May 13, 2015

Columbia AU recently hosted Robert Aughenbaugh and Kaye Schmitt of Protect Portland Children and Bruce Adams of Americans United discussing proselytizing in public schools and what you can do about it.Protect Portland Children writes: "One way Evangelicals try to blur the line between church and school is “planting” churches, a national movement to install a church in the auditorium of every public school each Sunday. The church is subsidized by taxpayers and tries to become a part of the fabric of the school, the better to recruit students and their families. This church-planting movement is starting to take hold in Oregon.  "Another local example is Jesus Pizza, where evangelicals try to lure students to proselytizing sessions on school property by offering free pizza at lunch.  In addition, after-school Good News Clubs and released-time programs like PREP4Kids use elementary schools to recruit and indoctrinate young children. And don't forget, Religious Right groups try to dominate school boards in order to promote anti-science and Christian Nationalist curricula. The goal of the Religious Right is to ultimately erase the line between church and school.  It's been done before.  We must work diligently to keep this line clear and bright and to keep religion out of our schools."The chapter is following up this event with a presentation by Katherine Stewart on June 9th.  Stewart is the author of "The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children."  It will take place Tuesday, June 9, at 7:00 PM, at Eliot Chapel, First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th. Ave. in Portland. The event is Free and Open to the public.