A Florida state lawmaker plans to introduce a bill making conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza's new movie, "America,"
required viewing in all 1,700 middle and high schools in the state, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
State Sen. Alan Hays will introduce the proposal, calling for the film to be shown to all students unless their parents object.
Hays told the Reporter he wants to restore more balance in Florida schools.
"I saw the movie and walked out of the theater and said, 'Wow, our students need to see this'," he said. "And it’s my plan to show it to my colleagues in the Legislature, too, before they’re asked to vote on the bill."
Other credits for D'Souza, a former policy analyst for the Reagan White House, include "2016: Obama's America," the 2010 bestseller "The Roots of Obama's Rage," and his latest book, "America: Imagine The World Without Her."
Hays' idea comes in the wake of the May plea by D'Souza,
a staunch critic of President Barack Obama, to illegally promising to reimburse some people who donated to a friend’s Senate campaign.
He faces up to two years for that transgression when he is sentenced in September.
"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 told the Reporter. "It’s dishonest and insulting. The students need to see the truth without political favoritism."
"The most dreaded disease in America today is political correctness," he added. "We need to inform our students of our whole history, and teach them how to think, not what to think.
"Let them talk with their teachers, their peers, and their parents, then draw their own conclusions. But they need both sides, and this movie shows a side they just aren’t seeing."
Hays told the Reporter he'll ask charitable groups to supply the schools with copies of the movie so it won't cost Florida taxpayers.
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