Post GOP Primary Aikens and Pains

Josh Aikens was one of the speakers at a Tea Party meeting last week in very “red” Sussex County.

Aikens was fresh off a tough loss in a bruising LD-24 Republican primary for the state Assembly, but that race already seemed to be forgotten.

Aikens talked about the upcoming school board races. It’s not a new subject for him.

Aikens is credited in New Jersey’s right wing circles for helping hundreds of conservatives win election last year to school boards across the state.

This is a big deal, and staunch conservatives on school boards are having an impact in many ways – curriculum, books, personnel and the like.

But now he’s looking ahead – telling people at the meeting to consider running for their local boards themselves. The filing deadline to run in the fall election for school board is July 31.

Running is not hard. A candidate needs only 10 signatures to get on the ballot.

School boards are officially “non-partisan” and that’s how board members more or less acted – until very recently.

But with the “culture wars” raging, the non-partisanship of school boards is vanishing quickly.

Some Republican organizations began recruiting school board candidates two years ago.

And with acrimonious meetings and at times litigation over books, gay issues and sexuality in general the norm these days, school boards have become a political battleground.

Those on the left may have been a bit slow to grasp the new environment, but they’re trying to catch up.

A group called the New Jersey Public Education Coalition has been created to fight what it terms “the radical right school board takeover.”

It also is seeking school board candidates judging from postings that speak of the looming filing deadline and training for candidates.

All this makes the end of July – of all times – a critical date on New Jersey’s political calendar.

Evidence of the philosophical chasm between both sides is not hard to find – just go to a school board meeting.

There weren’t all that many people at this week’s meeting in Roxbury, a locale where the high school librarian has filed a defamation suit against four residents.

But two speakers aptly symbolized the divide.

One decried mass praying organized by some audience members at a previous meeting, adding that the public schools are not the place for spreading the Christian faith. She said she was raised Catholic by the way.

No, no, no, said a speaker in response.

The issue at hand is not about faith, it’s about pornographic literature in the school library.

The battlelines certainly have been drawn.

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3 responses to “Post GOP Primary Aikens and Pains”

  1. Democrat-Communists don’t want public schools to be the place for spreading the Christian faith, but they are becoming the place for the LGBTQ , Transgender and Satanic cults. These 3 social constructs can be considered a religion because they are spreading a certain kind of “faith” in their programs and narratives.

    Time to ban ALL LGBTQ, Transgender and Satanic cultist organizations from public schools since they are based on their own “faith” based religious construct.

  2. Hey jackass without the guts to identify yourself–religion has NO PLACE in public schools. We have a constitutional separation of church and state, remember? Or did you flunk civics? America, contrary to your retarded beliefs, is NOT A CHRISTIAN NATION. Grow a brain, schmuck!

  3. @Nomoremarxists – I find it very ironic that those who profess to be a “Christian” don’t know the teaching of Jesus. Please go read the bible and be informed. Here are a few scriptures that you should start with.
    John 4:20 – Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
    John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

    Don’t give Christianity a bad name. LOVE is the greatest commandment and yet you are spewing your hate here and calling yourself a “Christian”.

    “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?” Matthew 23:33

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