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.
©2012 Katherine Stewart (P)2013 Dogma Debate, LLC
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"An important story"
Thoroughly researched, totally believable and frightening. Anyway this book is a very entertaining read. I strongly recommend you read it.
"Exposes the hidden agenda against education."
Yes, I am going to have to. The author presented so much information of which I was unaware that I am going to have to go back to re-engage with the details.
Taking Liberties, by Robert Boston
I knew of the Good News club and I'm also well aware of the Religious Right's desire to undermine and eventually end public education. I just never knew how deeply rooted and insidious their effort are.
Every person interested in helping to maintain Jefferson's "wall of separation" should read this book in detail. Our secular public education system is failing terribly and our children are not being properly educated and this book details a big part of why that is.
"Excellent writing - narrator problematic"
Excellent book. To the uninformed masses, the Good News Club, which inserts after-school evangelism in public schools, is a harmless expression of First Amendment Rights. Stewart, through her extensive research, shows that the GNC is, in fact, a Christian Nationalist organization that believes that most Christian adherents - Catholics, Presbyterians, and Methodists, to name a few, are going to Hell. GNC seeks to evangelize children ages 5- 14, even against their parents' own religons. Their deceptive practices are detailed in the book.
Ms. Feurring mis-pronounces numerous words, which is jarring! She mis-prounounced "Taoism" (Supreme Court Justice)"Scalia" and "ruse."
"Compelling text but bad narrator"
As a teacher, this book resonates very strongly with me about the subversive waysI have first-hand witnessed that Good News Clubs use to proselytize and manipulate children.
The narrator is barely audible often and many names that we all have heard numerous times (such as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia) are horribly mispronounced. Anyone with a more lively delivery and attention to pronunciation would have done better
"What happened to public schools?"
If you've wondered what has happened to public schooling in America, this book will explain step by infuriating step. We need to open more eyes if we want to save our schools.
"Important topic, good book, poor performance."
I found it difficult to hear and understand the reader while driving in the car. Audio quality is inconsistent.
The content was great which makes the purchase worth it for me.
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