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Book curriculum causes controversy from Columbia to College of Charleston

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Charleston - The South Carolina Senate overturned budget cuts of nearly 70 thousand dollars against 2 universities that selected gay themed books in their curriculum.

The College of Charleston and U-S-C may be required to use the money to teach the US Constitution and other historical literature.

Now members of the community are weighing in on the controversy.

The book causing so much controversy is called “Fun Home” by Allison Bechdel      and was on the incoming freshman curriculum list.   It’s been on the New York Times best seller list and was rated as TIME magazine’s top 10 books to read.

The book addresses sexual orientation  and is causing some stir from Columbia to the Low Country.

”I don’t think that there’s anything bad about reading a book that has different views than what your views are… it always opens your eyes to something new, and if you don’t agree you don’t agree.”

Jonathan Sanchez owns the Blue Bicycle book store on King Street, he says although sales of the book have spiked because of the attention, he has his own opinions about the controversy.

“Whenever something like this happens, and especially when you have the state legislature holding back money or coming down on college curriculum, it’s really as bad as it gets.”

Further Down on King Street, the Images gallery owner Jen Bennett  tells us she married her wife in 2012, she sits on the board for the gay straight alliance network.

“The things that make us most uncomfortable, are often the things that are the most important for us to do in order for us to grow intellectually and psychologically , so to not allow those opportunities or to limit those opportunities for providing those opportunities for critical thinking, I think it’s a big blow to the youth in our state.”

Republicans in favor of the budget requirement called the curriculum books “pornographic.”

A spokesperson for the College of Charleston said they weren’t ready to comment until the budget proposal is finalized. 

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