Newfoundland and Labrador schools will no longer be participating in Operation Christmas Child’s shoe box program because they think Samaritan’s Purse is a homophobic organization.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of the non-denominational Christian charity, Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, son of “America’s Pastor” Billy Graham. As far as Christian charities go, it’s as mainstream as it gets.
Schools and churches fill shoe boxes with hygiene items, school supplies, small toys and books.
These shoe boxes are then sent to children in need — in the developing world, in war-torn countries, and in places stricken by hunger, disease and famine.
The shoe boxes are given to children regardless of gender, race or religion.
But in spite of all that good work, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Division recently terminated their participation in Operation Christmas Child because Samaritan’s Purse is an avowed Christian organization.
It seems the SJW decision-makers at the NL English School District can’t put aside their own discomfort and bigotry about Evangelical Christians to ease the suffering of a poor child, if only just for a day.
District trustees voted at a public meeting on Nov. 25 to end any provincial school participation in the program after concerns were raised about the policies of Samaritan’s Purse.
“This organization is on record with its statement of beliefs that it requires its co-ordinating volunteers to sign statements of faith that are in direct conflict with our inclusive philosophy, particularly as it pertains to the LGBT community,” said director of education Tony Stack.
In a statement to CBC News, the organization said it asks volunteers to sign a “statement of faith,” confirming their beliefs are in line with the “infallible word of God.”
Among the beliefs in the statement are that “human sexuality is to be expressed only within the contexts of marriage,” and that real marriage is only between a “genetic male and genetic female.”
“We included these specifics in our statement of faith NOT because our views on these issues have changed, but simply because the world’s views has changed to the point where we felt the need to remind our volunteers,” a spokesperson for the organization wrote.
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