School Stops Collecting For Kids In Need Due To Atheist Lawsuit Threat

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(Highlands Ranch, CO) A threatened lawsuit by an Atheist group has stopped a school in Colorado to stop collecting toys for children in other countries.

For years, SkyView Academy students filled boxes with toys to be distributed to poor children in the developing world by Samaritan’s Purse, a religious organization run by Franklin Graham.

An email to parents said the collection would stop rather than risk a lawsuit from the American Humanist Association.

“Our school has never endorsed any particular religious view,” the email stated. “This decision is based on the importance of protecting our school’s program, resources, and reputation, which would be at risk if we chose to engage in this national argument.”

The AHA contends the donated gifts are used to bribe children in underdeveloped countries to become Christian and therefore the school is promoting a religion.

Some parents have decided the continue the toy drive without school support.

The Alliance Defense Fund has said it will work with the school to put the drive back in place next year in a manner which cannot be challenged.


  • Kira

    “The Alliance Defense Fund has said it will work with the school to put the drive back in place next year in a manner which cannot be challenged.”

    Its simple, really. Have the students give without linking it to a religious “charity” that proselytizes. But of course that would never happen because there are always strings attached with religious “charity”.

  • Mark Moore

    Public schools can collect charity for children all they want but they can’t use it as an underhanded way to proselytize.

    If Christians are really interested in helping instead of pushing snake oil the field is wide open.

  • Daddy

    This country that you live was founded by Christians and with Christian beliefs. If you don’t like, then leave it. Quit spreading lies and hate.

    • freethought

      Read a book, Daddy, preferably not one recommended by your pastor, okay? This country was in no way based on the Christian faith. Jefferson said so. Adams said so. If you have a better source, please share it. Until then we will all consider you to be the one spreading lies and hate.

      This country was founded with protection of everyone’s beliefs and non-beliefs as well. Why do you think they left God out of the Constitution? It wasn’t by mistake, I can tell you that.

      • observer

        Oh Boy!! Limited thinking shills are pathetic yet comical at the same time. This small act of charity is not offensive. I wish I could say the same for some who do nothing more than make up hypothetical scenarios about what would Ahmed do? That’s fantasy and not worth wasting anyone’s time. This is reality. If someone finds something like this offensive then US currency should really make them upset. Or Arlington National Cemetery, or the morning prayer before Congress is convened. Or the thousand of items of Christian imagery in our government. Get over yourselves. I find the censorship of these traditionally American values are offensive. Leave them alone and go find other things to whine about…

      • observer

        If the establishment clause was seriously intended to mean that religious iconography couldn’t be displayed on government property, or a governmental body couldn’t begin with a prayer, then the founding fathers were nothing but massive, throbbing hypocrites, and we should be ashamed of them. These men prayed before every congress, the majority of them mention God at nearly every turn, they allowed religious symbols in and on government property.

  • Shelly

    It was silly for them to complain. A bible verse on a piece of paper doesn’t hurt anything. It can be thrown away. People complain saying that Christians don’t show enough love, but even when they do what they can, atheists want to put rules on it. Next, someone will sue because someone says, “bless you” after a sneeze,

    • Kira

      Would you feel the same if a school was encouraging students to collect donations for a group that would then include a pamphlet in each “gift box” telling children about and to follow Allah or Satan, or telling them “your parents are liars, there is no god”? Would you like it if your kid got such a box or was encouraged by her teacher to send one to others? If not, why do you think its ok to push your religiin on the children of others?

      • observer

        Are you an idiot? Why can’t you understand there is a difference between 1) freedom OF, and 2)freedom FROM!? People who are pushing for no mention of a word connected to religion, are, in essence, forcing their non-religion upon everyone else. You do not have the right to be free FROM religous words or items (buildings’ signs, music, displays, etc) any more than a Christian, Jew, Muslim etc. You only have the right to freedom OF your religion of choice, including athieism! Unless a governmental entity is demanding that you become a member of a specific church, or you will be fined, taxed, punished, ostracized, etc, you have no beef and just come off as a petulant loser with no life that does nothing but complain about things in a desperate attempt to get noticed.

    • freethought

      I would assume if you approve of the distribution of some “harmless” Bible verse then you would concede that atheist and agnostic material be accepted as well? Would you deny these packages to children in need if the really did allow for support of reason, logic, evidence and proof?

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