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.
The activist 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.