Colleges will get to keep a little extra cash after a state lawmaker withdrew his proposal Tuesday that would have allowed the state to hang onto $1 million from each public college until they ban using "pornographic content" in classes and start teaching the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
S.C. Rep. Mac Toole, R-Lexington, said he withdrew his budget amendment after saying his points were made during a debate Monday over attempts to restore $70,000 taken from the budgets of the College of Charleston and University of South Carolina-Upstate for assigning a couple of gay-themed books to freshmen.
The House voted not to restore to the money by near 2-to-1 votes. Supporters of taking away the costs of the reading programs arguing that a line of community decency needed to be drawn.
Toole said he did not see any irony in sponsoring amendment that called for teaching the Constitution but censored pornographic content in the next sentence.
"Anybody who supports pornography in an education process has got to have a sick mind," he said.
Well, the constitution is safe at colleges as lawmakers overwhelmingly approved Tuesday an amendment to allow students to hand out copies on campus.