The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children

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PublicAffairs, Jan 24, 2012 - Education - 304 pages
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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.


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User Review  - VGAHarris - LibraryThing

Outstanding. It should be placed in every public school in the country. Parents who want to keep their kids free from the contamination of fiercely committed Fundamentalist ideologues will find this valuable reading. Read full review

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A look at the phenomenon of churches invading schools and working to convert children to a particularly rigid view of Christianity under the guise of a club that gives candy to children based on how ... Read full review


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Katherine Stewart has written for The New York TimesReuters, and Marie Claire. She lives with her family in New York City.

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