Teachers last night called for an investigation into an American evangelical movement that collects Christmas gifts from Scottish pupils and sends them to children in deprived parts of the world.
The call followed concern that the charity, Samaritan's Purse, which runs the Christmas shoe box appeal, did not encourage religious diversity or tolerance.
Teachers at the annual meeting of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) in Perth were told that the charity – which has been endorsed by Franklin Graham, the evangelical preacher – was anti-Islam.
However, a spokesman for the UK-based arm of the organisation dismissed the claims and said parcels were given to children across the world regardless of their faith.
In the past few years, more than one million parcels have been sent parcels have been sent from schools in Britain to orphans in countries such as Mozambique, Romania and Azerbaijan.
Kenny Elder, from the South Lanarkshire branch of the EIS, told delegates: "It has a very right-wing, racist view of religion. It should be investigated by the union because it has a growing presence in our schools.
"A lot of people involved in schools don't know about the views of this organisation, and I believe Samaritan's Purse does not have a place in Scotland's schools."
If they are worried about a racist view of religion, they need to start with their local mosques and fundamentalist imams. When was the last time an Islamic charity donated to Christians, Jews or Hindus? They couldn't even cough it up for their Indonesian bothers. What a distorted view of reality.
Taken from an article in The Herald.