South Carolina Elementary School Fundraisers Benefit Local Church’s Mission Work November 21, 2014

South Carolina Elementary School Fundraisers Benefit Local Church’s Mission Work

Oakbrook Elementary School in Summerville, South Carolina ran a teacher-led fundraiser recently with all proceeds supporting missions sponsored by the Old Fort Baptist Church:

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to the district yesterday:

The purpose of this letter is to advise you that such school-sponsored fundraising efforts — the proceeds of which go directly to an evangelical Christian Church — must immediately cease, and that our organization will pursue the matter through litigation in federal court if it does not.

None of this is to suggest that the School District should not be participating in charitable endeavors. To the contrary, the AHA strongly supports charity giving. Such good intentions, however, can be pursued in innumerable other ways that do not involve religion.

Another fundraiser being put on by the school involves a canned/boxed food drive. Those items will be donated to the church for its missions, too.

Some Christians will inevitably cry foul, but the moment a public school charity drive becomes a vehicle with which to spread the Gospel, it’s gone too far.

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