Recently Matt Wilbourn, founder of the Muskogee Atheist Community, tried to donate $100 to the Murrow Indian Children’s Home, only to have his donation refused on account of his atheism:
Matt Wilbourn says his donation was denied by the Murrow Indian Children’s Home after he asked that the home put the donation in the name of the Muskogee Atheist Community.
“I filed out the paperwork and I put my wife and I’s name on the paperwork,” he said. “At the bottom ,it asks if there is any person or organization you want to put it in memory of and I put the Muskogee Atheist Community.”
Wilbourn says that he made a $100 donation, but was later contacted by someone from the home.
“She called my desk phone at work and told me that they would not be accepting our donation because it would go against everything they believe in,” Wilbourn said.
What, they don’t believe atheists can want to help unfortunate children? That’s pretty shitty.
Or, do they believe somehow money taken from atheists will corrupt rather than facilitate better care of unfortunate children? I’m pretty sure atheist money spends just the same as all other money.
They’re literally helping children less effectively because of their religious beliefs. Tell me again how religion is good for the world.
But Wilbourn didn’t just stop there. He decided to start a GoFundMe to keep offering them even more money. How much would they keep another child from being cared for in order to spite atheists?
“All of them were in agreement that we shouldn’t take the $100 back and instead raise the amount,” he said. “I emailed the director of the Murrow Home and told her that I’m raising the amount to $250. No reply from her.”
Monday night, Wilbourn started a GoFundMe page to raise more money for the home which still has not accepted the donation. So far, the GoFundMe page has raised more than $400 with the cash donation.
“It’s taken food off their plate, clothes off their back and shelter over their heads,” Wilbourn said.
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.
As of right now they’ve raised $5,612. Something tells me Camp Quest is going to get a pretty sizable donation. It’s just as well. I’d rather see the money go to an organization that will be grateful for it, rather than to a group who values spiting atheists over caring for kids, but who might sell out their “principles”, not for the good of kids (if that were their priority, they’d have taken the $100), but because the price was high enough.
I’ve emailed the Murrow Indian Children’s Home to ask for comment. I will update this post if I receive a response.
Massive kudos to Matt Wilbourn and the Muskogee Atheist Community!