Letter | S.C. legislature right to object to college ‘required reading’

April 8, 2014 

Re: March 20 letter from James Mallow, “SC legislature hypocritical in vote to cut funding over university reading list”

It amazed me to read letter that accused the S.C. Legislature of hypocrisy.

Plain and simple, our representatives reduced funding budgets at two state schools that seemed to be promoting some hidden agenda. The schools were requiring students to read about groups who are different than the norm all under the guise of exposing students to “different views” while requiring no opposing viewpoint.

Hey, show me two people who do not have some differences, but should I have to read only about the other person’s point of view? Students are smart enough to form opinions without being “required” to read one author’s viewpoint. It would be no different if the schools required students to read a book on only the Democratic Party or on only the Republican Party, to expose them to “different views.”

That is what I would call hypocrisy.

Well, excuse me for being thankful that the legislature sees this for the hidden agenda that it is. Book burning? Censorship? Not the same in this instance. Public funds from our tax dollars are given to these schools to promote responsible education, not singularly liberal or conservative agendas.

I did not see where these students were given a choice of selecting books with opposing topics or a chance to have open debate. Kudos to the legislature in this instance.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.

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