The Good News Club by Katherine Stewart
The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children

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In 2009, the Good News Club came to the public elementary school where journalist Katherine Stewart sent her children. The Club, which is sponsored by the Child Evangelism Fellowship, bills itself as an after-school program of “Bible study.” But Stewart soon discovered that the Club’s real mission is to convert children to fundamentalist Christianity and encourage them to proselytize to their “unchurched” peers, all the while promoting the natural but false impression among the children that its activities are endorsed by the school.

Astonished to discover that the U.S. Supreme Court has deemed this—and other forms of religious activity in public schools—legal, Stewart set off on an investigative journey to dozens of cities and towns across the nation to document the impact. In this book she demonstrates that there is more religion in America’s public schools today than there has been for the past 100 years. The movement driving this agenda is stealthy. It is aggressive. It has our children in its sights. And its ultimate aim is to destroy the system of public education as we know it.


About Katherine Stewart

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Katherine Stewart has written for The New York Times, Reuters, and Marie Claire. She lives with her family in New York City.
Published January 24, 2012 by PublicAffairs. 306 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Freelance journalist and novelist Stewart (Class Mothers, 2006, etc.) became aware of the fundamentalist campaign when it entered her daughter's elementary school in California, and later, the school district in their new home in New York City.

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In his world, tithing to the church meant you were exempt from taxes and it was okay to worship worldly goods purchased with what was left.

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Despite the overwrought title, The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children by Katherine Stewart raises some issues of concern.

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(Until that ruling, many public schools were wary of admitting a group like the Child Evangelical Fellowship, and most Clubs held their meetings in churches, private homes, and public parks.) After the Court delivered its majority opinion, written by Clarence Thomas, the Club's chapters expanded ...

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