Kansas School Stops Collecting Toys for Kids After Atheist Group's Legal Threats

Kansas School Stops Collecting Toys for Kids After Atheist Group's Legal Threats


A Kansas middle school ended its participation in a Christmas toy donation program after an anti-Christian, out-of-state group threatened it with a lawsuit.

The Christian Post reported the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), based in Madison, Wisconsin, sent a letter to Tony Helfrich, superintendent of the Pratt Unified School District 382, demanding it stop participating in a program managed by Samaritan’s Purse in which students collect toys, toiletries, and other items in shoe boxes to be donated to impoverished children.

Liberty Middle School must “cease participation in Operation Christmas Child or taking any other actions promoting Christianity like including religious references over morning announcements,” the FFRF letter demanded, which cited an anonymous “concerned staff member.”

The anti-Christian group claimed there are “multiple constitutional violations” occurring within the school district. The group cited an allegation that a staff member communicated “their personal religious beliefs” to a student in an email.

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