The American Humanist Association (AHA) is working overtime this year. Another school with an Operation Christmas Child project is threatened with a lawsuit if they don’t cease and desist. The school complies. But wait…
This project was initiated and led by students, NOT the school! And the students and parents are not happy about being shut down. They say it’s a “bullying tactic.” (I think they’re right!)
The best thing to do when being bullied is for individuals to operate as a united force and stand up against the bully. That’s what they decided to do.
Rather than give up, the parents and students move the project to the sidewalk… OFF of school property. There they can collect toys and toiletries for needy children without the school having to fear a lawsuit. (Nevermind that this school is in Colorado in the winter!)
The AHA website states this about Humanism:
“Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.”
How exactly is shutting down not one, but at least 2 (the other was in South Carolina last week) charitable projects that provide toys and hygiene products to needy children fulfilling that philosophy? Seems to me it’s doing the exact opposite.
By focusing on the “without theism” aspect and enforcing that on others, they are denying others the opportunity to spread a little kindness and “aspire to the greater good of humanity.” I guess the only “greater good” they want to inspire is the one they believe to be accurate. Otherwise, you’re going to get shutdown!
Will they be sending toys and hygiene items to the needy children they’ve just robbed of these gifts? It’s doubtful. I’ll be waiting to hear that story.
Photo Credit Flickr NockleBeast
via The Real Side Radio Show with Joe Messina 11/25/13