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School cancels Operation Christmas Child over lawsuit threats
Foxnews.com ^ | November 15, 2013 | Todd Starnes

Posted on 11/15/2013 3:01:30 PM PST by ilovesarah2012

A South Carolina charter school has canceled its annual Christmas toy drive after a group of self-described humanists complained that the project violated the U.S. Constitution and accused them of bribing children to convert to Christianity.

Renee Mathews, the principal of East Point Academy in West Columbia, S.C., said the annual Operation Christmas Child project 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,” Mathews told me.

The small charter school had been participating in Operation Christmas Child for the past two years without any controversy.

"This letter serves as notice to policymaking 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,” read the letter from the American Humanist Association.

Mathews said their small school had no choice.

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1 posted on 11/15/2013 3:01:30 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Anyone who actually believes that this “violates” the U.S. Constitution is doing way too many recreational drugs and is clueless about what is in the Constitution. IMHO.


2 posted on 11/15/2013 3:03:44 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Repeal ObamaScam NOW!!!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

OCC is a great organization. I encourage everyone to send an extra shoebox of toys to OCC children in response to this humanist action.


3 posted on 11/15/2013 3:05:31 PM PST by MNDude
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To: ilovesarah2012

Mathews said their small school had no choice.


No choice, eh? If it were me I would be plastering that little notice over all of the local bulletin boards and using the school’s own lighted sign, (if they have one), to let everybody reading it about how these ‘Scrooge’s’ ruined a needy child’s Christmas.

It’s long past time for this stuff to be blasted publicly so that shame can be rained down on the perpetrator’s heads.


4 posted on 11/15/2013 3:06:15 PM PST by The Working Man
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I read this yesterday on TheBlaze. Vile.


5 posted on 11/15/2013 3:08:11 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: ilovesarah2012

The War On Christmas is starting early this year.


6 posted on 11/15/2013 3:08:39 PM PST by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: MNDude

I’d say hang these f*ckers.

But for once I’ll go with the islamics and suggest stoning.


7 posted on 11/15/2013 3:09:05 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: ilovesarah2012
It depends how the charter schools in South Carolina are funded, but I would have told them that attendance at a charter school is voluntary, and that religious liberty is protected in the Constitution. Some pro-Christian legal foundation would have helped.

At least, religious liberty used to be the case in South Carolina.

8 posted on 11/15/2013 3:09:12 PM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: darkangel82

We never should have allowed the communists and Nazis to take over the judicial branch. But hey! They’re everywhere now. They’ve even been allowed to grab the military from us. The churches sold us out five years ago. JMO.


9 posted on 11/15/2013 3:10:57 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Repeal ObamaScam NOW!!!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

They should go Caroling outside their home everyday at 4am!


10 posted on 11/15/2013 3:11:05 PM PST by Bulwinkle (Alec, a.k.a. Daffy Duck)
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11 posted on 11/15/2013 3:11:22 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Notify Marines for Toys; the kids will still have toy come Christmas morning.


12 posted on 11/15/2013 3:11:36 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Bulwinkle

That is a great idea!


13 posted on 11/15/2013 3:12:27 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

http://americanhumanist.org/AHA/Contact


14 posted on 11/15/2013 3:15:44 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012
unconstitutional ?!?!?!?!?

Congress shall make NO LAW respecting an establishment of religion, or PROHIBITING the free exercise thereof.

I guess that's too simple for a highly “evolved” satanist...oops ...humanist to understand. They think they are smarter than God. They might even think they are smarter than their High Priest Bill Maher.

The ACLJ could have these heathens for breakfast

15 posted on 11/15/2013 3:18:41 PM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: ilovesarah2012

They got a letter

big whoop


16 posted on 11/15/2013 3:18:51 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: ilovesarah2012
the American Humanist Association
17 posted on 11/15/2013 3:19:25 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Hardraade
*But for once I’ll go with the islamics and suggest stoning.*

I say, send these evangelical humanists to a solidly islamic country for a couple years. They will be very glad to come back to a Christian country.

After a foretaste of Hell like that, they may even become Christians!

18 posted on 11/15/2013 3:20:45 PM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: MNDude

greaat idea... I’m up to the challenge. Will write the school and tell them I will send several boxes IN THEIR HONOR!


19 posted on 11/15/2013 3:25:01 PM PST by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: ilovesarah2012

*“We received a letter saying we had to cease and desist immediately or they would take legal action against us,” *

Some day they will stand before a Judge.

They will not be speaking hate to Him then.

“at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord”
~Philippians chapter 2


20 posted on 11/15/2013 3:26:34 PM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: ilovesarah2012

There are going to a lot of chagrined people at the Last Judgement.


21 posted on 11/15/2013 3:30:07 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

BOR’s not coming to their rescue?

This is one thing he does well.


22 posted on 11/15/2013 3:30:14 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: MNDude

We’re doing the shoebox thing at our home. There are six people plus myself making them.


23 posted on 11/15/2013 3:31:03 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Banning the observation of Christmas is what this nation was founded on. At least for the cowd of cranks we remember on thanksgiving. Christmasmwas outlawed by the pilgrims who were shocked when such antics got them harrased in england.


24 posted on 11/15/2013 3:32:35 PM PST by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Freedom “of” religion not freedom “from” religion, FRF. I’d say screw ‘em and countersue them for a frivilous lawsuit and wasting my time. I’d get a firebreathing attorney with experience dealing with them who has plenty of political connections then sue them into bankruptcy.


25 posted on 11/15/2013 3:35:11 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: ilovesarah2012

It may not be very Christian of me, but...SHOOT THE B@$T@RD$!


26 posted on 11/15/2013 3:35:58 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: The Working Man

You know they have to be connected to FFRF; probably one of their hydra extnsions.


27 posted on 11/15/2013 3:36:44 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: ilovesarah2012

Well, you don’t want to mess with Humanists, they are such caring people. Perhaps they should be direct to the Youtube video of the Syrian freedom fighter who was beheaded by accident. Everyone knows that $hithappens.


28 posted on 11/15/2013 3:38:43 PM PST by centurion316
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To: ilovesarah2012

***Mathews said their small school had no choice.***

You most certainly had a choice, Renee. It’s just that you lack guts.


29 posted on 11/15/2013 3:44:58 PM PST by Paulie
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To: ilovesarah2012
miserable enema nozzles... feh
30 posted on 11/15/2013 3:45:26 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: ilovesarah2012

The school folded WAY TOO SOON! Good grief! The left has to prove that coercion exists. It cannot just be assumed.


31 posted on 11/15/2013 3:45:30 PM PST by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Parents?................parents..........PARENTS!!!!! rent a hall have a Christmas party with all the students and do what you had plans on doing , fthem!


32 posted on 11/15/2013 3:49:31 PM PST by ronnie raygun
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To: ilovesarah2012

Tyranny of the .00001%


33 posted on 11/15/2013 3:50:41 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ilovesarah2012; All

Since the Constitution, as the Founding States had intended for it to be understood, has not been taught for many generations, I’m not surprised that the community involved with “Operation Christmas Child” doesn’t know how to argue that their program is constitutional.


34 posted on 11/15/2013 3:51:47 PM PST by Amendment10
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To: ilovesarah2012

The American Humanist Association slogal: ‘Good (for nothing) without God’.


35 posted on 11/15/2013 3:54:47 PM PST by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: JimRed

That was my first thought.


36 posted on 11/15/2013 4:00:43 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Paulie

Yeah she cowed down way to easy, never gonna win a war that way.


37 posted on 11/15/2013 4:08:49 PM PST by Gasshog (0bama: 146 rounds of Golf and counting... FORE!!!!!WARD!!! -___O)
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To: SkyDancer

We’ve decided we are going to do this as a family.....


38 posted on 11/15/2013 4:09:00 PM PST by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: PATRIOT1876

Well, it’s entirely possible they won’t survive.

Which would probably be the best possible outcome.


39 posted on 11/15/2013 4:15:54 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: pollywog

We spend on average twenty dollars a box. We load it with school supplies plus some fun stuff.


40 posted on 11/15/2013 4:21:12 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

We cannot allow private charity. It might undermine the idea that all life depends on the government.


41 posted on 11/15/2013 4:27:58 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
. . . after a group of self-described humanists complained that the project violated the U.S. Constitution and accused them of bribing children to convert to Christianity.

What part of "Congress shall make no law" applies to the constitutionality of the actions of this school?

42 posted on 11/15/2013 4:29:21 PM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: SkyDancer

I’m excited. Our grandson did Operation Christmas Child at his school but we are going to do this as a family.
Need to go tomorrow and gather my items. Any suggestions. Did you use the plastic shoeboxes from .99 Store?


43 posted on 11/15/2013 4:29:28 PM PST by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: Amendment10

I messaged Jay Sekolow and told him about this story.


44 posted on 11/15/2013 4:30:13 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

communism masquerading as humanism.


45 posted on 11/15/2013 4:32:14 PM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: pollywog

We had shoe boxes we’ve saved. Nice one’s where the top just flips back. Bought all the stuff at WalMart. They had solar calculators for one dollar, pack of 20 pencils for a buck and a quarter. All the stuff was quite reasonable so we really loaded up. We filled the boxes as we shopped. Great family time.


46 posted on 11/15/2013 4:36:29 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Sekulow will likely get involved.

If not, the other options are:
1) Thomas More Law Center
2) Alliance Defending Freedom
3) Liberty Counsel

All of these fine groups are the antidote to the ACLU and others of their ilk. We can win this war but must stay vigilant.

47 posted on 11/15/2013 4:39:46 PM PST by libertymaker
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Sounds like Constitutional-grade harassment to me. Maybe TMLC will give the inhumanists something to think about.


48 posted on 11/15/2013 4:39:46 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: libertymaker

Bump.


49 posted on 11/15/2013 4:40:04 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

“self-described humanists” - GFY!


50 posted on 11/15/2013 4:52:57 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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