The Murrow Indian Children’s Home, a Christian-run charity in Muskogee, Oklahoma, has repeatedly turned down donations ($28,280 total) from Matt Wilbourn on behalf of the Muskogee Atheist Community.
The Friendly Atheist reports that one of the home's employees asked for donations on Facebook on Sept. 1:
To all my amazing friends. As most of you know by now, I am working as the social services rep for the Murrow Indian Children’s Home. We are a faith based, non-profit organization that relies solely on private donors and our annual Pow WOW. This is our only fund raising event of the year. It will be October 1st, starting at 2:00pm at the Bacone Student Life Center. We are extremely behind on funds and donated items for our silent auction this year.
We are also short on vendors. I am asking for y’all to just consider donating something. Anything. Even just sharing this post so someone else could see it would be greatly appreciated and most importantly, a huge blessing for our kids!! Thank you. You can get in touch with me here or call ... Again, thank you and God bless!!
For reasons unknown, the employee did not mention that the home will not take money from atheists per biblical principles.
The Friendly Atheist noted on Aug. 31 that Wilbourn asked the charity "if it would make them feel more comfortable, we can have Father Bob Wickizer from Grace Episcopal Church in Muskogee, OK bring the cashier’s check to them."
However, a home employee reportedly told Wilbourn that the charity was going to refuse his donation (again) "based on their biblical principles."
Wilbourn said he made one last effort to help the home on Sept. 1, reports the Friendly Atheist: "I even tried calling the electric company and the water company here in Muskogee to try and pay their bill(s) for them in the amount of $5,106.47 but those companies both said that I have to have their account number, which I do not have."
After repeatedly being blocked by the Christian charity, Wilbourn has decided to donate the money to Camp Quest Oklahoma.