This week, Child Evangelism Fellowship — the very large parent organization of the Good News Club — posted an article on their website about the Satanic Temple’s After School Satan Clubs. It was a bit of an arrogant, braggadocious piece, claiming the Satanic Temple has failed to make a dent in the Good News Club’s effectiveness.
CEF claims “After School Satan Clubs are proving to be a flop. Parents simply won’t agree to send their children to a club whose mascot is known for pure evil. Not even one Good News Club has been shut down from their efforts. On the contrary, the publicity from their efforts has actually increased interest in the Good News Club. Since the beginning of advertisements for the After School Satan Clubs more schools have requested the Good News Club.”
What CEF failed to recognize is that the ST’s efforts have done a lot to raise awareness to the abusive practices of the Good News Club. Whether or not After School Satan Clubs are drawing dozens of kids is somewhat irrelevant. CEF is claiming that more schools have requested to open GNCs since ASSCs were announced, but they fail to share any data or even say that these new requests represent an uptick. For all we know, there could have been a decline in new requests based on historical data. All we’re being told is that they’ve received new requests. It’s a misdirect — in line with the normal modus operandi of the GNC — and a poor one at that.
Also in the article by CEF, a claim is made about the group’s transparency. I’ve written about their lack of transparency a lot in the past, and they’ve yet to make any changes to improve it. They claim “CEF curriculum is available to the public,” and that “teachers, principals, parents and guardians are more than welcome to attend a Good News Club and see first-hand what children are taught.” However, I’ve personally experienced quite the opposite. As far as their curriculum being available… well, that’s if you want to buy it. And it’s not cheap. CEF/GNC does not allow anyone who hasn’t been vetted and trained by the organization to view their curriculum. Not even parents in search of more information before sending their children.
After reading CEF’s article, I replied to them on Twitter, challenging them on their “open to the public” claim. I was immediately blocked. Although, the block might have been because of the tweet I sent them earlier.
Please show me where your curriculum is "open to the public" like you claim in your post. All I see are items for sale.
— Kevin Davis (@SecularVoices) January 9, 2017
So much for transparency. It’s much easier to block out the dissenters than answer to them. Welcome to fundamentalism.
As an aside, Young Skeptics curriculum is available to the public via our website. We don’t try to charge the public for it, and we’re not hiding anything.