South Carolina Elementary School Cuts Ties To Operation Christmas Child
WEST COLUMBIA S.Car. (CBS Charlotte) – An elementary school in South Carolina has cut ties with a Christmas themed charity event because of the threat of a lawsuit, according to conservative website The Blaze.
East Point Academy in West Columbia had been participating in Operation Christmas Child, described as an outreach to children around the world that is operated by Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical Christian organization connected to Franklin Graham.
A secular group sent a letter to school authorities warning that the school may be violating the Constitutional principle of separation of church and state.
The American Humanist Association’s Appginani Humanist Legal Center’s letter called Operation Christmas Child a thinly veiled attempt at promoting religion.
“The boxes of toys are essentially a bribe, expressly used to pressure desperately poor children living in developing countries to convert to Christianity,” reads the letter.
School officials sent letters to parents saying rather than spending money on expensive litigation they were opting out of the program.
Parents tell The Blaze they understand the decision, but are trying to figure out what to do with the boxes of goods they’ve already collected.