The Right’s Public-School Campaign 1992-1993

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(From a report compiled by People for the American Way.)

  • Two-thirds of the religious-right’s 56 candidates won in San Diego in 1990. In 1992, that number was down to one-third, largely because of organized opposition.
  • In Kirkwood, Mo., one candidate explained that homosexuals “can’t produce children. They’re like parasites.”
  • In New York City, the Christian Coalition campaigned for 288 seats on 32 boards. During the election, they denied fielding candidates but declared victory when 66 won.
  • In Lake County, Fla., the new board proposed that American culture be taught as “superior to other foreign or historic cultures.”

This map [to come –JBT] is far from exhaustive since stealth campaigning makes tracking difficult. (Citizens for Excellence in Education claims that more than 6,000 of its members were elected in 1993, but the group won’t provide names or locations.) Still, certain trends are clear:

  • Religious-right candidates are running for school boards nationwide, not just in Bible Belt pockets.
  • They’re successful. One-third of last year’s candidates won.
  • Their strategies are developed and nurtured by national groups.
  • They make a deliberate effort to obscure their views and affiliations.

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

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Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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