Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) recently published a conservative children’s book about the dangers of “cancellation culture” for society.
BRAVE Books published the new title, “Fame, Guilt and the Raft of Shame.”
The publisher was founded by CEO Trent Talbot and describes itself as a “conservative alternative to the current cultural activism that our children are being taught in schools, in the entertainment they watch and the books they read.”
It offers annual subscribers one book each month, with Crenshaw’s publication being the fourth volume in the collection that began circulating in July 2021.
“I think the way they do it is pretty cool, using a variety of different conservative authors who write about different themes within the same sort of universe,” Crenshaw said according to Fox News.
When asked about the potential controversy a conservative book targeted at children might generate, Crenshaw stressed the message needs to reach “all audiences.”
“Parents are increasingly frustrated by their school’s curriculum,” he said according to the broadcaster. “They can go find left-wing progressive and woke children’s books out there. It is pretty hard to find exclusively conservative-themed children’s products.”
The congressman’s book arrived in libraries at the height of a cultural war. It seemingly clashes with an educational model based on progressive left ideals that seek to influence all parts of society against teaching conservatism and traditional values.
Crenshaw found defining cancel culture for children to be a “tricky” process.
“Conservatives wrongly view cancel culture as a very simple question of either being able to say whatever the hell you want or being silenced,” he said. “It is not that simple, and I wanted to craft this story that kind of exposes the nuance of what we mean by cancel culture.”
The story takes place in an underwater city protected by an algae dome, which begins to crack as a growing number of residents are banished for various crimes. They are expelled on a so-called “raft of shame.”
The book also contains activities and exercises for parents and children to assess the story’s morale based on religion.
“Faith is about grace, right? Showing grace even in the face of your enemies–that is also the very clear message of forgiveness,” Crenshaw said. “Christianity, of course, is linked with a sense of grace, so it is easy to use the Bible–and I think necessary to use the Bible, as a way to guide sort of our moral actions and how we forge relationships with one another.”