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School cancels Christmas toy drive for needy children after atheist group threatens to sue

The letter called the school’s involvement in Operation Christmas Child “unconstitutional.”

 

This Humanist group has incorrectly stated: “The Constitution says there is a separation of church and state.”

It says no such thing. However it does state:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”

– This is prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

An elementary school in Cayce is canceling a Christmas toy drive after a threat of legal action.

East Point Academy is a publically-funded charter school under the South Carolina Public Charter School District. About 360 students attend.

For the past three years, the school has participated in “Operation Christmas Child.” Under the program, kids collect toys, pencils and other small items, pack them into shoe boxes, and donate to needy children.

That now has to stop after the school received a letter Monday from the American Humanist Association, a national nonprofit organization with over 20,000 members and 125,000 supporters across the country, according to the letter.

The mission of American Humanist Association’s legal center, according to the letter, is “to protect one of the most fundamental principles of (American) democracy: the Constitutional mandate requiring separation of church and state.”

The letter called the school’s involvement in Operation Christmas Child “unconstitutional.”

“The letter was very explicit that there would be litigation against us if we did not stop,” said school East Point Academy’s principal, Renee Mathews.

Mathews said that of the two full years the school has participated, before the practice was stopped with the letter, about 100 families participated each year.

The letter came as a shock to her and others at the school because she hasn’t had many issues from the local community.

“We have parents that ask questions, but in this case, it’s not really a parent. It’s an outside group,” she said.

The letter was sent on behalf of a parent at the school. It points to the fact that Operation Christmas Child is part of “Samaritan’s Purse,” an international Christian based organization led by Franklin Graham, son of Evangelist Billy Graham.

“There’s no religious literature tied with it,” Mathews said. “There’s no speakers who come. There’s no religious affiliation at all.”

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof – This is prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

Let’s be very clear about the law here: nothing that the school is doing is unconstitutional. The school principal even seems to understand this, but rather than take a stand and fight, she’s caving to the pressure.

Watch the news video here: http://poorrichardsnews.com/post/67096291319/school-cancels-christmas-toy-drive-for-needy-children

Article: http://www.wltx.com/news/article/255809/2/School-Cancels-Christmas-Toy-Drive-Under-Legal-Pressure?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Cbc%7Clarge

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One Comment on “School cancels Christmas toy drive for needy children after atheist group threatens to sue”

  1. Judy Kennedy November 16, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    I think it is really a shame that the school is being bullied into giving up the giving of shoe boxes to needy children in other countries. I say STAND UP TO THE BULLY!!!

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