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Every Other Terrible Thing About Roy Moore

The New York Times, November 20, 2017

The Proselytizers and the Privatizers

The American Prospect, November 8, 2017

How religious sectarian school voucher extremists made useful idiots of the charter movement

Should Government Save Religion from Acts of God?

The American Prospect, October 9, 2017

The religious right wants to open up the spigots of government funding after natural disasters. But their ultimate goal is to secure more public funds for churches—even if it means undoing the First Amendment.

Megyn Kelly Isn’t a Crusading Journalist. She’s a Bullhorn for Bigots.

The Nation, June 16, 2017

Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex Jones is unconscionable—and true to form.

Betsy DeVos and God’s Plan for Schools

The New York Times, December 13, 2016

Eighty-One Percent of White Evangelicals Voted for Donald Trump. Why?

The Nation,  November 17, 2016

 The role abortion played in this election might be bigger than many think.

Donald Trump Has Unleashed a New Wave of Bullying in Schools

The Nation,  November 7, 2016

 Kids might not get the details of immigration policy, but they absolutely understand Trump’s message of rage and hate.

What Happens When LGBT People Are Priced Out of the Neighborhood?

Advocate, September 1, 2016

The LGBT men and women who helped establish the modern identities of cities like San Francisco and Philadelphia are getting pushed out.

These Mississippi Businesses Have a Message

Advocate, June 30, 2016

A welcoming campaign launched by local Mississippi business owners attempts to undo the harmful effects of a discriminatory and economy-killing law.

Why Mississippi’s New Anti-LGBT Law Is the Most Dangerous One To Be Passed Yet

The Nation, April 8, 2016

 The law doesn’t protect religious belief. It protects bigots who discriminate against LGBT people—and zealots who place their religion above the law.

Conservative Christians Are on a Mission in Public Schools

Slate, January 6, 2016

How anti-bullying, sex ed, and even science programs aim to convert students.

Ted Cruz and the Anti-Gay Pastor

The New York Times, November 16, 2015

At Catholic Hospitals, a ‘Right to Life’ but Not a Right to Death

The Nation, October 8, 2015

 Five states permit doctors to help terminally ill patients end their lives, but Catholic hospitals still refuse to let their patients “die with dignity.”

Evangelizing Boston

Boston Review, May 14, 2015

“Church planting” uses public schools to reduce rent and retake secular Boston

The Movement to Put a Church in Every School Is Growing

The Nation, January 14, 2015

How evangelicals are taking advantage of publicly funded spaces.

A Big Win for the Prayer Lobby

The New York Times, May 7, 2014

Government shutdown just the start for America’s Biblical revolutionaries

The Guardian, November 7, 2013

Texas evangelical leader David Barton threatened a Tea Party challenge to Senator John Cornyn – a truly apocalyptic scenario

A Catholic, a Baptist, and a Secular Humanist Walk Into a Soup Kitchen ...

The Atlantic, June 29, 2013

Why it’s important to examine the agendas and assumptions behind the idea that secularists aren’t committed to relief efforts.

The Rightwing Donors Who Fuel America’s Culture Wars

The Guardian, April 23, 2013

In general, US public opinion is trending liberal. Not that you’d know it from state legislatures bought by conservative dollars

Whither America’s religious right?

The Guardian, April 7, 2013

With gay marriage accepted even within the GOP, one battle in the ‘culture wars’ has been won. But new fronts are opening

What Seeking an Abortion Was Like Before Roe v. Wade

AlterNet, September 3, 2014

Nancy Howell Lee’s 1969 book, ‘The Search for an Abortionist,’ should be required reading amid the recent restrictions on reproductive freedoms.

The Boy Scouts of America’s exclusions: the gay and the godless

The Guardian, March 19, 2013

The BSA’s new members’ survey reveals that its bias lies as much in privileging religious conviction as in anti-gay sentiment

Do Evangelical Kids’ Clubs Deserve Freedom of Speech in Public Schools?

The Atlantic, March 12, 2012

The problem with “Good News Clubs” isn’t constitutionality. It’s deceptiveness.

Protesting Yoga in Schools, But Welcoming Bible Study

Religion Dispatches, February 18, 2013

In Encinitas, parents warn of encroaching “neopaganism”

The Demographic that Should Keep Rove Awake at Night

Religion Dispatches, November 26, 2012

Have the religiously unaffiliated triumphed as a force in American politics?

How US churches exploit tax exemption to promote faith-based politics

The Guardian, November 20, 2012

With the IRS turning a blind eye, the Christian right is getting its political advertising subsidised by American taxpayers

America’s theologians of climate science denial

The Guardian, November 4, 2012

The religious right in the US backs GOP climate change denial because science also supports evolution against creationism

How Christian fundamentalism feeds the toxic partisanship of US politics

The Guardian, October 24, 2012

When evangelicals attack ‘the gay agenda’ of an anti-bullying event in schools, something is sick in America’s religious culture

How evangelicals are making children their missionaries in public schools

The Guardian, September 25, 2012

Adults can’t proselytise in schools – but kids can. Hence a new scam by fundamentalists to circumvent church-state separation

How Obama’s healthcare reform boosted abstinence-only sex education

The Guardian, August 15, 2012

Congressional haggling over Obamacare meant conservatives won funding for faith-based sex education curriculums in schools

Loretta Preska’s judicial crusade to establish churches in schools

The Guardian, July 6, 2012

A judge’s decision forcing New York City to provide subsidised space for religious worship challenges the US constitution

US Catholic bishops’ abuse of ‘religious freedom’

The Guardian, June 26, 2012

The founding fathers saw the state as guarantor of freedom from persecution. Now, the Church is trying to cast it as persecutor

Australia’s blurred separation between church and state

The Guardian, April 29, 2012

Constitutional ambiguity has allowed religion an excessive influence in schools, and Australia is not alone in this respect

Debating the “Nones” Part 3

Religion Dispatches, December 3, 2012

On Thursday RD senior correspondent Elizabeth Drescher responded to Katherine Stewart’s Nov. 26 essay, The Demographic that Should Keep Rove Awake at Night. The following is Stewart’s response to Drescher.

How Christian fundamentalists plan to teach genocide to schoolchildren

The Guardian, May 30, 2012

Good News Clubs’ evangelism in schools is already subverting church-state separation. Now they justify murdering nonbelievers

Texas’s War on History

The Guardian, May 17, 2012

Christian-nationalist zealots are trying to rewrite US history, airbrush slavery and enshrine creationism in Texas schools

School Vouchers and the Religious Subversion of Church-State Separation

The Guardian, April 23, 2012

Under the pretext of parental ‘choice’, the right is using vouchers to establish religion in public education – with Romney’s blessing

Tennessee Skewers Teaching of Evolution in Schools — Is Your State Next?

AlterNet, April 14, 2012

Thanks to ALEC, the Volunteer State has adopted a law intended to undermine the teaching of evolution in public schools. Just don’t expect them to stop there.

What’s Behind the Anti-Anti-Bullying Backlash

The Guardian, April 3, 2012

Even as states and schools try to put in place anti-bullying policies, the Christian right is mobilising to undo them.

Tennessee Goes Monkey Again

Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, April 1, 2012

The Lord’s Army Comes to America’s Public Schools

Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, March 14, 2012

The New Legal Theory That Enables Homophobic Evangelising in US Schools

The Guardian, March 9, 2012

A campaign funded by the religious right has effectively rewritten the constitutional separation of church and state in education.

The Right-Wing Plot to Undermine Science in Public Schools

AlterNet, February 24, 2012

Leaked documents reveal a right-wing think-tank’s plans to undermine the teaching of climate science—and defund public education in the process.

The Book
The Good News Club, by Katherine Stewart

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

About the Author
author Katherine Stewart Katherine Stewart has written for The New York Times, the Atlantic, and the Guardian. She lives in New York City. More →