De­fend­ing Con­sti­tut­ing Amer­ica

The Dallas Morning News - - World -

Re: “School apol­o­gizes over ac­tress’ speech — Hand­outs in­cluded ref­er­ences to sex traf­fick­ing, abor­tion,” Sept. 19 Metro & State story.

In re­spond­ing to the con­tro­versy over hand­outs at an event spon­sored by Con­sti­tut­ing Amer­ica at Car­roll ISD’s Eubanks In­ter­me­di­ate School, Buddy Luce ac­cuses the or­ga­ni­za­tion of teach­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion with “a slant.”

That has not been my ex­pe­ri­ence since I first learned about Con­sti­tut­ing Amer­ica when I met its co-founder, Ja­nine Turner, and her daugh­ter, Juli­ette, at a col­lege fair two years ago. Juli­ette gave me copies of two books she had pub­lished with Harper Collins, Our Con­sti­tu­tion Rocks! (2012) and Our

Pres­i­dents Rock! (2014).

As the son of a col­lege pro­fes­sor who taught con­sti­tu­tional his­tory, I was sus­pi­cious at first be­cause both books came with en­dorse­ments from stal­warts of the Repub­li­can Party. I there­fore fo­cused on chap­ters of each book where I thought po­lit­i­cal bias might be most ev­i­dent. I was pleas­antly sur­prised: Both books are very bal­anced and fair-minded.

Fol­low­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of the or­ga­ni­za­tion since then, I have been very im­pressed by its non­par­ti­san ori­en­ta­tion, which is all too rare in our cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cli­mate, and ear­lier this year de­cided to be­come a sus­tain­ing mem­ber. San­ford Thatcher, Frisco

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