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As reported by Hemant Mehta and KJRH Channel 2 (Tusla), Matt and Keli Wilbourn of the Muskogee Atheist Community have been raising money to donate to the Murrow Indian Children’s Home, should they decide to accept the donation. As of this writing, the prospective donation is up to over $24,000 and the charity is stalwartly refusing to accept the donation, because of the unbelief of the donees. From their official statement:

The Murrow Indian Children’s Home was founded on Biblical principles over 100 years ago by a Baptist Missionary.

Those Biblical principles include believing and trusting in the Trinity; God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

To accept money for an advertisement which would indicate “In Honor of the Muskogee Atheist Community” in the advertisement, would be contrary to those Biblical principles upon which we at Murrow stand.  We are Christians, believing in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

We appreciate the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Wilbourn for their thoughtful donation to the Murrow Children’s Home.  This decision is not about money or personal matters.  It is solely about our religious beliefs and Honoring God our Father. 

One might think that they could come to an accommodation on the wording of the advertisement, perhaps “Thanks to the generosity of the Muskogee Atheist Community” or something along those lines. We are talking about improving the lives of those in need, after all, a topic upon which Jesus of Nazareth spoke rather forcefully.

Should the children’s home remain intransigent on the donation, however, there is a backup plan in place:

If the Murrow Indian Children’s Home continues to refuse the money raised, the Atheist community will donate the money to Camp Quest, a non-religious camp.

Camp Quest is an invaluable resource for children of freethinkers, a place where they can be themselves without fear of religious peer pressure.

With all of that in mind, here again is the donation button. Kudos to Matt and Keli for pushing forward on this, if ever they visit us in OKC they can expect to encounter free pizza and beer.

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