Pray for Results.

Something jumped out at me in yesterday's Hoboken Now.

An article about Real Results' evening Meet and Greet fundraiser at The Melting Pot noted that a Roman Catholic priest would be there offering "prayers for the candidates". The priest is the brother of Kathleen Tucker, a Real Results candidate.

Now, before anyone gets their panties in a knot, let me say two of the Kids First candidates are Roman Catholic, and there is NO anti-religious sentiment in pondering the message here in organizing public prayer at a School Board campaign function.

This is politics; nothing happens by accident. Politics is about crafting the message and disseminating it to as wide an audience as possible. Just what is happening on the blogs as we speak, by advocates of both Kids First and Real Results slates.

So I have to wonder, what is the message in this public prayer session? Are they simply working the Catholic vote or is the message subtext a wink and a nod to advocates of school prayer? Does Real Results advocate school prayer? What about "Intelligent Design" creation theory? What about sex education? Do we teach abstinence or birth control?

Don't kid yourselves, Real Results are Red Elephant brand Republicans; ideologues from the Palin- Tea Party wing. A message was delivered in a Roman Catholic priest's invocation at a School Board campaign fundraiser. But what? And what could it mean for the future of our public schools?

Remember George W. Bush's famous query, "Is our children learning?" Will Hoboken public school parents soon be asking "What is our children learning and why?"


  1. Curiouser and curiouser. And in the interests of disclosure I was raised as Catholic while attending public schools. On lighter note if we add a rabbi I'm sure there's a great joke in this if only I could tell a joke, "so a priest, a rabbi and a Real Results school board candidate walk into in a bar...."


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