The godless attacks on any Christian activity continue--and, of course, the schools make a nice target. The Global Dispatch reported today that East Point Academy, a charter school in South Carolina has cut ties with "Operation Christmas Child" after a liberal group, The American Humanist Association, complained that the annual project violates the Constitution.
Operation Christmas Child is a charity project that thousands of schools and churches across the country participate in. Individual fill "shoe" boxes (the boxes are uniform and are made for that purpose) with a variety of gifts--crayons, paper, candy, socks, toothbrushes, soap, small toys, and dozens of other items. Individuals volunteer to fill as many boxes as they wish. The boxes are then shipped by various organizations--prior to last year, the US military helped with the shipping--and are received by thousands of people in numerous countries. The children who receive the gift boxes often receive no other gifts at all. The operation is sponsored by the Samaritan's Purse, a non-denominational, international relief organization that helps meet people's needs in all sorts of situations such as war, natural disaster, famine and outbreaks of disease. After all, is that not what being a good Samaritan is all about--helping the unfortunate. Obviously the American Humanist Association knows neither the story of the good Samaritan or the basic Christian principles of helping one another. After all, how many starving children have they helped in the past year?
The non-grounds for their complaint was that "Operation Christmas Child" violates the Constitution.
“Because the purpose and effect of Operation Christmas Child is to induce impoverished children to convert to Christianity, the school’s promotion of this program violates the Constitution,” read the letter. “The boxes of toys are essentially a bribe, expressly used to pressure desperately poor children living in developing countries to convert to Christianity.”
The South Carolina schools was not the first to be targeted by the godless--and simply wrongheaded--organization. SkyView Academy in Colorado dropped out of the Operation Christmas Child earlier with the principle Mike Munier "admitting" that the school had made an error in participating.
In addition to the arrogance of the American Humanists, they are simply wrong. They claim the activity violates the "Establishment Clause" of the Constitution. The Constitution actually says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.... There is not a single word in our Constitution requiring the "separation" of church and state, and in fact that very concept was actually brought up in a letter by Thomas Jefferson whose point was that the government was not to establish a State religion as had been done in England. The founders wanted the government to stay out of the churches, but at no time did they expect the churches to turn a blind eye to government. In fact, they expected the very opposite.
The schools, in fear of a lawsuit, give up too easily. These atheist organizations threaten a suit, and Christians immediately back down. It's about time our schools stood up to them and demanded how an amendment which forbids CONGRESS from establishing a State religion or from prohibiting people from exercising the religion of their choice, can be violated just because a school participates in donating to a charitable cause. For that matter, only Congress--the central government--is forbidden from establishing a religion. If one wants to split hairs, the individual states could actually establish any religion they chose; the States can do just about anything they wish within the bounds of their own Constitutions. In any case, the participation in a charitable cause that will benefit thousands of children--who, by the way, have no obligation to adopt Christianity in return for receiving the give--by no means "establishes" a religion.
Those who actually stand up to these heathen organizations would probably win the case. After all, the atheists are often sound and fury with no substance if only those who know the truth would act with a little courage.
As for the principle in SkyView, it seems like it's about time he pulled out his copy of the Constitution and actually read it.