This coming October Pittsburgh CFIers are in for a real treat: Katherine Stewart will be paying us a visit to talk about her investigative work into one of the stealthiest attempts yet on behalf of Rushdoony-style, fundie Christians to dismantle the wall separating Church and State and their use of a ruling from the US Supreme Court to actually do it!
Katherine published the findings of her three-year investigate journey in her latest book, The Good News Club, the Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children. Her discoveries tell a positively frightening story. Excerpted from her website:
“In 2009, the Good News Club came to the public elementary school where journalist Katherine Stewart sent her children. The Club, which is sponsored by the Child Evangelism Fellowship, bills itself as an after-school program of “Bible study.” But Stewart soon discovered that the Club’s real mission is to convert children to fundamentalist Christianity and encourage them to proselytize to their “unchurched” peers, all the while promoting the natural but false impression among the children that its activities are endorsed by the school.
Astonished to discover that the U.S. Supreme Court has deemed this—and other forms of religious activity in public schools—legal, Stewart set off on an investigative journey to dozens of cities and towns across the nation to document the impact. In this book she demonstrates that there is more religion in America’s public schools today than there has been for the past 100 years. The movement driving this agenda is stealthy. It is aggressive. It has our children in its sights. And its ultimate aim is to destroy the system of public education as we know it.”
Katherine is an excellent writer and has contributed numerous pieces for a variety of well-respected publications including the Richard Dawkins Foundation, The Guardian, AlterNet, Bloomberg, The Daily Beast and Religion Dispatches. A complete listing of her published articles can be found at her website’s articles page.
If you’re not familiar with Katherine’s investigative work or her latest publication I strongly encourage you to visit her website. I’m confident that after reading just a few of her pieces, you’ll be eager to learn a lot more of her insightful discoveries in the world of stealthy, fundie buffoonery.
Additionally, there’s a one hour and 45 minute You-Tube video of an exchange that was moderated by Mark Crispin Miller (News From Underground) at the McNally Jackson NYC library in February of this year that brought Katherine together with several of her peers to discuss the stealthy and despicable phenomenon of fundie infiltration into our public institutions of learning and civil governance. It’s an extraordinary exchange and well worth your viewing.