Last year, the College of Charleston assigned a novel about the author’s childhood as a lesbian as required reading for the entire campus. The University of South Carolina required all its first-year writing students to read a collection of stories from a gay and lesbian radio show. Students who objected were not allowed to opt out. As a result of this nonsense, the state legislature cut $52,000 and $17,000 from the two college budgets.
Recently, the legislature passed a revised budget that restores the funding. But the legislators have insisted that the money be used for instruction on the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Federalist Papers, as well as for the study of “American institutions and ideals.” This will put both schools back in compliance with a 90-year-old state law that says that state colleges must require a year of courses on America’s founding documents. The new bill also states that any mandatory reading assignment must include an alternative for students who say the mandatory book conflicts with their religious beliefs.
Naturally, the ACLU and other leftist organizations are hopping mad and are calling this an “assault on academic freedom.” I don’t see how—the schools are still allowed to teach what they want; they just can’t cram homosexual propaganda down the throats of unwilling students. And if taxpayers are footing the bill, I think it makes good sense to use the money to make students knowledgeable about the country we live in. I can’t think of anything better for that than the study of America’s founding documents. I wish more states would pass requirements like South Carolina’s.
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