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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.

Are You Doing Your Part in the Baby War?

Religion Dispatches, July 17, 2013

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

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 New Anti-Science Assault on US Schools

The Guardian, February 12, 2012

In a disturbing trend, anti-evolution campaigners are combining with climate change deniers to undermine public education

Get the Church Out of America’s Kindergartens

Bloomberg, February 1, 2012

A radical religious ideology is rapidly gaining momentum in America’s public elementary schools.

Supreme Court Rules Religion is Special…This Time

Religion Dispatches, February 1, 2012

On the Hosannna-Tabor Decision

See You at the Pole: Church Youth Gatherings Raise Legal Questions

The Daily Beast, January 25, 2012

At public schools across the U.S., Christian youth groups gather to pray in a way that is legal but may test legal boundaries, reports Katherine Stewart from a school in Tennessee.

Rent-Free Religion in New York’s Public Schools

Religion Dispatches, December 5, 2011

Small victory in SCOTUS decision.

Separation of Church and School

The New York Times, June 11, 2011

Federal Court of Appeals Sees Reason.

Reading, Writing, and Original Sin

Santa Barbara Independent, May 9, 2009

An evangelical group sets its sights on Santa Barbara’s public elementary school kids.

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. Contact her. More →