School cancels Christmas toy drive over anti-religious group’s lawsuit threat

A South Carolina elementary school cancelled its annual Christmas toy drive for disadvantaged children after a progressive organization threatened to sue.

The East Point Academy, a charter school in West Columbia, received a letter from the American Humanist Association, dedicated to removing all religious references from government. The group wrote, according to Fox News:

“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.”

According to Principal Renee Mathews, the academy is small and has limited funds, so it had no choice but to cancel a project it hosted for two years without incident.

The controversy centered on Operation Christmas Child’s association with the international Christian relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse, headed by evangelist Billy Graham’s son, Franklin.

Fox News reported:

Even though Operation Christmas Child is connected to an evangelical Christian ministry, Mathews said there were no religious materials included in the boxes. She also pointed out the project was voluntary, non-religious, and not tied to any graded assignments.

Nevertheless, the American Humanist Association decided to intervene on behalf of a perturbed parent.

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