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Protect Children from the Good News Club

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This is our first capital campaign to protect children from the Good News Club. Click on the link above to support our 2017 goal of reaching out to three school systems this year.

Protect Children from the Good News Club
Require the Good News Club to inform parents that the purpose of their after-school program is to convert children to fundamentalist Christianity. Permission slips need to include that so parents can make informed decisions for their…
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PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM THE GOOD NEWS CLUB

Protect Our Children, based in Portland, Oregon, is a very important national organization working to protect our children across the country. I invite you to visit their website and make any contribution you can to protect children.

http://protectourchildren.care/

PROTECT OUR CHILDREN
FROM THE GOOD NEWS CLUB

Get the other side of the story about the growing movement to evangelize children in public elementary schools.

10 Questions for Parents Making This Important Decision

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5 THINGS
The Good News Club doesn’t want you to know

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SHAME AND FEAR
How the Good News Club plans to convert your child

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ONE PARENT’S STORY
When the Good News Club came to my daughter’s school

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SEE FOR YOURSELF
Examples from the Good News Club curriculum

WHAT IS THE GOOD NEWS CLUB?

The Good News Club is a nationwide evangelical religious program that uses public elementary schools to convert young children to fundamentalist Christianity.

Due to a 2001 Supreme Court decision, Good News Clubs are allowed to meet in public school facilities. They usually meet immediately after regular classes end in order to give young children the misleading but unavoidable impression that Club teachings are sponsored and approved by the school.

Good News Clubs falsely bill themselves as fun, non-denominational programs of songs, games and Bible stories.

Their flyers and permission slips do not mention the Club’s mission of converting children to their extreme version of Christian fundamentalism and using them to evangelize their public school classmates. Nor do Clubs disclose their focus on sin and punishment and use of shame and fear to convert children.

Good News Clubs appear to be hosted by local churches, but they are run by the Missouri-based Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF).

CEF provides the teaching materials that local churches are required to use and trains local Club teachers.

CEF operates thousands of Good News Clubs in U.S. public elementary schools and hopes to eventually establish Clubs in all 65,000 U.S. public elementary schools.Good News Clubs are widely criticized for

  • introducing religious proselytizing into public schools
  • concealing and misrepresenting their true mission on flyers and permission slips
  • a conversion process based on shame and fear that can harm vulnerable young children
  • trying to create the impression in children that their teachings and activities are sanctioned by the schools
  • using children to recruit their friends and classmates, resulting in religious bullying and conflict in school communities
  • working to undermine public education and dismantle the Constitutionally mandated separation of church and state.

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PARENTS

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CONCERNED CITIZENS

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REPORT A VIOLATION

After School Satan Club could be coming to your kid’s elementary school

This is the link to the full Washington Post article. My reply is below.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/an-after-school-satan-club-could-be-coming-to-your-kids-elementary-school/2016/07/30/63f485e6-5427-11e6-88eb-7dda4e2f2aec_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1

FFRF Maine, the official Maine chapter of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, promotes a parents right to know what the purpose of any after-school program is before parents give permission for their child to attend. Every leader of after programs I have spoken with agrees, but the Good News Club does not. Brad Walker, the director of the central Maine chapter of the Child Evangelism Fellowship, said, “Everything people want to know is readily available on our website” and “It’s not hidden. If the issue is transparency, it’s available and there for anyone to read.”

FFRF Maine wonders why the “readily available” purpose of the GNC, to convert your child to a fundamentalist Christianity that is posted on the CEF website, is not stated on the parent permission slips. The club is being deceptive when it represents itself as a “fun-filled hour and a half for children after school that includes: dynamic Bible lessons, creative learning activities and life changing scripture memory”.

FFRF Maine’s position is after-school programs in public schools have the responsibility to tell parents what the purpose of the program is so parents can make an informed decision for their child. Since the goal of the Good News Club is clearly to convert children into a religion with a strict fundamental interpretation of the Bible, the parent permission slips need to inform parents so they can decide if they want to send their child to a religious program for conversion or not. If the club’s purpose is “readily available,” what does the CEF have to hide?

I know the good people from the Satanic Temple. They will teach children to think for themselves and will be completely transparent and truthful about what the purpose of their after school program is on their parent permission slips. Only then can a parent make an informed decision for their child.

We stand together, opposed to religious groups using our public schools to recruit and indoctrinate children.

However, in our view, the most serious threat to children may be from Good News Clubs, which operate in thousands of public schools nationwide.

One of our primary goal is to raise awareness that Good News Clubs are operated by a national religious organization that uses public elementary schools to evangelize young children and convert them to an extreme version of fundamentalist Christianity. Since Clubs often misrepresent themselves as harmless, locally run Bible-story programs, we feel it is vital to provide more accurate information for parents, school officials, and concerned citizens.

FFRF Maine and Protect Maine Children help parents understand what the Good News Club actually teach and the potential harm to children who attend. We give school administrators information about their rights and responsibilities regarding these Clubs. And we provide concerned citizens with the tools they need to stand up against predatory proselytizing in our public schools.

FFRF Maine began in 2014. See our Home Page for more details.

We support freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and everyone’s right to worship as they please at home or at church. We also support the separation of church and state, and hold that public schools, which serve people of all beliefs in our pluralistic society, should be religiously neutral and free from evangelizing.

FFRF Maine is open to all people regardless of faith or beliefs, nationality, race, sexual orientation, marital status, age or ability. We invite you to join us.

WE’RE PARENTS & CONCERNED CITIZENS

We stand together, opposed to religious groups using our public schools to recruit and indoctrinate children.

There is more religion in public schools today than there has been in the past 100 years. Christian fundamentalists are “planting” churches in public schools, waging war on science education, and rewriting textbooks to conform to a Christian Nationalist agenda.

However, in our view, the most serious threat to children may be from Good News Clubs, which operate in thousands of public schools nationwide.

Our primary goal is to raise awareness that Good News Clubs are operated by a national religious organization that uses public elementary schools to evangelize young children and convert them to an extreme version of fundamentalist Christianity. Since Clubs often misrepresent themselves as harmless, locally run Bible-story programs, we feel it is vital to provide more accurate information for parents, school officials, and concerned citizens.

FFRF Maine and Protect Maine Children help parents understand what the Good News Club actually teach and the potential harm to children who attend. We give school administrators information about their rights and responsibilities regarding these Clubs. And we provide concerned citizens with the tools they need to stand up against predatory proselytizing in our public schools.

FFRF Maine began in 2014. See our Home Page for more details.

We support freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and everyone’s right to worship as they please at home or at church. We also support the separation of church and state, and hold that public schools, which serve people of all beliefs in our pluralistic society, should be religiously neutral and free from evangelizing.

Protect Oregon Children is open to all people regardless of faith or beliefs, nationality, race, sexual orientation, marital status, age or ability. We invite you to join us.