If you’re on Facebook and have any friends with kids, you are well aware that school is back in session for some and about to start for everyone else, because your news feed is full of “back to school” pictures. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. I actually enjoy watching everyone’s kids grow up in one-year increments of time-lapse photography.
But back to school means that Good News Clubs across the country are gearing up for a new crop of unchurched and unsaved souls to pounce on, courtesy of purposely ill-informed parents, thanks to the deceptive practices of this abhorrent organization. Today, while sifting through pictures of flame-engulfed #7 49ers jerseys and disgraced ex-Congressmen’s underwear on Twitter, I came across this, the absolute worst introduction of the Good News Club I’ve seen thus far:
— McKenney-Harrison (@DeKalbMCK) August 29, 2016
THAT’S a Good News Club information and permission slip for a public school?? Oh no no no…
First off, it attempts to convey that the Good News Club is a non-denominational group. While that may technically be true, that the GNC does not adhere to a specific denomination, the term non-denominational Christianity usually refers to a very general acceptance of Christian tenets. The dictionary definition of non-denominational is, “open or acceptable to people of any Christian denomination.” Yes, the GNC welcomes any denomination, but the teachings of the GNC are far from acceptable to most Christians. The Good News Club is very much a fundamentalist Christian group that teaches children that every word in the Bible is true and should be taken literally. That’s not the concept people think of when they hear “non-denominational.”
Second, and most importantly, where is the information about what kids will do in Good News Club meetings? Where does it say that children will be told they’re inherent sinners worthy of death and eternal separation from their loved ones? Where does it say that children will be told they are flawed and that they must accept GNC teachings as the only cure to what ails them? Where does it say that GNC “teachers” will attempt to persuade children to recite the Prayer of Salvation in a one-on-one meeting with a GNC volunteer in order to “save” them from the wrath of God? Where does it say that the reason the GNC has these meetings in schools instead of churches is because children are conditioned to trust people called “teachers” inside the walls of their school and not question what’s being taught?
It doesn’t, and that’s 100% on purpose. The Good News Club lacks transparency and has since its inception. The GNC routinely employs psychologically abusive tactics in order to convert children, have them evangelize to their friends, and grow the numbers for their local churches. This is a predatory organization that focuses in on children’s worst fears. That’s the truth, and that’s what parents need to know.
Stick that on your fucking permission slip someday and then we’ll see how popular you really are with parents and teachers.