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House Panel Votes Against Funding For UNC Reading Assignment

Posted August 8, 2002 3:08 a.m. EDT

— Governor Mike Easley said he does not believe the Quran should be required reading for incoming freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Thursday, the governor said while it is a good idea to get as much information as possible, it should be up to the students to choose whether or not to read a book titled "Approaching the Quran."

"I think it's important to know all issues and as much as you can about the way other people think for good or for bad. Requiring it is not necessary," Easley said.

A state house appropriations committee voted overwhelmingly Wednesday night to bar UNC-Chapel Hill from using taxpayer money to enforce the summer reading requirement.

Three students and two taxpayers claim the requirement violates their First Amendment rights and filed a lawsuit to block the reading requirement.

Lawyers for UNC-Chapel Hill have asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit.