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The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children Hardcover – January 24, 2012
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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.”
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"A controversial book...masterfully told. Stewart treats all sides fairly."
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From the beginning the reader gets acquainted with several Christian groups of an "alphabet soup" nature with questionable motives and alarming amounts of money. From the get-go there is a sense of something distinctly authoritarian about how these many groups operate.
The Good News Club, as one of these groups, "seeks to reach children who in many cases are not old enough to read," (p. 16) by using public schools as places to convince children to convert other children. This is often done with bribes such as candy and prizes! One reason for this is the so-called 4/14 window (children ages 4 to 14 are liable to convert and remain converted, according to these groups). However, a bigger reason is the need to "retake America," with an army of Christian believers. Unfortunately times are so bad that many people may believe this is a good idea.
"How's it going at that school you were telling me about? The one where the principal was...you know...uncooperative?' [the older man asked] 'We slaughtered 'em!' the younger man replies." (p. 39)
This exchange highlights the attitude taken by many of these Christian activists in the Good News Club. Public schooling, indeed the public at large, is an enemy, a war is being fought, and the prize is the hearts and minds of children.Read more ›
This is a well-organized text set up much like a thesis: key points summarized in an introduction, defined with quotable references in each chapter, an ending paragraph to wrap up her examples, and copious end notes. It is unfortunate that a book with so much careful consideration and heart has so many typos, though.
As the book starts, Stewart paints a very bleak picture of how pervasive Christian Nationalists, Dominionists, and Evangelical conservatives can be with their goals to develop their narrow-minded courses, events, and clubs on public property. Now I say "narrow-minded" because the goal is not just to present the Bible and Christian principles to young students, but to proselytize to them, convert them to a very strict, "Bible-believing" version of Christianity, promote student-to-student proselytizing in their stead, and demand that their way should be the only way to salvation. The students they're out to reach are not just in high school, though; the target demographic is students from four to fourteen (Google the "4/14 window").Read more ›
At its core the book is really a plea to all of us, conservative, liberal both to take notice of our extremely vulnerable and taken for granted public school system and ask the question: do we believe our country should even have public schools open to all, regardless of personal beliefs(after all, not all children are born in Born Again households). If the answer is hell yeah, it's America after all, land of the free, then you need to read this book. I would even take it a step further and say that it should be required reading for all those working in education, parents or grandparents, sons and daughters... which after all includes all of us.
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Journalists are supposed to show both sides of an issue. Stewart obviously had an agenda and pursued only information that would back her agenda. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nancy J. Kline
Katherine Stewart sounds an alarm to the assault on public education by the Christian conservative Right. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert L. Ellis
This is not a work of investigative journalism, but an activist-agenda piece. Author clearly seems to have an axe to grind against Christians which makes one wonder why she holds... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anonymous
I was really disappointed in how the book was written. I get the message, but it was not delivered well which took away from her argument.Published 11 months ago by nicole baker-carson
I had the opportunity to hear Katherine speak tonight at a large group of people concerned about the GNC's disastrous effect our public school system. Read morePublished 13 months ago by C. Hanks
Excellent investigative journalism but the message is very alarming.Published 15 months ago by John D.
The tricks of the religious right continue to amaze me. (I wrote my senior high school term paper on religious extremism in 1964. I earned the only A in the class. Read morePublished 16 months ago by A. Winner
Everyone should read this eye opener about the conviving and diabolical manners of the Evangelical Right Wing Christain sleazy use of government money dishonest bullying in our... Read morePublished 16 months ago by tbass