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November 04, 2008
Those Loathsome Christian Gift Boxes
What could be worse than including a Gospel booklet in gift packages for needy children? Nothing — at least to some parents of Stratton Elementary School children in Colorado Springs.
The fourth graders at Stratton Elementary wanted to participate in a holiday class project that would help children less fortunate than themselves. They joined in a project that does just that — filling shoeboxes with personal items, toys, school supplies, etc., and then shipping them all over the world to needy children in time for Christmas. The project was suddenly canceled, however, when a parent discovered that it was part of Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child. The outrage stemmed from the fact that Samaritan's Purse is an evangelical Christian organization, and each gift box would include a Gospel booklet translated into the language of the child recipient.
How dare some Christian parent of one of the fourth graders suggest such a project? After all, this is an American public school, and American public schools do not support religion!
A better question to ask, though, is how dare a self-righteous parent of another fourth grader demand that the fourth graders abandon en masse their compassion for these needy children in favor of those who could be helped by a secular charitable organization. Why not go through A.C.O.R.N. in downtown Chicago? What might they be doing to help needy children at Christmas time? What's so wrong with helping needy children through a Christian organization solely because it's Christian?
When hurricanes hit coastal United States cities with a vengeance and wiped out houses, schools, churches, and nearly everything else, no one complained when Christians came to the rescue of those in need. As a matter of fact, they were allowed to use public facilities or whatever buildings were left standing to distribute food, medicine, water — and even Christian literature!
But Colorado school children must not be allowed to involve themselves in helping the needy in a non-emergency situation because it's a violation of separation of church and state. One Stratton Elementary parent said, "The Colorado Constitution is pretty clear that religion is to be kept out of public schools."
The truth is that every public school in America reeks of religion, but it's just not the Christian religion. Schools are steeped in the religion of Secular Humanism (although the name keeps changing).
Right here in Colorado Springs on April 23, 2008, a debate was held between Michael Newdow and Chris Leland. The debate was sponsored by Focus on the Family, the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs, and the American Humanist Association. It took place on the campus of Focus on the Family.
Newdow argued for the removal of "one nation under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance and "In God We Trust" as the official motto of the United States. He was introduced as the Rev. Dr. Michael Newdow, "the minister of the First Atheist Church of True Science." Handouts stated that the Reverend "is working to grow that atheistic religious organization."
Is Secular Humanism nonreligious?
Anyone in doubt about Secular Humanism's religious status can call the Internal Revenue Service at 877.829.5500 and ask about the tax status of the American Humanist Association. Callers will quickly learn that it is listed as a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization and is "classified as a church."
Charles Francis Potter in his book Humanism: A New Religion reveals the truth of the matter: "Education is the most powerful ally of Humanism, and every American public school is a school of Humanism. What can the theistic Sunday Schools, meeting for an hour once a week, and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?"
Still not convinced that Secular Humanism is a religion?
Jewish scholar Irving Kristol has no doubts about it: "Because secular humanism has, from the very beginning, incorporated the modern scientific view of the universe, it has always felt itself — and today still feels itself — 'liberated' from any kind of religious perspective. But secular humanism is more than science, because it proceeds to make all kinds of inferences about the human condition and human possibilities that are not, in any authentic sense, scientific. Those inferences are metaphysical, and in the end theological."
Of course, Secular Humanism is a religion. Observant drivers may see proof of it displayed on the back of the car in front of them — a fish emblem inscribed with the name Darwin and two feet protruding from the fish's belly. That little fish is the symbol of the Secular Humanist religion — the very religion that makes sure no fourth grade public school student can dare join with a Christian organization to help needy children in faraway places with little shoeboxes filled with interesting gifts and a small Gospel booklet!
Arthur Brooks in Who Really Cares reveals that conservative Christians (such as Samaritan's Purse) are the largest charitable givers in the world. But I doubt that the fourth graders at Stratton Elementary School will find a Secular Humanist organization to carry their shoeboxes to needy children in faraway places. What a travesty! What hypocrisy! What a sad ending to such a worthy project!
President John Adams said, "The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity." Today's fourth graders are sadly not being taught this truth and its potential impact for good in their humanistic, religious curriculum.