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Katherine Stewart


  • Located in New York, NY
  • Author of The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children (PublicAffairs)
  • She has written for the Guardian, the New York Times, the Atlantic, and Reuters.

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 written for Newsweek International, Marie Claire, The London Times, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. She has published two novels and was the coauthor of Rent by Jonathan Larsen, the book about the musical of the same name. She and her family recently moved from Santa Barbara, California, to New York City.

Check out her website at www.thegoodnewsclub.com.

Kathrine's topics include:

  • the the religious right’s special focus on education, youth, and children
  • the Christian legal advocacy groups leading the agenda of the religious right faith-based bullying
  • efforts to hamper anti-LGBT bullying
  • efforts to subvert the teaching of science and evolution
  • controversies over sex education
  • religion and student athletics
  • peer evangelism initiatives.

Kathrine's honorarium is very negotiable.

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