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CBE Backer Says Aryan Rumor 'False'

Earlier today, some Twitter/Facebook friends noted that a group backing two Coeur d'Alene School Board candidates had the same post office box number of the defunct Church of Jesus Christ Christian (Aryan Nations). Chelsea Bannach contacted Duncan Koler of Citizens for Better Education about the coincidence. This is her report:

Duncan Koler said he believes the rumor is a "political stunt" started by opponents of the two school board candidates Citizens for Better Education supports. "The whole purpose is to hurt the candidates and there's nothing to support this," he said. "It's blatantly false." He speculated that opponents who favor incumbent candidates are "trying to paint a connection where none exists." Koler said speculation that their group is affiliated with Aryans or their church, the Church of Jesus Christ Christian, is "outrageous." The post office box in question was just assigned to Citizens for Better Education in January when the group formed, he said. The post master could not confirm this due to privacy issues. More below.

However, the Aryan Church of Jesus Christ Christian is currently registered with the Idaho Secretery of State at an address in Hayden, not at the post office box to which Citizens for Better Education has registered.

Koler said it purely coincidental that the group is renting the Aryan church's former p.o. box and emphasized there is no connection between the two groups.

"I want to make clear Citizens for Better Education was formed in January this year and nobody in this group ... has ever been associated with the Aryans. We strongly oppose them"/Chelsea Bannach, SR.




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