Schools in two Canadian provinces will not be allowing students to participate in Operation Christmas Child due to the organization’s stance on LGBT issues.
Operation Christmas Child is run by the Christian ministry Samaritan’s Purse. As a Christian organization, Samaritan’s Purse holds to biblical beliefs on homosexuality, which the school district trustees believe is incompatible with their school’s policies.
According to CBC News, school district trustees voted on Nov. 25 to end the school districts’ participation in Operation Christmas Child.
Students and teachers will now no longer have the opportunity to fill shoeboxes with Christmas gifts to send to children in need around the world.
Director of Education Tony Stack explained the reasoning behind the district’s decision:
"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," he said.
"For example, a child with two moms or two dads, unfortunately, has been put in the position of choosing between fitting in and partaking with other classmates in an activity, or supporting an organization opposed to the very existence of that very child's family unit,” he continued.
Publication date: December 6, 2017
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.