growing up as a lesbian in rural Pennsylvania. USC-Upstate’s program has first-year writing students all read the same book, which this year was “Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio,” a compilation of stories shared on South Carolina’s first radio station for gays and lesbians.

The bill included a provision that schools with a mandatory reading program must offer an alternative for students with moral or religious objections, Fox News reported.

State Rep. Garry Smith, R-Greenville, told Fox News that his office received complaints from parents with children in both schools who were not given the choice to read an alternative book.

Among the groups who took exception to the new legislation are the National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina, saying the legislation is a “symbolic penalty.”

“It represents unwarranted political interference with academic freedom and undermines the integrity of the higher education system in South Carolina,” said the groups.

Assuming that academic freedom falls within the rigid ideology of the left?

Tom Tillison


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