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ERIC Number: EJ903538
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Stealth Evangelism and the Public Schools
Boston, Bob
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v76 n3 p40-43 Nov 2010
United Methodist minister David Jenkins was meeting with fellow clergy last year in the small Kansas community of Sharon Springs when one of the pastors made what sounded like a routine request. He noted that the Todd Becker Foundation was coming to town, and the evangelical Christian organization, which purports to warn youngsters about the dangers of drunk driving, wanted to line up local religious leaders to help with its presentation. What struck Jenkins as odd was the venue: The presentation was to take place at Wallace County High School. The Becker Foundation had duties in mind for the ministers. They would swing into action after students had been offered a chance to become "born again." Believing that the Becker Foundation's activities were legally dubious, Jenkins alerted Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU). Americans United's Legal Department investigated and took action, sending a letter to school officials warning them that allowing Becker Foundation representatives to proselytize students would violate church-state separation. AU's intervention in the issue is not new. Its attorneys have periodically done battle with fundamentalist-oriented ministries that have proven adept at slipping into public schools, where they preach to students or pressure them to attend a revival later that evening. The Becker Foundation's foray has had lasting effects on Jenkins. His run-in with the Becker Foundation has been a learning experience for him.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kansas