(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.