URGENT ALERT: Operation Christmas Child Still Running

Islamic Human Rights Commission

18th November 2004

URGENT ALERT: Operation Christmas Child Still Running

Innovative Minds and IHRC are running an awareness raising campaign regarding Operation Christmas Child (OCC).

OCC was exposed by a series of articles in the Guardian last year as a project used by Samaritan’s Purse to pursue the conversion of children and their families. Samaritan’s Purse is headed by Rev Franklin Graham, advisor to US president George W. Bush, and well known for his racially and religiously bigoted views, that have targeted amongst other, Muslims, Hindus and Catholics.

OCC involves the sending of shoeboxes full of presents for children in developing countries. Unknown to most donors, the shoeboxes are used by missionary organisations in partnership to promote Graham’s idea of Christianity described by other Christian leaders as ‘racist’ and ‘poisonous’.

After last year’s exposes many organisations, pulled out of the scheme but many have remained in it as collection points for these boxes. A full list is available on the Innovative Minds site, and campaigners a re requested to contact their local points to raise awareness of the true nature of the scheme.

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