ACTIVISM ALERT: Panda Express Assisting Predatory Good News Clubs

On Friday, a Panda Express in Texas will be assisting a local Good News Club with their fundraising efforts. Despite Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) being a well-funded international organization, the CEF in Corsicana, TX is partnering with a Panda Express restaurant on Friday 5/18, pocketing 20% of the fast food chain’s sales for the day to help fund local Good News Clubs.

I’ll give Panda Express the benefit of the doubt in this case. Since GNCs have been successful in duping parents for years with false advertisements and misleading permission slips, I would imagine CEF partnered with the restaurant under false pretenses. Good News Clubs are advertised as classes where kids have fun learning Bible stories and playing games. In reality, they’re hunting grounds for fundamentalists who want to convert children to their literalist version of Christianity, through fear and intimidation and tales of burning in hell for eternity.

I reached out to Panda Express through their Facebook and Twitter accounts and have yet to hear back. I’ll update this article if they respond.

I’ve never eaten at a Panda Express, and after this, I’m sure I never will.

Are you in the Corsicana, TX area and willing to demonstrate outside the restaurant? I know it’s super short notice, but even a small protest outside would be awesome. Reach out to me if you’re willing!

UPDATE (5/18 10:00 AM ET): Panda Express responded to me via Twitter last night, asking me to DM them with more information. I did. That was over 12 hours ago. No response yet.

 


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8 thoughts on “ACTIVISM ALERT: Panda Express Assisting Predatory Good News Clubs

  1. This seems to be an anomaly. I can’t find anywhere PandaExpress advertised this event. Only posts from others on PE’s FB page. I wonder if it is fake. Then again, I think it would include some kind of coupon if it was. PE seems to be pretty proactive with their charity efforts, so I wouldn’t totally condemn them for this. But yes, you absolutely have a good reason to protest if this is indeed a real fundraising event for GNC.

    1. It allows me to operate my own small business, eat and hopefully progress into old(er) age. I live in small-town, lower Alabama and I know my place. Things won’t be changing here anytime soon even if I was the MLK of atheistdom.

  2. I grew up in Texas. Its a crap place to live if youre not Christian. georgia is something out of a nightmare. Moving away is all you can do, but eventually the furs gonna fly and it needs to.

  3. Restaurants around me do these one night fundraisers all the time – for youth sports, for the school PTA or band boosters, etc. It’s usually just one evening at one location for a few hours only.

    As much as I hate CEF, I don’t think this is worth a freak out. Just “if you’re in Corsicana, make sure to eat somewhere else Friday night.” I would hate to see other fundraisers for better causes get shut down because of this one.

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