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

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

by Katherine Stewart


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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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610392198
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 07/18/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 510,798
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Katherine Stewart was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She started her career in journalism working for investigative reporter Wayne Barrett at the Village Voice, and contributed to Newsweek International, the New York Observer, and Rolling Stone, among others. She cowrote the book about the musical Rent and, after moving to Santa Barbara in 2005, published two novels about 21st-century parenting. She is the author of The Good News Club (PublicAffairs, 2012), an investigative book about public education and religious fundamentalism in America. Most recently she has written for the New York Times, the Nation, the Atlantic, and the Guardian.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

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 Public Education 245

Conclusion 257

Acknowledgements 261

Notes 265

Index 275

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