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San Francisco Atheists May Meeting

Katherine Stewart vs. the Good News Club
For our May meeting, we are excited to welcome Katherine Stewart, author of The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children, "a chilling exposé of the well-funded, highly coordinated effort by Christian Nationalists to use public schools to advance a fundamentalist agenda."

"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 Stewart has worked as a journalist for The Village Voice, Newsweek International, Rolling Stone, The New York Observer, and others. Most recently she has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, the Daily Beast, Bloomberg View, and Religion Dispatches. She lives with her family in New York City. (quotes from the book's website)

Books will be available for purchase and signing (cash/checks only, please).

Saturday May 25
Schroeder's Restaurant, 240 Front St., rear dining room
Meet at 4:30 to drink/eat/socialize, program at 5:00 pm
Near the Embarcadero MUNI/BART station

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  • Dan S.

    katherine Stewart's presentation was very informative and alarming! The Christian right is mounting a full scale assault to win the hearts and minds of our future generations. If we don't have a long term systematic approach backed by sufficient human and financial resources to counter it, our liberty can be set back decades or even centuries.

    May 26, 2013

  • Steve S.

    If you missed Katherine in SF, she will be in Monterey this Monday, 5:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula.

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Susan F.

    Informative talk about a disturbing threat to secular public education.

    May 26, 2013

  • Joseph

    Does anyone know the specific supreme court rulings (or simply the rationale) that deemed religous activity legal in public schools? thanks.

    May 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    oh, so sorry. my day ran into itself today and I lost track of time. hope everyone had a great time.

    May 25, 2013

  • Wendy

    I'm very interested in this issue. Any chance this presentation will be repeated at the Berkeley Library location?

    May 19, 2013

    • Susan F.

      The only other upcoming talks I know of are in Monterey on 5/27 and San Luis Obispo on 5/29.

      May 19, 2013

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