The East Point Academy in West Columbia, South Carolina, recently cancelled its participation in the annual Operation Christmas Child project - a program that collects and distributes toys and presents for underprivileged children. Their participation was halted because the American Humanist Association threatened to sue the school.
“We received a letter saying we had to cease and desist immediately or they would take legal action against us,” the principal told Todd Starnes of FOX News. The body of the letter includes the following: "This letter serves as notice to policy making school officials of the East Point Academy's unconstitutional conduct and as a demand that the school terminate all promotion, sponsorship, endorsement or affiliation with Operation Christmas Child immediately."
The principal, Renee Matthews, said “We have a very small budget and very small legal budget. We felt that we could not risk using our school funding for classrooms and teachers to fight a court case.”
Congratulations to the American Humanist Association. They won a victory. But what did they win? They can sit back and claim victory over a Christian program because needy and underprivileged children in Columbia will now go without Christmas presents. That's got to make you all warm and fuzzy inside, huh?
Myriam Webster defined humanism as: "a system of values and beliefs that is based on the idea that people are basically good and that problems can be solved using reason instead of religion." Wickipedia defines it as: a group of philosophies and ethical perspectives which emphasize the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers individual thought and evidence (rationalism, empiricism) over established doctrine or faith (fideism).
Can someone tell me what's ethical about denying a child a bit of happiness during the holidays just to make a point? And what values can you have if you make it your goal to prevent children who do without on a day to day basis from having a little joy in their lives, free of charge?
Participation in the Operation Christmas Child project was completely voluntary and therefore not a violation of anyone's rights. And while the American Humanist Association might object to the word "Christmas" because of it's historical Christian context, the word itself has become synonymous with the winter holidays including Santa Claus, snowmen and other non-religious items and persona. Anyone who denies that is viewing the world through hate-tinted glasses.
Hopefully those underprivileged kids in Columbia, South Carolina, will have some Marines around who can collect toys and gifts for them since the children of East Point Academy have had their program shut down by hate filled secularists. Or maybe the ethical "humanists" send a letter to the Marines as well since the Marines are a government entity as well. That would prove interesting, I'm sure.