The Taylors are the notorious, self-deputized censors of Bedford NH, who successfully had the book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich banned from their school's library because the author referred to Jesus Christ as "a wine-guzzling vagrant and socialist."
It seemed that a book telling the truth of what it's like to scrounge a living in America on minimum wage pricked the Taylor's devotion to Reaganomics, Mom and Apple Pie.
The Taylor's new target is the novel Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.
Worse than impugning capitalism, Water for Elephants contains a few pages of sex -- not unlike the bible.
Maybe if there was more racism, sexism and, of course, violence in the novel, it might appeal more to the Taylor's taste. I'm sure they much prefer Mel Gibson's film The Passion over Terms of Endearment.
The motto at the Taylor House appears to be: "A mind is a terrible thing to open."
So, not content with merely depriving their own children of various books they deem obscene, the Taylor Crusaders seek to have this second book made inaccessible to everyone else in the Bedford school.
Now, the casual reader might ask, "How can a couple of regular, ordinary born again Christian people receive an award for corporate malevolence?"
I'm glad you asked that.
The Taylors are this quarter's recipients because they possess and publicly display the sort of malignant ignorance that makes corporate malevolence possible.
Banning books, stifling knowledge, imposing their moral and religious codes on others and demonstrating a level of mental opacity and deep, deep seated selfishness that can only be described as a pathology -- that's what aids and abets corporate malevolence.
These are the reasons the Taylors are this quarter's winners.
Because everyone around the Taylors lose merely by their proximity to these toxic two.
2/18 UpdateIf Aimee and Dennis Taylor had any integrity or intellectual honesty, they would next crusade to have the bible banned from their local school, as it contains more violence, racism, sex and degenerate ideas than any ten books by Sara Gruen or Barbara Ehrenreich.
So, how about it Taylor Crusaders? Gonna rid the school district of the bible?