More Anti-Christian, Anti-American Propaganda Under the Cover of Education


The taxpayers of Bedford, New Hampshire deserve better from their local school officials.

The book Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich was assigned to a personal finance class at Bedford High School.

Ehrenreich has quite a radical resume as  honorary co-chair of the Democratic Socialists  of America, a board member of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws(NORML), and a self-described “fourth-generation atheist.”

As a journalist for a slew of far left publications Ehrenreich accepted an undercover assignment from Harper’s editor Lewis Lapham. Over an expensive lunch which  Ehrenreich describes in an introduction to the book, Lapham asks her to pose as one of the little people, taking minimum wage jobs in order to find out how the masses survive on slave wages.

In 2001 she published a first-person account and in true Marxist-style made  a bundle, selling 1.5 million copies.

Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, the parents of the 10th-grader who first brought the book to their attention, had no prior knowledge of its author. But when their son pointed out  Ehrenreich’s anti-Christian tirade in one section of the book, they were outraged.

While posing as one of the underclass, the author attends a tent revival meeting and writes:

Jesus makes his appearance here only as a corpse; the living man, the wine-guzzling and precocious socialist, is never once mentioned, nor anything he ever had to say.

The leftists, like Ehrenreich, co-opted Jesus a long time ago. Portraying Him as the ultimate socialist enables them to undermine capitalism and Christianity at the same time.  These economic and religious systems have proved to be tenacious flies in the ointment for the radicals, they just won’t go away.

Aware and  involved parents like Mr. and Mrs. Taylor will not sit down and shut up when it comes to the indoctrination of their children.

They followed up and  forced Tim Mayes, Bedford superintendent, to form a six-member committee to review Nickel and Dimed. In the end the reviewers decided that the “book’s educational merit outweighed its shortcomings.”

Assistant superintendent Chip McGee agreed:

We need to balance the instructional value of the book against its shortcomings, rather than looking at any isolated passage, and rather than looking at the belief system of the author.

Bedford’s school committee may not want to consider the belief system of Ms. Ehrenreich but thankfully some parents are on the ball. After all, she was the one that interjected her belief system into a book about poverty and wages. What are these officials smoking?

Mom Aimee Taylor stated that Ehrenreich “hates everything American, everything that America stands for or was built on, I mean when you read the book you see that strongly in this woman’s agenda.”

The Taylors’ efforts have partially paid off. A memo was sent out to all teachers requesting that they be more discerning when assigning certain educational material. Perhaps in the future a writer who depicts Christ as an alcohol-swigging socialist might warrant a little more investigation.

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