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Saving America's Teens From Literature

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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BAD ANGELS? A scene from Kushner's play Parents in Illinois are in a panty-twisting tizzy because their high schoolers are reading Tony Kushner's Pulitzer-prize winning play Angels in America in their advanced English classes, claiming it brings gay porn out of their basement VCRs and into the classroom.

AP English students at Deerfield High School in Deerfield, Illinois, are currently required to read the critically lauded play, which also won two Tony awards and was adapted into an Emmy-award-winning HBO movie. But a parent group has formally challenged the use of the play before the school district, with one parent asking "who would have ever thought that we would be handing out pornography in public schools?" The parents have the support of such esteemed groups as Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, a "newly reorganized national organization devoted exclusively to exposing and countering the homosexual activist agenda."

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