The Good News Club

The Good News Club

The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children

Book - 2012
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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, 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 false impression that its activities are endorsed by the school. Astonished to discover that the U.S. Supreme Court has deemed this legal, Stewart set off on an investigative journey across the nation to document the impact. As she makes chillingly clear in this journey through the history, politics, and landscape of this new culture war, the rapidly expanding network of Good News Clubs represents just one of a range of initiatives intended to insert conservative forms of evangelical Christianity into public schools--and into society at large. In the communities within which they occur, these initiatives often appear to be spontaneous and local events. But in fact they are organized, funded, coordinated, and guided at a national level by a small number of influential actors. Taken all together, they represent an important new strategy on the part of the Christian Right in its long-running aim to "take back America."--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781610390507
1610390504
9781586488437
1586488430
Branch Call Number: 379.2809 STEWART
Characteristics: viii, 291 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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Dec 06, 2015

“As the Religious Right Forces the Gospel Into Public Schools, Some Parents Are Opting to Homeschool – After their kids experienced “religious bullying,” these parents felt they had no choice but to take their kids out of public school.”
by Katherine Stewart, posted May 3, 2016, at The Nation
https://www.thenation.com/article/as-the-religious-right-forces-its-gospel-into-public-schools-some-secular-parents-are-opting-to-homeschool/
and,
“How Christian fundamentalists plan to teach genocide to schoolchildren – Good News Clubs' evangelism in schools is already subverting church-state separation. Now they justify murdering nonbelievers”
by Katherine Stewart, posted to The Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/may/30/christian-fundamentalists-plan-teach-genocide
and, also see:
Jesus Camp – America is Being Born Again
DVD 2006 . . .
and . . . .
“Christian Youth Ministry uses Hitler quote to promote child indoctrination”
See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2014/06/christian-youth-ministry-uses-hitler-quote-to-promote-child-indoctrination/#sthash.NMRy4JPA.dpuf . .
and . . .
“Evangelical Christians and the Indoctrination of Children”
Published June 4, 2011, by godumentary
http://godumentary.com/2011/06/04/evangelical-christians-and-the-indoctrination-of-children/#sthash.wjedG43U.dpuf . . .
and . . .
“Study: Religious children are less able to distinguish fantasy from reality”
from: Echo Chambers, Blogging global opinion, BBC News, Washington DC, July 29, 2014
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-28537149 . . .
and . .
“Childhood Indoctrination: Religion’s Greatest Weapon”
by Hemant Mehta, posted May 15, 2015 Friendly Atheist blog at
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/05/15/childhood-indoctrination-religions-greatest-weapon/
and, recommended:
"Living in the Shadow of the Cross : Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony"
by Paul Kivel, New Society Publishers, 2013, ISBN: 9780865717428, 0865717427

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