The American Humanist Association is fighting the good fight by threatening legal action against schools participating in Operation Christmas Child, a program that donates gift boxes to children in third-world countries. Wait, that's the opposite of good.

Okay, so what's your beef, AHA?

"Because the purpose and effect of Operation Christmas Child is to induce impoverished children to convert to Christianity, the school's promotion of this program violates the Constitution"

Operation Christmas Child is a program that is run by Samaritan's Purse, a Christian charity. The program asks organizations to fill shoe boxes full of toys or school supplies or hygiene items. The charity then "works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ." So, the school is not asked to do anything remotely religious other than show simple human kindness. So maybe the AHA has an issue with the boxes being used to spread religious messages. Last year the boxes were delivered to countries like Ecuador, a country that is 80% Catholic.

So the AHA is threatening legal action against a school because the students are filling shoe boxes with gifts for a Christian charity to donate to poor children in predominantly Christian countries because it violates the Constitution. This violation of the Constitution is surely based off of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment which states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,". This is clearly what the drafters of the Constitution were talking about.

Obviously I have a different opinion than the AHA on this issue, and, as usual, the actions of this organization cast atheists in a bad light. If you don't want your children to participate in a program like Operation Christmas Child, then don't let them participate. Explain to them that because there are religious ties to this program, that you don't think those children in the other countries should get gift boxes this year. Or you could let charities that make life a little better for people in impoverished nations just do their thing and go on with your life.