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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.
Kathryn Joyce, author of Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement
“In The Good News Club, Katherine Stewart unveils a world of stealth ideological warfare, where public schools undergo forced conversions into evangelical churches, other people’s children are missionaries’ most important ‘harvest field,’ and biblical literalism is served with free candy and pizza after school. With deep reporting and a keen sense of the larger picture, the stories in this book demonstrate how far-right activists have co-opted the principle of tolerance to advance an exclusionary agenda.”
Kirkus review in January 1 issue
“Solid reporting… [A}compelling investigative journalism about an undercovered phenomenon.”
Michelle Goldberg, author of Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism and The Means of Reproduction
“Even those well-versed in the religious right’s attempt to Christianize American institutions will likely be shocked by The Good News Club. Katherine Stewart’s book about the fundamentalist assault on public education is lucid, alarming, and very important.”
Sarah Posner, senior editor, Religion Dispatches
“Katherine Stewart’s riveting investigation takes us inside the world of the Child Evangelism Fellowship, a sprawling organization that aims not just to evangelize America’s schoolchildren, but with the help of lawyers and policymakers, to dismantle the separation of church and state. From the playground to the courtroom, Stewart exposes how, despite roiling communities and pitting neighbors against each other, their persistence has paid off, altering the relationship between public schools and religion.”
Jonathan Zimmerman, professor of education and history, New York University, and author of Whose America: Culture Wars in the Public Schools
“Do you think that our state-sponsored schools are free from religious indoctrination? If so, think again. As Katherine Stewart shows, evangelical organizations have cleverly insinuated themselves into the day-to-day operation of American public education. From history curricula to after-school clubs, our classrooms bear the mark of proselytizing by the so-called Christian Right. But this trend is under challenge from other Americans, including many devout Christians, who defend America’s noble but battered tradition of church-state separation. If you want to understand our impending culture war over faith and education, read this bracing little book. You might be shocked at what you find.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Stewart is a gracious narrator, respectful of the religious and nonreligious participants she came across during her quite vast research. In sum, the book is an important work that reveals a movement little discussed in the mainstream media, one Stewart worries is poised to damage "a society as open and pluralistic as ours.”
“The reason the world perked up and paid attention to Sinclair’s The Jungle in 1906 is the same reason that the world should now, 105 years later, snap to attention and read Katherine Stewart’s latest nonfiction book, The Good News Club: it awakens us to something we may previously have known nothing about, but which is under our noses every day, is active in our communities nonstop, and is potentially damaging to us all, and well into the future, too, if gone unnoticed. Stewart’s findings can’t afford to be ignored, for the same simple fact that made Sinclair’s expose crucial: whether the book calls you to action or not, you are inarguably worse off not knowing what’s detailed within it.”
The Friendly Atheist
“You need to read this book. Then you need to have all your friends read this book. Especially all your religious friends and all your religious and non-religious family and extended family members.”
“A must read piece of investigative journalism…read this book!”
"A controversial book...masterfully told. Stewart treats all sides fairly."
“A must read piece of investigative journalism…read this book!”
“Please read this book, talk about it, tweet about it, recommend it to friends, review it on Amazon…do everything possible to bring Katherine Stewart's shocking message to the attention of everyone in America."
1 The Good News Club Comes to Town 9
2 All Part of the Plan 37
3 A Wall of Separation 67
4 The Originalists' New Theory 81
5 Little Red Church-House 103
6 Thy Neighbor's Children: The 4/14 Window 127
7 Don't Know Much About History: The Texas Textbook Wars 149
8 Bible "Literacy" Wars 173
9 Packaging Proselytizing as Education 193
10 The Peer-to-Peer Evangelism Loophole 215
11 Enlisting in the Army: How to Join the Good News Club 227
12 If You Can't Own It, Break It The Plan to Undermine Publlic Education 245
Posted August 4, 2012
Excellent! The author goes more or less under cover into the disturbing world of child evangelising. As a theocracy-phobic, I thought I was aware of what these people were up to. I had no idea that they were 'harvesting' pre-pubescent children from our public schools and enlisting them in 'God's army' as little junior prostrlyyizers. I logged onto most of the websites from her bibliography. We have much to fear.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 24, 2012
A well-written, well-researched book, often drawing upon first-hand information, about an organized, widespread movement that flies pretty much under the radar. Anyone who believes in America's founding principles, particularly freedom of religion, should be aware of the unfolding story that Ms. Stewart tells very well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 16, 2012
This is a great book, the author talks about religion in public schools, giving a brief history and tons of details and statistics. It is well written and wash to read. The author shares information gained through research, interviews and personal experience. If you are interested in the effects of religion in public schools, this is a must read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 29, 2012
As a secular parent whose own public school in which my children attend has been invaded by the good news club, i find this book very topical and informative - and eye opening. Now that i know the true intentions of the club i plan to fight them every step of the way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.