Religious controversy in the Minneapolis schools. Sounds improbable, right?
Not so, according to MinnPost columnist Beth Hawkins. A 65-year old evangelical group called the Child Evangelism Fellowship wants to bring its "Good News Clubs" to city schools, and they've gone to court with the district to force them to include the club in school-supported after school activities at one Northside school.
The clubs’ purpose is undisputed: “As with all CEF ministries, the purpose of Good News Club is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living," (said CEF’s director for Minnesota, David Tunell).
District support includes permission to let club participants ride on the after-school "activites bus" and the provision of after-school snacks. After you read Hawkins' report, ponder this: should the district prohibit religoius evanglists from operating as part of an after-school program, or is that discriminating against a religious group?