When parents requested that the Club delay the start of its meetings in order to allow nonparticipants to clear the area, the CEF again refused. As a rule, the Good News Club seeks to convey the impression to students that it is in some ...
Author: Katherine Stewart
Publisher: Hachette UK
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.
CEF has established 2,000 Good News Clubs in public schools and has won more than 50 lawsuits against public schools. “In asserting the Good News Clubs' right of access to public school facilities, CEF typically argues the clubs teach ...
Author: Dennis R. Dunklee
Publisher: Corwin Press
Minimize site-based risk while respecting the legal rights of students, staff, and parents! These recognized school law experts translate the intricacies of school law into proactive day-to-day leadership practice. This second edition contains programmatic guidance for other school district personnel, "management cues" and "risk management guidelines," a comprehensive index, and references to landmark court cases, coverage of the No Child Left Behind Act, and information on state-created danger and deliberate indifference. School administrators can quickly find guidance on issues such as: Staff selection and evaluation Student rights and discipline Special education and IDEA regulations Copyright law Search and seizure Sexual harassment and exploitation
Justice Scalia concurred,noting that there was no pressure here and so virtually no endorsement of religion and that the club should be allowed to give reasons for its good news without moving into being a religious group rather than ...
Author: Scott A. Merriman
Provides a collection of essays and alphabetical entries that cover the history of freedom of religion in the United States.
The events that led to a Satanic after- school program began in 2001, with the Supreme Court case Good News Club v. Milford Central School. The Good News Club is a ministry run by Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) founded in 1937.
Author: Joseph P. Laycock
Publisher: Oxford University Press
In 2013, when the state of Oklahoma erected a statue of the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the state capitol, a group calling themselves The Satanic Temple applied to erect a statue of Baphomet alongside the Judeo-Christian tablets. Since that time, The Satanic Temple has become a regular voice in national conversations about religious freedom, disestablishment, and government overreach. In addition to petitioning for Baphomet to appear alongside another monument of the Ten Commandments in Arkansas, the group has launched campaigns to include Satanic "nativity scenes" on government property in Florida, Michigan, and Indiana, offer Satanic prayers at a high school football game in Seattle, and create "After School Satan" programs in elementary schools that host Christian extracurricular programs. Since their 2012 founding, The Satanic Temple has established 19 chapters and now claims 100,000 supporters. Is this just a political group perpetuating a series of stunts? Or is it a sincere religious movement? Speak of the Devil is the first book-length study of The Satanic Temple. Joseph Laycock, a scholar of new religious movements, contends that the emergence of "political Satanism" marks a significant moment in American religious history that will have a lasting impact on how Americans frame debates about religious freedom. Though the group gained attention for its strategic deployment of outrage, it claims to have developed beyond politics into a genuine religious movement. Equal parts history and ethnography, Speak of the Devil is Laycock's attempt to take seriously The Satanic Temple's work to redefine religion, the nature of pluralism and religious tolerance, and what "religious freedom" means in America.
National activist organizations, in conjunction with local groups, could also spearhead a program to counter the Good News Club. One of two possible approaches could be taken toward this program. If the goal is to get the Good News Club ...
Author: Ryan T. Cragun
Publisher: Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
Do you want the greatest challenges of the day to be addressed with thoughtful, reality-based solutions rather than with cherry-picked quotations from scripture? Do you want to shrink religion—especially fundamentalist religion—to the point that it plays no noticeable role in American public life? Do you want right-wing religious leaders to be so unpopular that politicians avoid them rather than pander to them for endorsements? Drawing on the latest social-scientific research on religion to help interested nonbelievers—and even progressive believers—weaken the influence of fundamentalist religion in society at large, How to Defeat Religion in 10 Easy Steps illustrates specific, actionable steps we all can take to facilitate fundamentalist religion's decline. It covers topics as far ranging as education, welfare, sex, science, capitalism, and Christmas, and each of the 10 chapters focuses on a specific action that research has shown can weaken religion, detailing why and how, and concluding with specific recommendations for individuals, local groups, and national organizations.
Author: JOHN. NICHOLS WITTE (JOEL A.. GARNETT, RICHARD W.)Publish On: 2022
“The Good News Club seeks nothing more than to be treated neutrally and given access to speak about the same topics as are other groups. Because allowing the Club to speak on school grounds would ensure neutrality and not threaten it, ...
Author: JOHN. NICHOLS WITTE (JOEL A.. GARNETT, RICHARD W.)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Church and state
This accessible and authoritative introduction tells the American story of religious liberty from its colonial beginnings to the latest Supreme Court cases. The new 5th edition of this classic textbook provides a comprehensive interdisciplinary overview of the historical formation and judicial application of the First Amendment guarantees of no establishment and free exercise of religion. The authors offer a balanced and accessible analysis of all the SupremeCourt's cases from 1815-2021.
Good News Club v Milford Central School Good News Club presents another version of the Court's formal neutrality, again grounded in the notion that treating religion differently would be hostile to religion.136 Good News Club derives ...
Author: Paul Babie
Publisher: University of Adelaide Press
"The Australian Constitution contains no guarantee of freedom of religion or freedom of conscience. Indeed, it contains very few provisions dealing with rights — in essence, it is a Constitution that confines itself mainly to prescribing a framework for federal government, setting out the various powers of government and limiting them as between federal and state governments and the three branches of government without attempting to define the rights of citizens except in minor respects. […] Whether Australia should have a national bill of rights has been a controversial issue for quite some time. This is despite the fact that Australia has acceded to the ICCPR, as well as the First Optional Protocol to the ICCPR, thereby accepting an international obligation to bring Australian law into line with the ICCPR, an obligation that Australia has not discharged. Australia is the only country in the Western world without a national bill of rights.4 The chapters that follow in this book debate the situation in Australia and in various other Western jurisdictions.' From Foreword by The Hon Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE: Human Rights and Courts
In Good News Club v. Milford Central School (2001), the Court again upheld the equal access principle in the face of countervailing establishment concerns, now for the first time in a public grade school. Authorized by state statute, ...
Author: John Witte
Publisher: Oxford University Press
"This new edition of a classic textbook provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary overview of the history, theology, and law of American religious liberty. The authors offer a balanced and accessible analysis of First Amendment cases and controversies, and compare them to both the original teachings of the American founders and current international norms of religious liberty"--
refusal to recognize the Good News Club based on the religious nature of their practices was indistinguishable from the exclusions struck down in past cases, and held that the Milford school was engaging in viewpoint discrimination, ...
Author: Mark Strasser
In the context of education, Church and State issues are of growing importance and appear to be increasingly divisive. This volume critically examines the developing jurisprudence relating to religion in the schools beginning with Everson v. Board of Education, where the US Supreme Court discussed the wall of separation between Church and State. The study traces both how the Court's views have evolved during this period and how, through recharacterizations of past opinions and the facts underlying them, the Court has appeared to interpret Establishment Clause guarantees in light of the past jurisprudence when in reality that jurisprudence has been turned on its head. The Court not only offers an unstable jurisprudence that is more likely to promote than avoid the problems that the Establishment Clause was designed to prevent, but approaches Establishment Clause issues in a way that decreases the likelihood that an acceptable compromise on these important issues can be reached. The study focuses on the situation in the US but the important issue of religion, education and the state has great relevance in many jurisdictions.
In dozens of communities nationwide, Good News Clubs introduce children ages five to twelve to Christian values and doctrine through songs, games, and prayer. The clubs often meet in homes, but in Milford, New York, Stephen and Darleen ...
Author: Tony Mauro
Publisher: CQ Press
Category: Political Science
Acclaimed by researchers, students, and general readers, this informative, lively, and easy-to-use volume fills the public need for information about key recent and historical cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Now significantly updated, this new edition includes all the new major cases-over twenty five in total-handed down by the Court since the first edition was published in 2000. The new entries include many high-profile cases that have stirred public controversy, including: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000), granting the right to exclude homosexuals from leadership positions in the Boy Scouts; Bush v. Gore (2000), ceasing ballot recounts in the 2000 presidential election; PGA Tour v. Martin (2001), obliging the PGA to accommodate a disabled golfer; Lawrence v. Texas (2003), stating that a law criminalizing same-sex sodomy violates due process; Gratz/Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), stating that an affirmative action program to achieve diversity in universities may or may not violate the equal protection clause, depending on how it's implemented. In each of the over 100 cases summarized, author Tony Mauro succinctly describes the decision, provides background and facts of the case, the vote and highlights of the decision with verbatim excerpts, and, in conclusion, discusses the long-term impact of the decision on United States citizens and U.S. society. Topic search aids let readers easily trace the evolution and impact of rulings in particular issue areas. Added features also enhance the volume, including many new portraits, political cartoons, and drawings, a comprehensive bibliography and an easy-to-access case/subject index. A perfect starting point for research on Supreme Court decisions, this newly updated volume is an essential addition to every public, high school, and college library.