Update On The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault
on America’s Children
Room, Irvine Ranch Water District1
15500 Sand Canyon Ave. (at Waterworks),
Irvine, CA 92618
January, 2009, Katherine Stewart learned that the Santa Barbara
public elementary school her children attended had added a Bible
study class called the “Good News Club” to its afterschool
program. Stewart’s curiosity turned to concern as she discovered
that the unstated purpose of the club, which is sponsored by the
Child Evangelism Fellowship, is to convey the impression to its young
members and their schoolmates that their school favors a particular
form of the Christian religion. She soon learned that the Good News
Club—a seemingly spontaneous and voluntary after-school program—was
in fact part of a larger, calculated initiative by national advocacy
groups whose declared aim is to “take back” America’s public
schools and repurpose them with a Fundamentalist Christian agenda.
What happened in Stewart’s
community is happening nationwide: at the end of 2010 there were more
than 3,500 Good News Clubs operating in public schools across the
country, and the number is rapidly increasing. What’s more, a
landmark 2001 Supreme Court ruling not only permits such an unusual
pairing of schooling and religion, it effectively makes it
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The Good News Club:
The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children,
Stewart sets out
on an investigative journey to uncover the effect the Good News Clubs
and similar initiatives have on our schools, children, and
communities. Everywhere, she discovers religion-driven programs
inserting themselves into public school systems with unprecedented
force and unexpected consequences.
Stewart has written
for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Nation, The Guardian, and
Religion Dispatches. She lives with her family in New York City.
join us for this interesting discussion. Our doors open at 1:15 for
socializing; seating will be on a first-come, first-seated basis.
Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing at the
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