Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Columbia Chapter


Katherine Stewart will be discussing a range of initiatives by the radical right, to infiltrate and undermine public education in America.

In 2009, journalist Katherine Stewart heard that something called the Good News Club was coming to her daughter’s public elementary school in Santa Barbara, California.

At first she thought its mission seemed benign, but once she began to look into the organization and how it operated, she felt compelled to dig further.

Her reporting led to the book The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children” in which she documents how a 2001 U.S. Supreme Court case changed the landscape for how religion operates in public schools throughout the country.

There are now about 4,000 Good News Clubs operating in the U.S., and Stewart argues that while they bill themselves as after-school bible study, their true mission is to convert children to fundamentalist Christianity by creating the false but unavoidable impression in young children that their school endorses a particular form of Christianity. The Club also weakens public education by turning kindergarten classrooms into needless religious battlegrounds.

Stewart shows that Good News Clubs are just one among a range of initiatives, by the radical right, to infiltrate and undermine public education in America.  They represent an attempt to destroy the constitutional principle of church-state separation that has very well served our public institutions -- as well as our religions -- since our nation's founding. 

Katherine will be selling and signing her books after her talk.

KATHERINE STEWART will be speaking in Portland

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 7 pm (Doors at 6:30)

Eliot Chapel, First Unitarian Church

1011 SW 12th Ave., Portland

This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Directions and Parking

The historic Eliot Chapel the First Unitarian Church is located at 1011 SW 12th Ave., in downtown Portland. It is on the corner of SW 12th and Salmon.  MAP

On-street parking is free starting at 7 pm. The parking lot directly across Salmon St. charges $3 for parking all evening.  Access for people with disabilities is via the door on the south side of the chapel. Our ushers near the front steps of the chapel and will be happy to help you.

To download a flier about this event, click here

This event is

Presented by Americans United for Separation of Church and State - Columbia Chapter

Sponsored by the Center for Inquiry - Portland

and Protect Portland Children


Related Information and links:

Good News Club Fast Facts. Protect Portland Children has compiled a great list of facts. Click here.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State recently named Katherine Stewart their “Person of the Year”

The National Education Association interviewed Katherine Stewart. When they asked “What’s the connection between Good News Clubs and the movements promoting vouchers and other so-called reforms?” She told them that it’s easy to draw a straight line between Good News Clubs and the political networks intent on dismantling public education.

OPB’s program “Controversy Surrounds Portland Arrival of Good News Club” discusses the Good News Club’s focus on Portland.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune said that Stewart’s book “…is an important work that reveals a movement little discussed in the mainstream media,” one, Stewart worries, is poised to damage "a society as open and pluralistic as ours."



Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) www.au.org
Americans United is a nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.

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last updated 4/25/2015