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East Point Academy near Columbia has been forced to cancel its Christmas toy drive after a threat of legal action. Because the project is connected with Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian based organization, the American Humanist Association threatened litiga East Point Academy near Columbia has been forced to cancel its Christmas toy drive after a threat of legal action. Because the project is connected with Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian based organization, the American Humanist Association threatened litiga
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East Point Academy near Columbia has been forced to cancel its Christmas toy drive after a threat of legal action.

Because the project is connected with Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian based organization, the American Humanist Association threatened litigation, according to WLTX-TV in Columbia.

East Point Academy has participated in Operation Christmas Child for the past three years.

It aims to send toys and other items to needy children overseas.

The group says because of its connection, the toy drive goes against the constitution which calls for the separation of church and state.

“There’s no religious literature tied with it,” explains Renee Matthews, Principal of East Point Academy. “There’s no speakers who come. There’s no religious affiliation at all.”

Because of the threat, the school dropped the program. Instead, they’re encouraging parents who have already packaged boxes to donate them to a charity of their choice.

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