Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Commends Toys for Tots Program

Fall 2006

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) commends the Toys for Tots program, run by the Marine Corps Reserve, for initially rejecting a gift of 4,000 talking Jesus dolls. The program collects toys annually to be distributed to needy children throughout the country. The JWV agrees wholeheartedly with the basis for the initial rejection of the gift by the organization and commends Bill Grein, vice-president of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation of Quantico, Virginia, who said of the recipients, "We don't know anything about their background, their religious affiliations." He went on to say that Marines "don't profess one religion over another. We can't take a chance on sending a talking Jesus doll to a Jewish family or a Muslim family." The recognition of Church-State relations is vital to non-denominational giving. The resolution of this issue by which religious groups have agreed to distribute the dolls to Christian kids recognizes the separation of Church and State issues for which the JWV continues to fight. The JWV, which is currently litigating to have a cross removed from Federal land on Mt. Soledad in San Diego, has always been in the forefront in upholding the separation of Church and State. The JWV commends the Marine Reserve as a government entity from becoming embroiled in an issue in which one religion might be favored over another.

 

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