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American colleges and universities long have been criticized for indoctrinating young people with values that contradict how they were raised by their parents, but at least one school is getting a jump start on the process.

Before even setting foot on the campus of the College of Charleston in South Carolina this fall, incoming freshman are reading an assigned book described as a graphic sex novel that features lesbian relations, pedophilia and a commentary on masturbation, reports CampusReform.org.

A conservative group in the state is protesting the assignment, calling the book “close to pornography,” but administrators are sticking to their decision.

Associate Provost Lynne Ford says the book asks, “Who am I and how do I fit in?”

“The book will help students to learn that they are not unique,” she said. “Our experience is shared by millions.”

But Oran Smith, head of The Palmetto Family, said the book is “way over the top.”

Titled “Fun Home,” it includes an account of author Alison Bechdel’s closeted gay father’s trial over his sexual relationships with young boys, CampusReform.org reported.

It also includes her coming out as a lesbian, commentary on masturbation and an account of her first sexual relationship with a woman.

Ironically, in 2006, Ohio State University head research librarian Scott Savage was brought up on charges of “sexual harassment” – and ultimately lost his job – after officially recommending David Kupelian’s bestseller “The Marketing of Evil” as required reading for incoming freshmen. The charges were instigated by openly ‘gay’ professors who said Kupelian’s book – which reveals the tactics successfully used to mainstream homosexuality in America – made them feel “unsafe” on campus.

“Fun Home” apparently was selected by a committee of faculty, administrators and students, CampusReform.org said.

It cost more than $39,000 to distribute to 4,000 freshmen, according to the local Post and Courier newspaper.

The book’s author, Bechdel, will be paid $13,000 to speak at the school in October.

One College of Charleston student who weighed in on Facebook, “Sara Anne,” didn’t think that the reading assignment was mandatory.

She said she received a book from the college during her freshman year and read it, but she contended it was her choice.

The book, which she didn’t name, came up as an optional discussion in some of her classes, but she said she was never asked to write a paper about it.

“If anything, this book was chosen for a reason, and I trust CofC on their decision, as should anyone else that trusts them with their education,” she wrote.

“You are here to learn to think for yourself and to become a well rounded, educated individual in ways you never thought possible,” she continued, addressing the incoming students. “If you don’t want to read the book, don’t. Better yet, give me the book. I love free books and I’m actually interested in reading something so ‘controversial.’”

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