In 2012, journalist Katherine Stewart published The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children, describing the local controversy that erupted when Good News Club came to Seattle's Loyal Heights Elementary School and chronicling what she learned as an undercover reporter at CEF's triennial National Convention in 2010.Separately, Stewart has reported on complaints by parents of children of other faiths being warned, by their Good News Club classmates, that they may go to hell, A rival group opposing the Good News Club was formed and was called "The Better News Club".Example: To read "Paul stood before the court" could mean that Paul stood up first, then the court stood up.NEW LIFE Text would read "Paul stood in front of the court." The wording "A great storm came up" is never used. Other examples that make the NEW LIFE Text easy to read: To most unchurched people, the words "being saved" means from physical danger or death.At least as early as 1961, CEF's articles of incorporation recited that its purpose included "conducting Bible study and evangelistic meetings for children in public schools and elsewhere." A 1961 Daytona Beach Morning Journal article reported a Dade County, Florida state court ruling that held that an after-hours Good News Club in school buildings violated constitutional boundaries between church and state. It launched an "Adopt-A-School" program to recruit evangelical "church partners" to open clubs in public elementary schools and train their volunteers.That litigation culminated in the landmark 2001 Supreme Court decision of Good News Club v. Good News Club has been criticized for making inroads into public elementary schools that blur the distinction between church and state and for masking its goal of proselytizing children.
It’s critical that children understand that there are multiple perspectives on all issues, and that they have a choice in how they think...
Leading clergy from most denominations endorse and approve its use. Most Old Testament quotations in the New Testament are followed by the reference.
This unique translation is gender-correct (same as the King James Version). Short sentences are used with the subject usually preceding the predicate. Many paragraphs are preceded with captions which summarize the content. Most words are limited to one meaning - a must for new readers and people learning English as a second language!
Since its 2001 Supreme Court victory, CEF has filed and won dozens of lawsuits against school districts that resisted opening up its classrooms or communication channels (e.g., flyer distribution programs) to Good News Club.
During the Bush administration, the Justice Department worked closely with CEF on many of these cases, filing amicus briefs at both the trial and appellate levels.