Atheist Activists Threaten to Sue Public Schools Over Participation in Samaritan’s Purse Toys to Needy Children International Project: Operation Christmas Child

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BY KATHERINE WEBER, CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER

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.

In its letter sent to East Point Academy in West Columbia, S.C., the humanist association accuses the school of “promoting student participation” in the Operation Christmas Child program by encouraging students to assemble shoeboxes and donate money. According to the humanist organization, East Point Academy has been involved with Operation Christmas Child since 2011.

“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. The school must immediately suspend its unconstitutional participation in Operation Christmas Child,” the letter states. FULL STORY

Scrooge Alert: ‘Why Believe in a God?’ Ad Campaign Launches

When saying ‘bah-humbug’ is not enough! American Humanist Association plays negative attention game with anti-Christmas message.

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SCROOGE ALERT LEVEL: HIGH

This from AP:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — You better watch out. There is a new combatant in the Christmas wars.

Ads proclaiming, “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake,” will appear on Washington, D.C., buses starting next week and running through December. The American Humanist Association unveiled the provocative $40,000 holiday ad campaign Tuesday.

In lifting lyrics from “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” the Washington-based group is wading into what has become a perennial debate over commercialism, religion in the public square and the meaning of Christmas.

“We are trying to reach our audience, and sometimes in order to reach an audience, everybody has to hear you,” said Fred Edwords, spokesman for the humanist group. “Our reason for doing it during the holidays is there are an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of non-theists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion.”

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“Rational thought”?? So as with almost all atheists, these elitist see religious people as irrational (or crazy as the case may be). If they were truly interested in just collecting like minded people together for Christmas, they would have titled their advertisement “So You Don’t Believe in God? Us Too” not “Why Believe in God?” – Jesus is Lord blog
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“It is the ultimate ‘grinch’ to suggest there is no God during a holiday where millions of people around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is insensitive and mean,” remarked Mathew D. Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, a conservative Christian legal group that has defended the rights of cities and schools to display nativity scenes and Christmas decorations.

“Christmas is a time of joy and hope, not a time for hate,” added Staver. “Why believe in God? – Because Santa is not the only one coming to town.” – The Christian Post
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But American Family Association President Tim Wildmon is calling the ad “stupid”: “How do we define ‘good’ if we don’t believe in God? God in his word, the Bible, tells us what’s good and bad and right and wrong. If we are each ourselves defining what’s good, it’s going to be a crazy world.” – WORLDmag.com
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Humanists’ ad ignites thoughts of God
…But Ray Comfort, founder of Living Waters Ministries and co host of The Way of the Master television show, says Christians can use the ad’s admonition to “be good” to explain how everyone falls short when compared with God’s perfect law.

“Good in [the Bible] means moral perfection in thought, word, and deed — and only God is good,” Comfort points out.

But everyone has their own idea of what good is, says the evangelist. “You ask anybody if they think they’re a good person and they’re going to come back and say — as the Bible says they will — ‘I’m a good person,'” Comfort comments.

“I guarantee you if we had Adolf Hitler on the phone and we [asked], “Adolf? Are you a good person?’ — he would say, ‘Yes. I cleaned up Germany, provided full employment, and got rid of riff raff.’ He’d think he’s a good person because he measured himself by his own standards.

“What we’ve got to do on Judgment Day is stand before the moral perfection of God’s Holy Law — and that’s why we each need a Savior,” he concludes.

According to Comfort, the ad campaign is backfiring for the humanist group because it is making more people think about God. – OneNewsNow.com
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Goodness has no meaning without religion
People mistakenly think (as these AHA ads assume) that goodness is pursued by frightened Christians seeking to pacify a capricious and angry God. But goodness is not pursued to earn God’s love. The pursuit of goodness is the appreciative response to the love of God who sent his son to die for sinners. In a healthy parent-child relationship, the child doesn’t do chores to win his parent’s love but in response to his parent’s love. – dailybreeze.com
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Their goal is ”to plant a seed of rational thought and critical thinking and questioning in people’s minds.” This assumes we haven’t done that already, of course. Countless Christians have been asking tough questions and thinking carefully for millennia. – Eternity Matters
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