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Kids, parents fight back after humanist group threatens another school over Christmas toy drive

Posted by on Nov. 22, 2013 at 7:09 AM
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When a national humanist organization threatened to sue SkyView Academy for collecting toys for needy children, students at the Colorado charter school decided to fight back.

Officials at SkyView Academy announced earlier this week that they were dropping its participation in Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. The project involves stuffing toys, candy and hygiene items to disadvantaged children around the world.

But the American Humanist Association said the school’s participation in the program violated the U.S. Constitution and sent a letter demanding they cease and desist.

Some critics have tried to compare the humanists to Ebenezer Scrooge – but that’s really unfair. Even Scrooge had a heart.

A small charter school in South Carolina received a similar letter last week and complied with the AHA’s demands.

Even though the project at SkyView was student-initiated and student-led, school officials determined they could not afford to pay for a court battle. The school’s board said they were disappointed by the humanists’ threats.

“We know this is a bullying tactic,” parent Kendal Unruh told me in a telephone interview. “We know that they target small schools that don’t have a budget to defend themselves. In lieu of a fist, they use a letter. We don’t have the money to invest in a long, costly legal battle.”

Unruh said it’s not coincidental that the South Carolina charter school received the exact same letter.

“Because they don’t like the message that we convey under our religious liberty, they have to shut us down and that is a tactic of bullying,” she said. “They don’t believe in equal access. They believe in shutting down anybody who doesn’t comply with their view of what society should be – and that is completely godless.”

And while the South Carolina school completely shut down their Operation Christmas Child project, the students at SkyView decided to defy the humanists.

On Wednesday afternoon, hundreds of students and parents and well-wishers staged a grassroots act of defiance. And while they meant to send a message to the humanists – it was really about making sure poor children had toys on Christmas day.

“The young people weren’t concerned about the politics of it,” Unruh told me. “They were asking, ‘what about the kids?’”

Instead of collecting the shoe boxes inside the school – the students just moved their entire operation outside – on a public sidewalk.

Volunteers loaded shoe boxes into trucks and vans, while students held a religious liberty rally – hoisting signs condemning the humanists.

“Humanists hate kids,” read one sign. Another declared, “You won’t steal Christmas from children.”

Unruh said yesterday’s rally was a great life lesson for the young students.

“You stand up to bullies,” she said. “You don’t stand down. You stand up for your belief system.”

Kimberly Saviano, a member of Humanists of Colorado, defended the national organization’s attack on the school.

“The school was promoting it and they were using school resources to get it together,” she told the newspaper. “By promoting it during school time, it gives the air of authority to it, as if the administration endorses the religion.”

But Unruh said Operation Christmas Child was student-organized and student-led – and based on what happened Wednesday – they aren’t going to be scared away by a bunch of non-believers.

“It’s the right thing to do,” she said. “It’s the merciful thing to do, the compassionate thing to do.”

Some critics have tried to compare the humanists to Ebenezer Scrooge – but that’s really unfair. Even Scrooge had a heart.

I’m not sure why the humanists want to take toys away from impoverished children. Maybe they suffered some sort of psychological crisis as young children. Maybe Santa gave them a pair of underwear instead of a Rock-Em, Sock-Em Robot.

In fairness, nobody likes getting Fruit of the Loom on Christmas Day.

But even worse than that, nobody likes a humanist who gets their underwear in a bunch over American school kids trying to make sure poor children have a merry Christmas.

In the words of the Grinch, “pucker up and kiss it,” humanists.

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candlegal
by Judy on Nov. 22, 2013 at 7:11 AM
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Awesome, way to go.

luckystars2012
by Silver Member on Nov. 22, 2013 at 7:14 AM
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Awesome!
Woodbabe
by Woodie on Nov. 22, 2013 at 7:15 AM
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In the words of the Grinch, “pucker up and kiss it,” humanists.

Cracked me up! LOL

romalove
by Roma on Nov. 22, 2013 at 7:16 AM
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How stupid.

Completely appalling stupid.

They do know that even if a public school is barred from contributing to a religious based charity that they can find a non-religious based charity and do the same charitable work, don't they?

If you are proscribed as a public school from organizing a charity drive for a religious based charity and you choose not to switch to something secular but instead to do nothing, the people who don't care about poor kids is you.

candlegal
by Judy on Nov. 22, 2013 at 7:18 AM
That cracked me up also

Quoting Woodbabe:

In the words of the Grinch, “pucker up and kiss it,” humanists.

Cracked me up! LOL

billsfan1104
by Jules on Nov. 22, 2013 at 7:28 AM
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Good for them.
I would say if the school fought this, they would of probably found out that they were not violating the law.
The school was not not establishing a religion. They were not preaching to the kids and they were not forcing the kids to listen to a religious voice.
This humanist group are a bunch of bullies.
candlegal
by Judy on Nov. 22, 2013 at 7:31 AM
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I agree, good for them.   Some of these groups have a history of going to these small school districts because they know they will give in and do what they want as they don't have the funds to fight it.  Some of the atheist groups have been doing the same thing.

Quoting billsfan1104:

Good for them.
I would say if the school fought this, they would of probably found out that they were not violating the law.
The school was not not establishing a religion. They were not preaching to the kids and they were not forcing the kids to listen to a religious voice.
This humanist group are a bunch of bullies.


pixie92
by Platinum Member on Nov. 22, 2013 at 7:37 AM
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I agree with you. yet we see in the artical they say fight for your beliefs. yet again its more about the belief in the schools then teaching kids to be charitable.


Quoting romalove:

How stupid.

Completely appalling stupid.

They do know that even if a public school is barred from contributing to a religious based charity that they can find a non-religious based charity and do the same charitable work, don't they?

If you are proscribed as a public school from organizing a charity drive for a religious based charity and you choose not to switch to something secular but instead to do nothing, the people who don't care about poor kids is you.


stringtheory
by Gold Member on Nov. 22, 2013 at 7:38 AM
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“Because they don’t like the message that we convey under our religious liberty, they have to shut us down and that is a tactic of bullying"
So they ARE about the Christian evangelism through this charity...
billsfan1104
by Jules on Nov. 22, 2013 at 7:38 AM
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And it's a shame. Even if they do something for a secular group it's still doing something for Christmas, a Christian holiday.
I just understand why they can't leave things alone and let people give out the kindness of their hearts.


Quoting candlegal:

I agree, good for them.   Some of these groups have a history of going to these small school districts because they know they will give in and do what they want as they don't have the funds to fight it.  Some of the atheist groups have been doing the same thing.

Quoting billsfan1104:

Good for them.

I would say if the school fought this, they would of probably found out that they were not violating the law.

The school was not not establishing a religion. They were not preaching to the kids and they were not forcing the kids to listen to a religious voice.

This humanist group are a bunch of bullies.


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