Republican state Sen. Alan Hays said he plans to introduce legislation that would mandate the docudrama be shown in Florida high schools and middle schools, allowing students to opt out if parents sign a waiver.
“I saw the movie and walked out of the theater and said, ‘Wow, our students need to see this,'” Hays told The Reporter. “And it’s my plan to show it to my colleagues in the Legislature, too, before they’re asked to vote on the bill.”
Based on D’Souza’s bestselling book, “America: Imagine a World without Her,” the film celebrates American exceptionalism, and to the surprise of many, gives naysayers ample time to make their case.
Hays said his goal is create a better balance in Florida schools, and he would be open to a film with an opposing viewpoint also being offered. Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” is already shown in many schools, The Reporter noted.
“I’ve looked at history books and talked to history teachers, and the message the students are getting is very different from what is in the movie,” Hays said. “It’s dishonest and insulting. The students need to see the truth without political favoritism.”
D’Souza’s first film, “2016: Obama’s America,” a controversial attempt to expose President Obama’s political miscues, was the second-highest grossing political documentary ever, according to Entertainment Weekly.