The American (In)Humanist Association threatens to sue schools for participating in the "operation Christmas Child" program:
Operation Christmas Child is a program that collects shoe boxes filled with treats, small toys, school supplies, and even articles of clothing to needy children in 3rd World countries.
Some charter Schools had been participating in this program for years, until one disgruntled Atheist parent got wind of it and complained to the AHA. His letter to the AHA contained this gem:
“The boxes of toys are essentially a bribe, expressly used to pressure desperately poor children living in developing countries to convert to Christianity, and are delivered with prayers, sermons, evangelical tracts and pressure to convert,” read a letter the AHA sent to Mathews.
"Pressure to convert?" Really? What does this guy think? Does he think the workers wave the shoebox in front of the kid and say:
"Sorry, kid, you have to recite the Sinner's Prayer before you get the surprise!"
Well pardon me, but I don't see any atheists collecting boxes of gifts to some of the worst places on earth, so that a desperately poor kid can have a few things. I do see a number of Atheists sitting on their ample bottoms, making sure that Christians have a more difficult time taking boxes of gifts to some of the worst places on earth, so that a desperately poor kid can have a few things.
The AHA sent a spokesperson to Fox News to explain their excuse for threatening the schools with lawsuits, which of course, was the usual distortion of the First Amendment of the Constitution.
The Fox anchorwoman asked the AHA spokesman if the AHA had an answer for all those kids who may not get gifts, now that some of the Operation Christmas Child participants were shut down. The AHA spokesperson replied that the AHA supports secular programs like Toys For Tots.
Last time I checked, Toys For Tots didn't deliver gifts in Brazilian ghettos or war-torn southern Africa.
But that's not AHA's problem, is it?