The 4- to 14-Year-Old Window: Turning Children Into Evangelists in Public Schools
Monday 13 February 2012
by: Katherine Stewart, Truthout | Book Excerpt
When an after-school “Bible study” program called the Good News Club showed up at the Santa Barbara public school where journalist Katherine Stewart sent her children, she decided to take a closer look at its sponsoring organization, the Child Evangelism Fellowship, and other groups like it. Stewart was surprised to learn that there is more religion in public education today than there has been in the past 100 years. Her book, “The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children” (PublicAffairs), explores the wide range of initiatives to infiltrate public education while simultaneously undermining support for it. In the following excerpt, she investigates the source of the religious right’s new focus on children and schools.