School forced to cancel annual Christmas toy drive after threatened with lawsuit

Christmas_ChildSecular progressives say there is no “War on Christmas,” but the report of a charter school in South Carolina being bullied into cancelling its Christmas toy drive suggests otherwise.

East Point Academy said their annual Operation Christmas Child project was halted when the American Humanist Association claimed it “violated the U.S. Constitution and accused [the school] of bribing children to convert to Christianity,” Fox News’ Todd Starnes reported.

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According to the organization’s website, the American Humanist Association seeks to “bring about a progressive society where being good without a god is an accepted way to live life.” Fox News host Bill O’Reilly identified the group as one of  “three primary culprits seeking to diminish Christmas” — the other two being the ACLU and the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

“We received a letter saying we had to cease and desist immediately or they would take legal action against us,” Principal Renee Mathews told Starnes.

According to the report, the letter read:

“This letter serves as notice to policymaking school officials of the East Point Academy’s unconstitutional conduct and as a demand that the school terminate all promotion, sponsorship, endorsement or affiliation with Operation Christmas Child immediately.”

Mathews said their school had no choice but to cancel the toy drive, due to a “very small budget.”

“We felt that we could not risk using our school funding for classrooms and teachers to fight a court case,” he said.

The toy drive is associated with Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization, but Mathews said the project was voluntary, non-religious, and not tied to any graded assignments, according to Starnes.

However, the letter sent to Mathews stated: “The boxes of toys are essentially a bribe, expressly used to pressure desperately poor children living in developing countries to convert to Christianity, and are delivered with prayers, sermons, evangelical tracts and pressure to convert.”

“So, thanks to a bunch of godless, heartless “humanist” bullies, dozens of poor children will wake up on Christmas morning without a single toy,” Starnes aptly concluded.

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  • EliseR

    The school could have easily given toys to a non-religious organization. My kid’s school does that every year (I coordinate the toy drive) and no one has ever complained. Samaritian’s Purse is an evangelical organization — go to their website. When you donate, you are urged to pray to Jesus for the children who get the toys, and the toys are delivered with evangelical messaging aimed at converting children to Christianity. Additionally, Franklin Graham, the head of Samaritan’s Purse actively promotes an anti-gay agenda.

    There is no reason school kids need to participate in supporting evangelism and someone else’s hateful political agenda in school. You can support whoever you want at home and in your church. There are plenty of non-religious organizations kids can support through their schools.

    • lovinspoonful

      Who did that help? No one. They couldn’t think of the children’s happiness first and foremost or their own selfish belief and their desire to show their power. What selfish people. Christmas is about giving and helping others. guess they forgot that part. What they should have kept in mind was the ultimate goal – making some needy children happy. Isn’t that more important than their own selfish desire?

      • SeRiOuSLy!!??

        liberals, humanist, atheist, etc, don’t see the hypocrisy of forcing what they believe down everybody’s throat because they feel others are possibly pushing theirs onto others.

        • rhodes autry

          Exactly! When a group who hates the God of love does this kind of thing, it is just a way to supplant The God with another god of their own choosing or making. So they stand proudly before the god of the humanists, having trumped the God of heaven in this effort.

    • Eric

      Regardless of which boards Elise R(Elise Stevens) posts on, she constantly posts hate. It must be miserable to be you.

      • EliseR

        You are confusing hate with tolerance. But that’s not surprising considering your sick obsessive stalking of women on online forums. Your posts are nothing but hateful harassment.

    • rhodes autry

      The greater question here is WHY does the American Humanist Association choose to spend its energy, time, money, resources whining about this INSTEAD of using those resources to protect and help those that are needy and afflicted. But NO they would rather file suit against Mother Teresa and Albert Schweitzer and stand proudly in the limelight of their folly and self aggrandizement. What a bunch of losers!

  • Lorraine Stuart

    I would tell them to pack sand and lawyer up. There are plenty of lawyers that would do it pro bono . If we don’t stand up this will continue.

  • rhodes autry

    May the consequences of those who oppress, deny and resist the truth, do not help others in need, fall on those responsible for these kinds of crimes against the oppressed, the needy, the afflicted, the defenseless, the alien, the stranger, the foreigner, the widow, the orphan, the fatherless. God is very clear about His feelings about this.