Duke Freshmen Refusing to Read LGBT Graphically Illustrated Book


America’s educational system is playing a major role in the moral decline and destruction of our nation. Grade school students as young as kindergarten are being taught about sex and that homosexuality is normal and something they should be willing to experiment with. Middle school girls are provided with free birth control pills, long-term implants and IUDs without parental knowledge or consent. Many middle and high schools provide free condoms and teach kids that sex is okay as long as they take precautions and oh, by the way, you don’t have to tell your parents. Planned Parenthood works with many schools providing information to teenage girls on where and how to get an abortion without parental knowledge or consent. Common Core has hormonally controlled teenagers reading books that glorify rape, incest and pedophilia.

However, if you think public elementary, middle and high schools are bad, wait till you see what many colleges and universities have been doing. I’ve seen reports of English teachers showing pornography in class and claiming it has something to do with the lessons. Some more liberal campuses allow an annual naked run around campus, supposedly as a fund raiser.

But you would expect more esteemed institutions of higher education to use better moral judgement, but that’s not the case either.

In 1838, a group of Methodists and Quakers founded Brown School which became Union Institute which became Normal College which became Trinity College which became Duke University in 1925. Duke is a private university whose motto is ‘Eruditio et Religio’ or ‘Knowledge and Faith’. Other than its famed basketball program, Duke is well known as one of the top research universities in the nation and home to nearly 15,000 students.

With its history and status, one would expect Duke to uphold to a fairly conservative moral code, but evidently that’s not true anymore considering the recommended reading list provided for incoming freshmen.

The First-Year Advisory Counselor Board decided to add a controversial book to the freshmen summer reading list. Written by Alison Bechdel, a member of the LGBT community, Fun Home depicts her childhood before and after her father committed suicide.

It’s not really a book as you would think of a book but it’s actually a ‘tragicomic’ or graphic piece of work that depicts certain sexual activities. Many find the book to be pornographic and offensive, so much so that when it was placed on the summer reading program for the College of Charleston, the conservative GOP controlled legislature cut the college’s funding by $52,000 because of the book.

Evidently Duke’s board didn’t learn from history and decided to add the book the freshmen summer reading list anyway and it’s being received with mixed feelings. Some incoming Duke freshmen have opted not to read the book because it offends their Christian faith. One of those freshmen is Brian Grasso who took to Facebook to say that he was not going to read the book ‘because of the graphic visual depictions of sexuality.’

Grasso also posted:

“I feel as if I would have to compromise my personal Christian moral beliefs to read it.”

“There is so much pressure on Duke students, and they want so badly to fit in. But at the end of the day, we don’t have to read the book.”

“Duke did not seem to have people like me in mind. It was like Duke didn’t know we existed, which surprises me.”

His post has launched a controversy between LGBT supporters and Christian students. Grasso said that he posted because he felt there were other Christian freshmen feeling the same way he did and wanted them not to feel pressured into reading the book. He has heard from a number of other students who have thanked him and said they also refuse to read the book.

One freshmen supporter of the book replied to Grasso’s post, saying:

“Reading the book will allow you to open your mind to a new perspective and examine a way of life and thinking with which you are unfamiliar.”

This demonstrates a complete lack of respect for the religious views of others. They completely fail to understand just how offensive something like Fun Home is to one’s personal beliefs. Instead, they want others to abandon their faith and values to broaden their horizons to become more like them. Keep in mind that liberals preach tolerance but their tolerance is one way in that they demand that Christians and conservatives are tolerant of them but they don’t and generally aren’t tolerant of Christians and conservatives.

Some students are starting to question Duke’s standards and if it’s the right university for them. Elizabeth Snyder-Mounts, another Duke freshman commented:

“I thought to myself, ‘What kind of school am I going to?’”

I strongly urge all prospective college students and their parents to thoroughly check out the colleges and universities they are contemplating on attending. Considering the fact that the annual tuition at Duke is running around $60,000 a year, you need to make sure that it’s the right fit before going in debt for life.

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