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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Col. -- The threat of a lawsuit by a non-believers group has convinced a charter school in Colorado to cut ties with a Christmas gift drive run by an evangelical Christian organization.

In past years, SkyView Academy students have filled boxes with toys to be distributed to poor children in the developing world by Samaritan's Purse, a religious organization run by Franklin Graham.

Parents upset with SkyView Academy's decision are planning a "Religious Rights Rally" outside the school Wednesday.

An email to parents sent November 15 explaining the school's decision to drop the program rather than risk a lawsuit from the American Humanist Association.

"Our school has never endorsed any particular religious view," the email stated. "This decision is based on the importance of protecting our school's program, resources, and reputation, which would be at risk if we chose to engage in this national argument."

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