Lawmaker Pushes Bill To Make Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘America’ Mandatory Viewing in Public Schools
A Florida lawmaker is proposing a bill making Dinesh D’Sousa’s America mandatory viewing in the state’s public schools.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Republican State Senator Alan Hays said that he will introduce the simple one-page bill in November that will require students in the state’s 1,700 middle schools and high schools to watch the film, unless their parents object.
“I saw the movie and walked out of the theater and said, ‘Wow, our students need to see this.’ And it’s my plan to show it to my colleagues in the legislature, too, before they’re asked to vote on the bill,” Hays said.
Hays claims showing the movie will bring balance to schools, some of which show Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and some of Michael Moore’s left-leaning films. Of course, Hays fails to note that those films are not required viewing as he hopes to make America.
The Hollywood Reporter notes:
The plan is sure to draw fire from liberals not only because D’Souza is a prominent conservative but because he is also behind the movie, 2016: Obama’s America, which is a profoundly negative take on Democratic U.S. president Barack Obama.
America, the movie, espouses a conservative point of view toward telling history. D’Souza takes on leftist arguments that portray the U.S. in a negative light, and he specifically attacks Howard Zinn, author of the book A People’s History of the United States, often considered the most widely used history book in U.S. academia. The movie shows actors Matt Damon and Woody Harrelson praising the book.
Of course, there is also the likelihood of D’Souza being sent to prison in September at his sentencing hearing, after he pleaded guilty to illegally promising to reimburse some people who donated to a friend’s Senate campaign. D’Souza is facing up to two years when sentenced.