The University of North Carolina has a peculiar take on which works comprise the canon of “great books.” Last year, UNC’s incoming freshmen had to read Approaching the Qur'án: The Early Revelations, a portrait of Islam so unquestioning that many believed it constituted indoctrination into the religion. Once again UNC has selected a controversial book for its incoming freshman to read, according to a report in the July 11, 2003 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE): The book is Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, penned by radical leftist Barbara Ehrenreich. Ironically, UNC administrators thought, as interim Vice Chancellor Dean L. Bresciani said, "it would be a relatively tame selection." However, the move is being criticized by some legislators in North Carolina, who (rightly) describe her work as liberal propaganda infused with religious bigotry.
One critic of Ehrenreich’s book is North Carolina State Senator Austin Allran. The Chronicle quoted him as saying, "I don't like the disparaging remarks made about Jesus.” Those references are of the liberation theology model; to Ehrenreich, Jesus is a Marxist revolutionary.
More Nazification of the academy, courtesy of FrontPageMag. I heard Miss Ehrenreich on NPR a few years ago (back when I still listened to Nazi Public Radio) and they somehow failed to mention her Socialist connections or her Leftist politics. They acted as if she had no agenda at all and was merely reporting objective findings. I don't know what's worse, the fact that NPR and the academy think its OK to politicize their institutions or the fact that they think we're too stupid to figure out what they're up to.