I’d love to be a fly on the wall at the Murrow Indian Children’s Home in Muskogee, Oklahoma, to see the look on the faces of the administrators who foolishly rejected a $100 donation from atheist Matt Wilbourn, above.
Irked by the orphanage’s refusal, Wilbourn reacted promptly by setting up a GoFundMe appeal to raise even more cash for the home – and in one day garnered over $13,000.00!
Wilbourn explained on the donations page:
My wife and I are the founders of the Muskogee Atheist Community. Today, 8/22/2016, I made a donation to the Murrow Indian Children’s Home in Muskogee, OK, in the amount of $100.
I asked them to put it in the name of the Muskogee Atheist Community. I received a phone call an hour later from the lady who accepted my donation earlier telling me that her director asked her to call me and tell me that my donation was not accepted.
She went on to say that they are funded by the American Baptist Churches Association and accepting a donation from atheists would go against everything they believe in. I emailed the director and even told her that I’m raising the amount to $250. I’m awaiting her response …
In this report, Willbourn said:
Do things out of the goodness of you heart whether it’s for religion or not, but don’t let religion come between you and someone who needs help and that’s what has happened here.
He said his wife and fellow atheists were in agreement that he should not take the $100 back and instead raise the amount.
The school’s refusal, he said, has:
Taken food off their plate, clothes off their back and shelter over their heads.
The orphanage’s website says:
God has provided for Murrow Home for over a hundred years through the donors who have helped sustain Murrow financially and the mission groups and volunteers that have given countless hours to repair and refurbish
the cottages. Murrow would not exist without the hard work, donations and financial support of selfless men and women of God.
If it continues to refuse the money raised, the Atheist community will donate the cash to Camp Quest, a non-religious camp.