Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist and The Epoch Times’ Editor-at-Large Roger Simon in-studio to discuss the recent finding of Woke curriculum on kindergartners’ Epic App in Williamson County.
Leahy: We welcome to our studios, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, novelist, former head of Pajamas Media, my former boss at PJTV, and now the senior editor at The Epoch Times, Roger Simon. Good morning, Roger.
Simon: Good morning! I’m actually up this morning. I don’t know why.
Leahy: By the way, I bring greetings from Jenny Beth Martin. We interviewed her. Jenny Beth Martin, the founder of Tea Party Patriots.
Of course, it was actually you set up the arrangement for the first time that all the Tea Party folks met back in April of 2009. That was 13 years ago. I know.
Simon: Everything is sounding so long ago.
Leahy: I know, but you were out in L.A. You flew us all out, and we had several programs about the Tea Party movement. That’s the first time I met Jenny Beth Martin. She sends you her very best regards.
Simon: Where is she now? She’s in Atlanta running Tea Party Patriots.
Simon: Not that far away. She told me that she’s given this year so far 57 speeches. So, out there and pushing the constitutional populist conservative agenda. Roger, now you are, I think, one of the most popular, if not the most popular columnist at The Epoch Times, a great news outlet.
I got to tell you, apparently, Roger, the spirit of Dr. Seuss has resurrected and you’ve got a story coming out. Listen to this, folks. N is for nonbinary, T is for trans.
Simon: (Laughter) Well, that, it turns out, is a local story because it came to me by folks here in Williamson County.
Leahy: Isn’t Williamson County the best public school system in the state of Tennessee?
Simon: Oh, yeah. It’s Republican heaven, except for the schools, because the thing that these folks were complaining about is that there was a book on their kindergarteners’ iPads. Kids take iPads home from school now.
Leahy: I think some take iPads, some take Google Chrome.
Simon: Same difference.
Leahy: They take them home for the weekend. They use them during the day.
Simon: Sometimes it depends on what grade they’re in. Sometimes it’s daily. But anyway, they opened this up and it said they had something called the ABCs. The Gay-B-Cs.
Leahy: Hold on. The Gay-B-Cs? Not the ABCs?
Simon: This is for kindergarten.
Leahy: Oh, my goodness.
Simon: So things are like N is for [non]binary and T is for trans. I know. Dr. Seuss, of course, has been drummed out of the literature by the Left. So if I ran the zoo, said Gerald McGrew, I’d be dying binary too.
Leahy: That’s very good, Roger.
Simon: Well, I write for a living anyway. And none of the success of Dr. Seuss, although I have only been canceled by Facebook.
Leahy: More of your books are in print than his these days.
Simon: Although I was canceled by Facebook. That’s true. It just happened two days ago, and they won’t tell me why, but I don’t care. So further rhetoric in this thing is, C is, needless to say, for “coming out” and D is for drag.
Leahy: This is for kindergartners, on the iPad of kindergartners in Williamson County, public schools?
Simon: All of them, yes. Until yesterday when it was discovered and they went to the authorities there and they go “oops.” And they removed it.
Leahy: It’s been removed now.
Simon: Yeah it got removed in a hurry I guess out of embarrassment. But why it got there in the first place is something people ought to think about.
Leahy: Wow. How did it get there in the first place?
Simon: Well, they bought an app, and the app I think it’s called Epic.
Leahy: Epic, right?
Simon: The app is called Epic, and that app has 40,000 books on it so they couldn’t possibly vet them. That’s ridiculous. There may be more things just as absurd as the Gay-B-Cs on there.
Leahy: Okay, so this for kindergartners it’s been removed now, but it was up there, and the Gay-B-Cs include C is for coming out. D is for drag, N is for non-binary, T is for trans. This is what every kindergartner in Williamson County was exposed to until yesterday.
Simon: You’ll never guess what B is for. B is for bi. They include a doggie along with it so when B is for bi you can shout it out loud, I like boys and girls and that makes me proud.
Leahy: This is for kindergarten?
Simon: Yes. Ages 4 through 8. It says on the book. It goes up to the third grade.
Leahy: At least they had the good sense to remove it.
Leahy: What else is out there?
Simon: We don’t know.
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Photo “The Gay BCs story time” by Parker Schultz.