© Intrinsic Dignity
Every year, thousands of public elementary
school children bring flyers and permission
slips home to their parents, seeking to take
part in an after-school “Good News Club”
inside one of over 4000 public elementary
schools in America.
The flyers promise an hour or more of fun
and Bible-centered character and moral
education. Because the club takes place on public
school grounds, parents assume their children will be safe and unharmed.
But the snacks, games, prizes, songs, and fun activities mask a dark message of
shame and fear indoctrination. The Good News Club curriculum is filled with over
5000 references to sin and thousands more to obedience, punishment, and Hell. It
stresses Old Testament narratives of a retributive God who must punish sin, warns
children that they will suffer an eternity in Hell if they refuse to believe, and stresses
complete obedience as the supreme value. Meanwhile, salutary themes such as the
“Golden Rule” are almost entirely absent from the curriculum.
As documented in this site’s sections on “Shame” and “Hell” and individual lesson
reviews, Good News Club tells children as young as preschoolers that they have
“dark” and “sinful” hearts, were born that way, and “deserve to die” and “go to Hell.”
The Club prominently advertises its meetings to public school children in colorful take-
home flyers, on posters hung in school hallways and on school bulletin boards, and on
signs placed on the school frontage sidewalk during club meetings. Students are
encouraged to wear “Good News Club” T-shirts during class and rewarded with
candies and other prizes for bringing classmates to the Club. The Club delivers its
dark gospel message, immediately after the closing bell, to young 4-12 year-old
children in public school classrooms, cafeterias, gymnasiums, and libraries.
The Good News Club’s dark gospel, reinforced often enough, robs children of the
innocence and enjoyment of childhood, replacing them with a negative self image,
preoccupation with sin, fear of Hell, and aversion to critical thinking.
Click on the thumbnails to the right to read various modern authors’ remarkably
consistent recollections about what they learned at Good News Clubs growing up.
Children should not be ashamed of themselves, intimidated from critical thinking, or
inculcated with divisive stereotypes. Encourage public school districts to update their
facility use policies to protect children from psychological and emotional maltreatment
Click thumbnails below
to read other authors’
accounts of the
Good News Club