Monday, April 12, 2004

More background

Dug up this old article on the lawyer, Mark Bucher, hired by the Westminster schoolboard majority to help them fight the state. Mark Bucher co-founded Education Alliance and appears to be well-connected to the gurus in the Christian Reconstructionist movement.
    Soon after installing Ronald Reagan as president, social conservatives
    realized that controlling the presidency meant little if they couldn't
    get their plans through Congress and state legislatures. They realized
    that it meant more to control local school boards, city and county
    governments, and, if possible, state legislatures because these were
    the government units that were passing laws which had a greater impact
    on our daily lives.

    From that realization, particularly in California, has grown a vast
    grassroots movement which has been organized by the five men of the
    Allied Business PAC to capture the state legislature.

    Now, with that goal almost accomplished, Howard F. Ahmanson, the Allied
    Business PAC's chief Christian Reconstructionist idealogue and daddy
    deep-pockets, has embarked upon a plan to capture California's school

    In November, 1994, Ahmanson was the chief financial backer ($40,000)
    of a pilot project in Orange County which raised $63,221 and gave
    $61,671 to 36 endorsed candidates for school boards in 15 districts
    through a PAC known as the Education Alliance. He was joined by John
    and Donna Crean of Newport Beach, who contributed $10,000.

    It would appear that because of the unlimited financial resources
    of Ahmanson, the Creans, and the rest of the Allied donors, they have
    the potential of being far more successful than that any other radical
    Religious Right group on the California scene today.
Here's more on the Education Alliance agenda, which includes more issues beyond the discrimination law being opposed in Westminster. The opposition to multiculturalism is also interesting considering Westminster has a significantly high Vietnamese population.
    Bucher says that Education Alliance candidates generally oppose state
    and federal curriculum guidelines, support a back-to basics approach
    to education and want to emphasize American values instead of multiculturalism.
    They are opposed to the California Learning Assessment System and
    the establishment of health clinics or condom distribution in schools.
    They want to see evolution and creationism taught side by side. They
    are divided on the question of prayer in schools.

    The real educational agenda of the radical Religious Right is outlined
    by an organization spawned by COR called the National Coordinating
    Committee. The purpose of this group is the abolition of public education
    by the year 2000.
I suppose they are a few years behind target.