Florida lawmaker wants to require students to watch film critical of President Obama
UMATILLA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A Florida lawmaker plans to propose a bill requiring local schools to show students the newly released documentary from conservative filmmaker and President Obama critic Dinesh D'Souza.
State Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, wants to make the film “America” required viewing for public high schools and middle schools, barring parental objection.
"A lot of young people in our schools and colleges are taught a kind of negative story about America -- we're the 'bad' guy. This film is intended to counter that and give people a reason to love America," Hays said.
“America” is the latest in a series of films from D'Souza asserting that liberal policies are hurting the country. His prior films focused specifically on the alleged failures of the Obama administration.
"The film is great, because it talks about how America is not a conqueror. We rebuilt other countries after we defeated them," Hays added.
Hays said he would be fine with teachers also showing a more liberal-leaning film to balance out the showing of “America.” For those who would criticize his plan, he said, "I would ask, 'What are you afraid of?'"
D’Souza, while promoting his new movie, is also facing legal troubles. He pleaded guilty in May to a charge that he made improper donations to a Senate candidate in 2012.
He later told Fox News that while he takes responsibility, he questioned whether he was selectively prosecuted. He said he was able to avoid a second charge by pleading guilty to one of them.