Atheist Group Threatens to Sue Public Schools Over Participation in Franklin Graham’s Operation Christmas Child

Volunteers work as boxes pile up for Operation Christmas Child in New York, Nov. 10, 2011.           (Photo: The Christian Post/Brendan Giusti)

By Katherine Weber, Christian Post Reporter
November 17, 2013|2:24 pm

A humanist organization is threatening lawsuits against two public schools for their participation in Operation Christmas Child, a project of evangelist Franklin Graham’s international Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse that seeks to deliver Christmas toys to needy children throughout the world. 

The American Humanist Association recently sent letters to two public elementary schools, one in South Carolina and one in Colorado, threatening legal action if they continue participating in Operation Christmas Child, which delivers thousands of shoe boxes stuffed with gifts to needy children throughout the world every year during the holidays. Along with containing small gifts, the shoe boxes also include a small note inviting recipients to join in Christianity. The American Humanist Organization argues that Operation Christmas Child’s commitment to “[sharing] the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ” means that public schools in the U.S. should not participate in the program.

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