Dinish D'Souza's 'America' May Become Required Viewing in Florida High Schools

Brad Fox | January 19, 2015
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Dinish D'Souza's film may soon be required viewing in Florida, where legislation has been introduced (Senate Bill 96 and House Bill 77) that would require 8th and 11th graders to watch, "America: Imagine A World Without Her."

The film seeks to combat the idea America is a “disgrace” to the world, a message that “is consistently drummed into our young people in our schools and our colleges,” D’Souza said. 

D'Souza created an edited version of his film for educational viewing by deleting interviews with our far-left friends, leaving purely historical content void of their theories and opinions. 

Senate Bill 96 was filed by Republican Senator Alan Hays who said he believed, "students in history classes are receiving “erroneous, negative perspectives about America’s history, policies and influence in the world." He goes on to say:

“Frankly, it’s embarrassing that we allow these lies to be taught in our school system. Unfortunately, our parents and our school board members have not kept up with the misrepresentation of American history that is being perpetrated in our school system, and this movie gives a totally different view.”

"America," the movie (and book) target the rampant claims spread across most high schools and colleges that America is (inherently) evil because of past atrocities. 

D'Souza wonders why there are people in this very country that wish it never existed, and why there are those that think we have done a lot more harm than good in the world, even when compared to every other country in the world. 

Americans used to have little debate on whether the whole American experiment was a good thing. Through the way our country was designed, we eventually tackled our greatest problems, promoted the free market throughout Asia which raised hundreds of millions out of dire poverty, and helped Europe rebuild after saving the world...twice.

Should this movie be required viewing?

Many Libertarians say there shouldn't be a law requiring viewing of the movie (with opt-out from parents permission of course, this is America after all), even though they generally agree with the thesis of the movie.