MUSKOGEE, Okla. – An Oklahoma man says he was stunned when a good deed was refused because of his religion.
Matt Wilbourn told KJRH that he donated $100 to the Murrow Indian Children’s Home.
“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 said.
A short time later, he says the home called and said that his donation was being refused because “it would go against everything they believe in.”
The employee at the home said if the name on the donation was not changed, it would be returned.
He spoke to other members of the Muskogee Atheist Community, who agreed to not take the money back and raised the total to $250.
However, the donation has still not been accepted.
Now, he has created a GoFundMe page to raise even more money for the children’s home. If the donation is still not accepted, Wilbourn says he will donate it to Camp Quest, a non-religious camp.
“Do things out of the goodness of your 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.
So far, the GoFundMe page has raised almost $8,000.