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One parent described to Stewart how members of a newly-formed Good News Club in an elementary school in Seattle, Washington, "came in like a bunch of gangbusters. They distributed flyers. They were doing everything they could to have as big a presence on campus as possible.
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Stewart cites numerous examples of the impact of Good News Clubs in the public schools, instigating culture clashes between children with different faiths and from different ethnic backgrounds. In many cases, she writes, young children who cannot yet read are fooled into thinking the Bible sessions are official school activities. Overholtzer, a man who, according to the CEF website, "dreamed of an army of child evangelists encircling the globe. The website claims that Overholtzer's dream "has largely become reality.
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The vast majority of the or so attendees were affiliated with CEF, including senior officials, staff, regional leaders, and heads of CEF's youth, military and prison ministries. Stewart points out that, "We're going to kick in the doors of every public school in the country! Tabachnick, an independent researcher, writer and speaker on issues pertaining to the impact of the Religious Right on policy and politics in areas including education, economics, environment, and foreign policy, added, "CEF is a good example of how stealth evangelism" operates successfully in hundreds of communities across the country.
As anyone who witnessed the recent Focus on the Family-sponsored television commercial during a Denver Broncos football game -- which used young children to explain what the Bible verse John one of Bronco quarterback Tim Tebow's favorite Biblical verses is about -- understands that children are frequently used by conservative evangelical leaders as tools to spread the "Good News.
The most important issue before us, however, is not just a question of the rights and feelings of individuals.
The fact is that there is a movement in our midst that rejects the values of inclusivity and diversity, a movement that seeks to undermine the foundations of modern secular democracy. It has set its sights on destroying the system of public education - and it is succeeding. Unless we confront that fact directly, we may well keep our rights but lose the system of education that has long served as the silent pillar of our democracy.
Boston added: "In light of the Supreme Court ruling, parents need to be diligent. They should not assume that any group operating in a public school is secular. The hard-core proselytizers are out there, often finding homes in public schools. Bill Berkowitz is an independent researcher and writer who has been studying conservative organizations in the U. If you would like to contribute as a citizen journalist to The Huffington Post's coverage of American political life, please contact us at www. Do you have information you want to share with HuffPost?
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Part of HuffPost Politics. When she discovered that the U. Supreme Court has deemed these forms of religious activity in public schools legal, Stewart set off on an investigative journey to document their impact. She cowrote the book about the musical Rent and, after moving to Santa Barbara in , published two novels about 21st century parenting. She lives with her family in New York City. By Katherine Stewart.
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