A New Hampshire couple told a school board Monday that their son’s civil rights were violated when he was assigned a book that refers Jesus Christ as a "wine-guzzling vagrant and precocious socialist."
The 2001 book, "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America," documents author Barbara Ehrenreich’s attempts to live on minimum wage as she critiques the nation’s economic system.
Aimee and Dennis Taylor complained about the book’s foul language, descriptions of drug use and characterization of Christianity when it was assigned to their son’s personal finance class at Bedford High School in the fall and later pulled him out of school at his request.
There are a ton of reasons to dislike Nickel and Dimed—I found Ehrenreich's attitude toward minimum wage employees to be totally condescending—but this is just plain stupid. At least that kid is now getting the home schooling he deserves.