Feb 03 2012

A Must Read Book: “The Good News Club”

For anyone who wants to read a book that really goes inside the movement to indoctrinate children through our public schools, I highly recommend the new book The Good News Club by Katherine Stewart. I received an advance copy of the book months ago to review, but, because of working on my own book, just didn’t have time to read it and write a review before it came out on January 24. But I’m reading it right now, and from what I’ve read so far, this is the best book I could imagine to explain to people just how the “The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children,” as the book’s subtitle describes it, is happening right under everybody’s noses.

The author, Katherine Stewart, embarked on her investigation of what’s going on in our public schools with the best possible motivation to expose the truth –  she became alarmed by what was happening in her own kids’ school. She then traveled the country interviewing both other parents like herself and experts on the stealth “Good News” movement, resulting in a book that is not only full of well documented facts, but tells the personal accounts of parents who, like herself, have seen first hand what these innocuous sounding “Bible study” groups are really all about and the tactics they’re using to lure and indoctrinate America’s children into the fundamentalist Christian mindset.

Like I said, I haven’t read the whole book yet, but what I did was to read the chapters about the things that I am very familiar with from my own work, such as the chapter on the National Council On Bible Curriculum In Public Schools and some of the stuff about Child Evangelism Fellowship. Because of my own prior knowledge of these subjects, I felt like the accuracy and thorough explanation I found in those sections was enough for me to write this preliminary review, and to call Ms. Stewart’s book a must read piece of investigative journalism.

I’ll be writing a full review as soon as I finish reading the entire thing, but I didn’t want to wait to tell people to READ THIS BOOK!


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  1. 1

    Halfway through it…excellent book!

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    My niece was completely suckered by the NCBCPS pitch for a Bible curriculum in public school. She’s a conservative Catholic mother who lives in Central California and votes Republican and anti-abortion. But she couldn’t answer me when I asked her if she wanted her local elementary school to be teaching her children that the Bible has exactly 66 books and that the Catholics surreptitiously added several more. The National Council On Bible Curriculum In Public Schools is a right-wing Protestant group and it stops just short of equating the Catholic Church with the whore of Babylon. My niece would not be pleased. She’s a bit more cynical and suspicious now. (One small step in the right direction.)

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    This is all very scary – just like Romney’s answer that he paid all the taxes he was legally required to – these Bible groups don’t worry themselves over what might be the right thing to do – only what they can get away with…

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    Atheists need local, grass-roots organizations to fight against this kind of insanity.

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    Andrew – I think we need a bigger boat…

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