Reviews for The Good News Club

January 23, 2012  |  permalink

From the Boston Globe:

“Reporting from communities nationwide, Stewart chronicles just how divisive the infusion of religion - in the form of proselytizing Good News Clubs, school building rentals to church groups, and axe-grinding school textbook committees - can be. And although many of these activities are represented as emerging from grass-roots community demand, Stewart exposes a much more coordinated effort, much of it springing from national evangelical organizations and affiliated legal strategy networks.”

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
“The author is a great digger for facts and a respectful narrator as she brings to light a group’s efforts to bring fundamental Christianity to U.S. public schools….Stewart has dug deep, interviewing both proponents and detractors of religiously centered education, including school board members, superintendents, local club leaders, students and athletic directors who have “turned [sports programs] into religious recruiting,” according to Stewart….In sum, the book is an important work that reveals a movement little discussed in the mainstream media, one Stewart worries is poised to damage “a society as open and pluralistic as ours.”

From Shelf Awareness:

“Journalist and novelist Katherine Stewart has written a powerful exposé about the innocuously named Good News Club, a ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) that has nearly 3,500 branches in public K-6 schools around the country. In 2001, the Supreme Court, in Good News Club v. Milford Central School, ruled that an outside organization may proselytize after hours in public schools. In his dissenting opinion, Justice Souter wrote that “it is beyond question that Good News intends to use the public school premises… for an evangelical service of worship calling children to commit themselves in an act of Christian conversion.”

From DCB Reads:

“The reason the world perked up and paid attention to Sinclair’s The Jungle in 1906 is the same reason that the world should now, 105 years later, snap to attention and read Katherine Stewart’s latest nonfiction book, The Good News Club: it awakens us to something we may previously have known nothing about, but which is under our noses every day, is active in our communities nonstop, and is potentially damaging to us all, and well into the future, too, if gone unnoticed. Stewart’s findings can’t afford to be ignored, for the same simple fact that made Sinclair’s expose crucial: whether the book calls you to action or not, you are inarguably worse off not knowing what’s detailed within it.”

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 →


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