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  •  your argument is a perfect example of my point (0+ / 0-)

    Control over the board has gone back and forth severl times. Your view seems to be circumscribed by the last electio, as if nothing had come before or will happen in the future. Elections are indeed important. And the religious right will be back at all levels, and with more force and sophistication than you might like to think. You can count on it.

    •  But you have to look at what the right achieved (0+ / 0-)

      by controlling the school board TWICE (and I am looking at the cumulative effective over the last 10 years).  Parents have to sign permission slips before kids take sex ed (edit: oops, sorry, that was repealed on Tuesday).  ID taught in schools?  Nope.  Vouchers? Nope.  Sex ed banned?  Nope. And this is at a time when religious moderate organization was basically restricted to Johnson County (which generally has very sensible policies and excellent schools).  The religious right may come back with more force, but they will met with at least at least SOME force by moderates, as opposed to the none that met them from 1990-2002.

      •  I have high hopes (1+ / 0-)
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        that moderates and progressives will not rest on the last electoral victory. Certainly the religious right will not sit back on their loss.  Poltical circumstances evolve, and every movement has its setbacks on even when the trend is upward.

        It is important for those of us who share concerns about the religious right and its agenda, to not confuse a setback for an overall trend or an ultimate outcome. That is the classic error, repeated many times by otherwise seemingly sensible people.

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