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The movie that wasn't made

"The movie that wasn't made" Continued...

Issue: "Books and Movies 2006," July 1, 2006

Is that plot farfetched? Not at all. Pastors and priests in Europe have already been brought before the courts for criticizing homosexual behavior.

Let's move to Script Outline B: Home Is Where the Heart Is. The happy life of a Christian homeschooling family is disrupted when the parents are arrested for a technical violation of the schooling laws. The court orders them to stop homeschooling and requires them to enroll their four children in public schools where they will receive proper "socialization." In school the children are teased mercilessly for their modest dress and their ignorance of pop culture. The two girls are sexually harassed in the corridors. In class the children are subjected to politically correct versions of history and literature.

The movie continues with Michael, the oldest, getting in trouble with his biology teacher for offering an intelligent defense of intelligent design. Polly, his younger sister, receives an "F" for an essay that questions her teacher's feminist take on Pride and Prejudice. Eleven-year-old Faith is humiliated in her sex-education class when she is forced to participate in a unit on condom use. Nine-year-old Samuel begins to succumb to his school's conditioning process. One day he arrives home proudly wearing a badge that proclaims "It's OK to be Gay." Tensions increase in the family. Relationships are strained almost to the breaking point. Mr. and Mrs. Goodwin request that all their children be opted out of sex-ed classes. Their request is refused. They ask to see their daughter's social studies curriculum. Again they are refused.

The situation is bleak, but finally the family files suit. A homeschool legal defense team vindicates their rights in court while exposing the school officials for the totalitarian ideologues they are. Meanwhile, newly enlightened parents in the school district band together to demand the resignation of the school board, superintendent, and principals. The old corrupt order crumbles. The Goodwin family is once again allowed to homeschool their children, and harmony is restored.

Once again, there is nothing far-fetched about the plot. It is a composite of incidents that happen every day in America. The only fantasy element is the notion that an enlightened parent group could actually reform the system. Administrators, teachers, and their supporters in the NEA are more firmly entrenched in power than the union bosses in On the Waterfront.

Let's look at Script Outline C: Veritas. All hell breaks loose at Midwestern University when Professor Harrison Jones innocently assigns his students to research the topic of women's underachievement in the sciences. Coached by their women's studies professor, a handful of female students go to the dean to denounce Jones. He is accused of hate speech, insensitivity, and chauvinism, and is hauled before a faculty/student review panel. Demonstrations erupt across campus. In the campus newspaper and on the quad, students and faculty call for Jones' dismissal. Once-friendly colleagues shun him. His office and his car are vandalized. Meanwhile, a subplot develops, revolving around an Orthodox Jewish student who refuses to participate in the mandatory co-ed dorm program for freshmen. He is warned that he must comply, and must further submit to sensitivity awareness training, or else be expelled.

At the low point of his life, Professor Jones begins to fight back. He eloquently defends the right to free inquiry. Only one lone colleague gives him moral support, but he finds an unexpected ally in Dr. Jill Jensen, a young assistant professor in the philosophy department. She admires Jones for his courage, and as a student of Plato and Aristotle she takes ethics seriously.

Knowing that she risks her own tenure prospects, Jensen conducts an informal investigation in which she discovers that the university has a double standard. The women's studies professor who instigated the attack on Jones tells her own students that all men are rapists, and despite her talk of "inclusivity" will hire only lesbians to teach in her department. A professor in multicultural studies proclaims that all white people are mentally ill, yet he receives honors and promotions. Professor Jensen also finds the university has an unofficial policy of canceling invitations to outside speakers who are deemed politically incorrect. Finally, she and Jones discover that the head of the Mid-East Studies Department has been funneling federal national security funds into the coffers of terrorist groups.

Armed with this information, Jones and Jensen go to a wealthy benefactor, an alumnus of the university. Incensed by these revelations, the philanthropist alerts several of his friends and fellow benefactors. Together they go to the university president and board of trustees, threatening to suspend all further support unless reforms are made.

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