The targeted schools are in South Carolina and Colorado.
Because the schools are, and have been for several years, participating in Operation Christmas Child, which delivers millions of shoe boxes filled with personal gifts and toys to children in developing countries.
Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Franklin Graham's international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse.
Why are the atheists trying to steal Christmas from the poor?
For the same reason they are trying to force the cross formed from World Trade Centers molten steel from being on public display at Ground Zero.
Because Graham's organization includes a little note with the gifts to the impoverished children that says "Jesus loves you," the atheists are threatening to sue the schools that are reaching out to these kids with Christmas gifts.
Schools in both South Carolina and Colorado have been contacted by the atheists and threatened.
In a letter to East Point Academy in West Columbia, S.C., the atheist organization accuses the school of promoting Christianity.
The letter says, "Because the purpose and effect of Operation Christian Child is to induce impoverished children to convert to Christianity, the school's promotion of this program violates the Constitution. The school must immediately suspend its unconstitutional participation in Operation Christmas Child."
The letter also says, "The boxes of toys are essentially a bribe, expressly used to pressure desperately poor children living in developing countries to convert to Christianity, and are delivered with prayers, sermons, evangelical tracts and pressure to convert. While a private religious group, even through questionable means, a public school cannot affiliate itself with, endorse, promote or support such a group's program without violating the Establishment Clause."
Is there irony in the fact that the atheists are claiming that Graham's organization is "pressuring" and "bribing" the "poor" while they, to facilitate their own religious beliefs in "non belief," are "pressuring" and "threatening" the school district?
Atheism is, itself, a religion of sorts. Atheist churches are being formed in Europe, Australia and now in America.
The Associated Press published an article a few days ago titled, "Atheist 'Mega-Churches' Take Root Across US, World."
AP says, "It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church. Several hundred people, including families with small children, packed in for more than an hour of rousing music, an inspirational talk and some quiet reflection. The only thing missing was God."
AP also reported, "On Sunday, the inaugural Sunday Assembly in Los Angeles, attracted several hundred people bound by their belief in non-belief. Similar gatherings in San Diego, Nashville, New York and other U.S. cities have drawn hundreds of atheists seeking the camaraderie of a congregation without religion or ritual."
One self described atheist told AP, "There's something not OK with appropriating all the religious language, imagery and ritual for atheism."
While the founders of this new movement denies it is "religious," their actions seem to betray the claim.
Here's how the Associated Press described their "service":
During the service, attendees stomped their feet, clapped their hands and cheered as Jones and Evans led the group through rousing renditions of "Lean on Me," "Here Comes the Sun" and other hits that took the place of gospel songs. Congregants dissolved into laughter at a get-to-know-you game that involved clapping and slapping the hands of the person next to them and applauded as members of the audience spoke about community service projects they had started in LA.
At the end, volunteers passed cardboard boxes for donations as attendees mingled over coffee and pastries and children played on the floor.
While seeking to suppress the Christian expression and mocking the notion of sharing the gospel with those in need, atheists are launching their own version of religion---singing, clapping and taking a collection.
The Sunday Assembly motto is "Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More."
So how should the school respond to the atheist threat?
The school has responded.
In their letter to the parents the school says, "In an abundance of caution because we do not want to spend school financial resources defending a lawsuit, we are not going to help prepare Operation Christmas Child boxes."
Is the school surrendering to financial threat to promote one religion over another? Is the school "establishing one religious belief in preference to another?"
A separate, but related attack is being waged at Ground Zero in NYC.
It is the same belief in non belief that is driving the relentless effort to remove a cross at Ground Zero in NYC.
This cross was created as a result of the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9-11.
It is made up of beams twisted, sheered and reformed into a cross by the incredible force and fire of the collapse of the buildings.
Perhaps the New York battle is symbolic of a greater battle and greater cross that was forged by man's sin and his moral and spiritual fall.
While this cross was set on a hill outside the city, the symbol of the cross remains a solace and point of joy to those who know Jesus Christ personally---and a target of those who reject Him.
Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Informed. Be Prayerful. Be Pro-Active. Be Blessed.