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UMd. reading about gay student riles conservatives
Family advocacy groups object to University of Maryland freshmen being asked to read a play about a homosexual college student, and are monitoring a Texas library's decision to remove from its shelves a book they say promotes homosexuality and abortion.
"It seems like homosexuals feel bolder than ever to promote their views by using tax-funded institutions," said Robert Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute, an affiliate of the Washington-based conservative group, Concerned Women for America.
"Parents need to be more vigilant because their children are being targeted. Schools are not supposed to promote religion, but they promote the religion of pan-sexualism."
Officials at the University of Maryland are distributing 10,000 copies of the "Laramie Project," a play based on the 1998 death of homosexual college student Matthew Shepard, to all incoming freshmen. The book's contents...