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Florida senator wants to make Dinesh D’Souza’s America mandatory for students

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Dinesh D’Souza, a disruptive rant at a local city council meeting that poured itself into a suit and became a filmmaker, has long stood for presenting an alternative to the mainstream version of history, whether it’s directing a movie suggesting that the genocide of Native Americans was going to happen anyway—because of diseases, and arrows—or comparing himself to Martin Luther King Jr. Traditionally that presentation has been limited to the audiences who specifically sought those movies out, eager to have their eyes opened to the imaginary truth they already believed. But now one brave lawmaker is hoping to change that history as well, in the state where D’Souza’s philosophy of divisiveness, paranoia, and not thinking things all the way through is already a proud way of life: Florida.


According to The Hollywood Reporter, Florida State Senator Alan Hays has proposed a bill that would require public school students to watch D’Souza’s 2014 effort America: Imagine A World Without Her—a film that is to American history what Troy McClure’s Meat And You: Partners In Freedom is to the beef industry. By making America mandatory viewing for Florida teenagers, Hays says he hopes to counteract the message spread by their history books, which teaches them that our ancestors slaughtered indigenous tribes, brought African slaves to their shores, and stole territories from Mexico, yet neglect to say that these things were totally awesome because America is awesome.

“It’s dishonest and insulting. The students need to see the truth without political favoritism,” Hays said of the film whose back half delves into how Saul Alinsky was a literal devil-worshipper whose puppets Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will destroy the nation, then ends with D’Souza, handcuffed for self-confessed campaign finance fraud, suggesting he is a political martyr. “We live in the finest country in the world and our students need to be taught the truth, not some politically slanted opinion of a textbook author,” Hays concluded of these lies perpetrated by notoriously pompous, self-aggrandizing textbook writers.

Backing Hays’ initiative is Movie To Movement, a nonprofit organization that supports movies it believes “promote a culture, of life, love, and beauty,” while also warning against the paganism in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water. It’s now pledged itself to the similarly worthwhile cause of supplying Florida schools with more than 1,700 copies of America if the bill passes. For now, it’s hosting a screening for Hays’ senatorial colleagues that he believes will convince them to vote yes on counteracting Florida schools’ egregious agenda of emphasizing facts over feelings.

For D’Souza—who’s currently spending his nights in a “community confinement center” in that part-time Siberia of all political martyrs, San Diego—he naturally believes Hays’ proposal is as noble as circumventing campaign finance laws for your old college friend. “It’s great to hear that America is being recognized for it’s [sic] educational value,” D’Souza said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “With Michael Moore and Al Gore’s films being shown in schools all the time, it’s great to see Alan Hays is attempting to even the scale.” After all, what could be more educational for our children than learning to thoughtfully consider all the possible slants, whether it’s the belief in global warming, or the belief that Obama is systematically destroying America because his dead, absentee dad told him to?

Should the bill fail to pass, D’Souza can take comfort in knowing that students in Hays’ district will still be exposed to a wildly distorted version of America by living in Florida.