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

By Katherine Stewart

In 2009, the excellent news membership got here to the general public ordinary university the place journalist Katherine Stewart despatched her young children. The membership, that is subsidized by way of the kid Evangelism Fellowship, money owed itself as an after-school application of “Bible study.” yet Stewart quickly came across that the Club’s actual challenge is to transform childrens to fundamentalist Christianity and inspire them to proselytize to their “unchurched” friends, all of the whereas selling the traditional yet misunderstanding one of the childrens that its actions are recommended through the school.

Astonished to find that the U.S. preferrred court docket has deemed this—and other kinds of non secular task in public schools—legal, Stewart trigger on an investigative trip to dozens of towns and cities around the kingdom to record the impression. during this ebook she demonstrates that there's extra faith in America’s public faculties at the present time than there was for the previous a hundred years. The move riding this time table is stealthy. it truly is competitive. It has our kids in its points of interest. And its final goal is to ruin the process of public schooling as we all know it.

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Smooth fundamentalism, like fascism in previous occasions, he says, includes a robust feeling of persecution, generally by the hands of godless liberals or a spiritual “other”; the idea that one belongs to a natural race or nationwide staff that's chargeable for earlier greatness, suffers unjust oppression within the current, and is the rightful ruler of the area; the impulse to post unquestioningly to absolute authority; and the relentless force for energy and regulate. it truly is, he says, a type of supremacist move, with faith instead of race at its center. “It’s very frightening and it’s completely below the radar,” says Lang. “People don't know it’s happening. i feel there's this proposal that teams just like the CEF are form of impartial, that it’s now not very important, that if we will be able to get our youngsters to act correct, in the event that they are great and courteous, what's the sizeable deal? yet those that view excellent news golf equipment as benign are deluding themselves. ” Lang pauses to gather himself whereas he refreshes his cup of tea. He has devoted his existence to spreading the note of Jesus, he jogs my memory. For him, that notice is love. “Ask yourself,” he tells me as i am getting able to go away, “What does it suggest that the conservative church that’s becoming in the USA is an end-times church? What does it suggest that we're elevating a new release of kids to think that they're the final iteration? what will ensue if we stick with it telling them, ‘Don’t care in regards to the setting, and convey at the battle, simply because we’re going to be lifted out of right here, and you may ignore loving your acquaintances, simply because they’re simply going to get blown away’? ” MAILE AND DAVID pulled their son out of the college on the finish of the yr. “There have been extra the reason why we felt he could thrive in a unique institution environment,” Maile says carefully. “But the terror and the hostility that have been generated via the kid Evangelism Fellowship have been significant motivations for us. ” at the different aspect of the cultural divide, the conflict additionally claimed a casualty. Esme pulled her little ones out of faculty, too. On an internet site she wrote that she had left the college simply because she “found the persecution and intolerance of the presence of the membership too overwhelming. ” Esme’s departure made concerns worse. “When she left, her pals have been disillusioned, and there have been loads of very tough feelings,” says Jeanne. “I can say that the presence of the CEF in our college ripped it apart,” says one other dependable Heights dad or mum. in reality, the wear to the cloth of belief and admire upon which the neighborhood had previous prided itself was once great sufficient that it can be measured in funds now not donated and hours now not volunteered. within the aftermath of the clash, a couple of households have made up our minds to not donate funds to the PTA. “We ship our funds to americans United for the Separation of Church and State,” stories Rockne. “I don’t are looking to be as concerned with the neighborhood anymore,” Jeanne says. “With these humans from the kid Evangelism Fellowship placing round, i would like to take a step again. ahead of, I used to volunteer for the technological know-how reasonable, to paintings within the school rooms, et cetera.

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