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.
I like how the Humanists are the bad ones here. Just read this gem of a quote:
So, thanks to a bunch of godless, heartless “humanist” bullies, dozens of poor children will wake up on Christmas morning without a single toy.
Really? Because I’m pretty sure not every child in the world celebrates Christmas, and wouldn’t know any better if it weren’t for these people pushing consumerism mixed with misguided religion onto them. Because I’m pretty sure those parents could still donate their boxes to that particular charity— they even have an online form to “build” your own box. You don’t need the school to do it. Also, the school could also use other organizations that do the same thing that don’t preach to the children when they receive the box. Yes, there aren’t any religious materials when the people make them, but that is changed later when the organization gives them to children.
Yeah, we certainly are bullies for not pushing religion down kids throats, and not wanting to use small children who don’t even understand the whole thing in the first place, to support the group doing so. It’s a public school, people. If it were a private school, this whole thing would be different. It wouldn’t be paid through our tax dollars. We wouldn’t have a right to be upset. If you can’t keep taxes out of religion, then get rid of taxes and let us all fend for ourselves. That would be a great sight— except not. We seem to forget what “separation of church and state” means.
Can we also talk about how a shoe box full of nice things— while a nice, short term and warm-and-tingly feeling for the kids— is not really solving anything? This whole thing is strictly to make them “feel” the love of Jesus and have them think that if they love god will make them feel like this all of the time, allow them to get good things like this, and give them hope without change. Sure, they’ll get some candy, pjs that’ll last a bit, and dolls and other assorted toys that will either get stolen, worn, or outgrown, but what about their future? What about their kids? As I said before, there are plenty of secular alternatives. Sure, it’s not a cute little box of toys, but is that really how we should show our care for the kids who struggle for food every day?
Nice try though, Fox, for leaving out some of the logic. That is your specialty, though, isn’t it? I wish people would take their own advice sometimes if they think it’s so good. Y’know, if you don’t like the way it’s ran, you can leave. Luckily for them, I believe in democracy, and they’re actually allowed to have their own opinions without needing to leave the country.
Links to the alternatives roughly aforementioned:
http://www.heifer.org/gift-catalog/index.html#panel (some of the ones here are not a particular favorite of mine, but there are plenty of awesome things here)