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Still More Drama

Back in February, I wrote a post about controversy in the summer reading program at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC.  The book selected by the school, which all incoming freshman were expected to read, was Fun Home, written and drawn in comic book form by Allison Bechdel.  Fun Home, according to the Charleston Post & Courier, describes the author’s “childhood with a closeted gay father . . . the trial he faced over his dealings with young boys; his suicide; and her own coming out as a lesbian.”  The College said it merely wanted to have a “conversation” about homosexuality (and perhaps pedophilia and suicide as well).  The South Carolina legislature, fearing “indoctrination,” docked the school $52,000, the cost of the reading program, and the usual dance began. Continue reading