Episode 219 – “The Good News Club”

“The Good News Club,” a presentation by Katherine Stewart which most secular people won’t think presents very good news at all.

On October 24th through 27th, 2013, the Center for Inquiry presented the CFI Summit, an international congress in the Pacific Northwest. This event explored such questions as: To what extent do skeptics and humanists have a common mission? Should examination of religious beliefs remain largely off limits for skeptics? Should secular humanists be as critical of fringe science claims, including alternative medicine, as they are of religious beliefs? And are there public policy issues on which skeptics and humanists can productively collaborate?

“The Good News Club” is a Christian program that injects religious proselytizing into public schools in the guise of facilitating ostensibly neutral student social clubs. Investigative journalist Stewart has exposed the program in an influential book.

Katherine Stewart is the author of The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children. She started her career in journalism at The Village Voice, freelanced for publications including The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Guardian, and published two novels.

She is introduced by Jim Underdown, executive director of the Center for Inquiry – Los Angeles.