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Atheists Troll Christian-based Indian Children’s Home With Cash Donations…

6:57 AM EDT on August 25, 2016

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Earlier this week, an atheist named Matt from Muskogee was looking for some attention and donated $100 to the Murrow Indian Children's Home. It's a Christian-based organization in Muskogee that "provides home for American Indian children that are in out-of-home placement as a result of abuse and neglect." Sounds like a good cause to support, right?

Unfortunately for the kids, Matt's donation came with a blasphemous caveat. He wanted it to be in the memory of the "Muskogee Atheist Community," a group he co-founded. Since atheists are vile hedonistic beings who live filthy, depraved lives full of sin, excess, general tomfoolery and happiness, the donation was refused, and now we have a controversy on our hands.

Via KJRH:

A group has started a GoFundMe page for a Muskogee children's home after a man's donation was allegedly denied.

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.

The employee told Wilbourn he would need to change the name on the donation in order for the home to accept the money, Wilbourn refused, and the employee said the money would be returned...

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.

Come on, Murrow Indian Children's Home. We all know Matt is basically just being a massive troll here, but it's not like he encouraged everyone to use the name Hugh Janus when donating. And even if he did, you can still change the name on Go Fund Me donations to anonymous. I learned that the hard way.

Seriously, why turn down the money? A person's faith or non-faith shouldn't matter when it comes to helping children. Just like there's nothing wrong with being a Christian, there's nothing wrong with being an atheist and sleeping-in every Sunday morning. How would you like it if some atheist in need refused your assistance just because you're a Christian organization? Well, you'd probably like that a lot, but you get my point. Take Matt's atheist money.

Since the Go Fund Me went live, it's almost surpassed $25,000. That's insane! Know how many weeks of vacation bible school that can buy? Regardless, Murrow still doesn't want the money. Here's a statement they released to KJRH:

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. 

Mr. Wilbourn asked that his donation be noted in the ad, “In Honor of the Muskogee Atheist Community”.  Murrow cannot Honor the Atheist non-belief in God our father, and Honor God our Father under our Biblical principles.  Those two positions are totally opposite of each other.  Therefore, we must respectfully decline the donation and the request to Honor the Atheist Community with the donation in an advertisement for a Murrow fundraising event.

Once again, we thank the Wilbourns’ for their generosity to Murrow and we understand their rights to their beliefs.  We also hope that in turn the Muskogee Atheist Community and the Wilbourns’ will respect the Biblical principles of the Murrow foundation for over 100 years and understand why our principles are different and that we must Honor our God.

As a cynical guy who thinks organized religion is the root cause of many of society's problems, I can't believe I'm Team Indian Children's Home on this one. Yeah, they should accept the money, but at least the organization stood up for its principles.

Also, it seems pretty damn obvious that Matt's donation was motivated by attention, publicity and the general hypocrisy in religion. I get that, but if he was really sincere and truly wanted to help the kids, he'd donate the money to the home with no strings attached, or better yet, leave the donation in the memory of the Infant Jesus of Prague. How can a Christian children's home turn down a donation from baby Jesus? It would be impossible.

Anyway, whether you're an atheist or soon to be former virgin at the Falls Creek Church Camp, I'd encourage you to do what I just did and donate to the Go Fund Me. Here's the link. When you do, please use the name Aaron Tuttle. Thanks.

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