This is why the fight to maintain the separation of church and state in the public schools is a never-ending battle. Now evangelical groups are just getting sneakier.
Rob Boston over Americans United for Separation of Church and State has compiled a short list of what are likely the most egregious offenders, groups that have secular-sounding names and description which offer "services" to school districts.
A couple of examples:
Team Impact, Headquarters: Coppell, TexasCheck that nearly 2 million dollar budget for Team Impact, and then please consider making your own tax-deductible donation to Americans United.
Description: Similar to the Power Team and the Strength Team, Team Impact uses muscle-bound performers to get the attention of young people. According to the group’s Web site, “[Y]our church has the ability to impact your schools with this powerful message. Very rarely do we not couple these effective school outreaches with our local church events.” The ministry claims to address 700,000 students every year.
Mission: “To spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The organization promotes and sponsors programs directed to the youth of America to encourage them to live and grow in life styles which are based on Biblical principles.”
Todd Becker Foundation, Headquarters: Kearney, Neb.
Budget: No information available
Description: This group was founded by the older brother of a Nebraska high school student who died in a drunk-driving accident in 2005. It purports to offer lectures on the dangers of drunk driving to schools, but critics say its real purpose is to evangelize public school students.
Mission: “The Foundation’s purpose is to motivate young individuals to discover their potentials and ultimately discover themselves through first discovering God’s plan for their life by placing their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.”