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Broken Arrow business says faith gets in the way of charity work

Joe Davidson, CEO of Oklahoma Joe’s Barbeque told FOX23 that people have a right to believe whatever they want, but he said Camp Quest Oklahoma goes against his beliefs.

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candyman2001 - 4/13/2013 2:59 AM
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Radiogirl you have completely missed the point. But your right everyone does have the right to believe in what they choose, but the camp volunteers do not have to identify anything about their personal beliefs. The material was Gibbon to him ahead of time and he said ok to it. The problem that people are having with this is that he is making this about religious belief, we are focused on trying to help kids. He was not spring an atheist organization, he was not personally donating money at all, things money was gong to the camp for the children. I'd that is the measure of a fine upstanding community member, one that would deprive children on am educational opportunity then you must have a horrible community. I hope your community is smart enough to see past his lies and games. He discriminated against them, its the same as being racist, or homophobic, discrimination its discrimination and to say that you support this its condoning his actions which is unacceptable. The sad thing is if it would have been a matter of racism or homophobia you would probably still support him, its people like you and Joe that preach of equality and understanding yet have no idea how to utilize either i putty this man and those so blind as to support bigotry.

RadioGirl - 4/10/2013 2:17 PM
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Joe Davidson is an up standing guy who has just as much right to be a Christian as the staff at the Camp have the right to be atheists. And why are we not asking the question why 75% of the staff profess to be atheists and agnostics? Do you mean to tell me that is all by accident? He is not saying what they are doing is wrong they are free to be what and who they want but he has just as much right not to support their cause. And why was the person who originally approached Mr Davidson not up front about the camp? It talks about being an atheist and living a secular life right on their website. The rep from Camp Quest said herself that she did not mention any of that when setting up the find raiser. SERIOUSLY??? Im all for having your own belief that is what makes this country great! But its a two way street. You have the right to believe and I have the right to disagree and I also have the right not to support your cause. Mr Davidson is not a liar nor a cheat he is an upstanding citizen in this town, who does alot for this community. I support him 100% and I hope this is a Chik-Fil-A type event! I hope Tulsa supports this business in a HUGE way!!!! Discrimination goes both ways and as God believing people we should be sick and tired of always having to alter our opinions or be quiet about them because someone does'nt like it or agree with us!!!!!!!

OkJoes4life - 4/10/2013 2:08 PM
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I support Mr. Davidson 100%! I will continue to eat at Oklahoma Joe's for many years to come.

RuralOklahoma - 4/10/2013 12:40 PM
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The camp is openly promoted as Secular/Atheist/Agnostic, and people who fall into that category are not "bad", they are just people with different beliefs than others may have. That's what makes all of us individual, independent thinkers and unique. I would never walk up to someone and say, "Hi, I'm a Christian, if you are not, well then, we can't be friends." So why should it matter to Oklahoma Joe’s who they are helping. If they were raising money for disaster relief would you pass on donating to them because of their thoughts, or would you donate to help those who need it? The camp is a science camp, they teach and promote science. They do not "preach" or talk of Atheism or promote Agnostic thoughts. I’ve been a Christian forever and will die one, but last year my youngest daughter attended the camp and both daughters will attend this year. The Agnostic/Atheist part plays no role in it, what does is that she came home from camp 2012 excited about camp 2013. Getting, and keeping, kids interested in learning and, more so girls, in science, is a hard task but Camp Quest made a bridge for the learning. So when I send my child to camp or donate to send another kid to camp, I’m not doing so based on their religious thoughts or backgrounds: but more so on: can I enhance this child’s education.

Demiurge - 4/10/2013 8:56 AM
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MarieJ - How can you defend such ignorant bigotry? Your unfounded accusations are just that. Would you still be defending him if he had kicked out a group because they were Black? Because this is the EXACT SAME ISSUE!

MarieJ - 4/10/2013 8:00 AM
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So the success of this camp rests solely on this one fundraiser, and it's all his fault that the camp can't take place??? something's not right... Where are the other supporters? Other businesses? Other churches, like those who are more flexible in their beliefs? Must not be such a good camp after all, if they can't get other supporters? If it's math and science related, then surely schools/universities would help out, too.

Demiurge - 4/9/2013 11:23 PM
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Mr Davidson is a liar and a thief. What he did wasn't only sleazy, slimy, immoral, and was also illegal. Keep an eye on this one, kiddies. It is FAR from over.

jrobin025 - 4/9/2013 8:53 PM
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I don't even know why he keeps bringing religion up. The flyer did have the word secular in it, which just means that they are not a religious group. Who cares if they have Atheist and Agnostic volunteers. The Susan B. Komen foundation more than likely has Atheist and Agnostic people involved in it, does that mean that you won't give to or help them? What a sad way of thinking. Mr. Davidson has no leg to stand on because this group is not Atheist or Agnostic. They are just a group of kids that wanted to have a summer camp to learn about science. Do you have to be Atheist or Agnostic to learn about science? Is that UnChristian? I hope he reaps what he sewed on this one.

Trytobefair - 4/9/2013 12:14 PM
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Joe Davidson has nickel and dimed everyone I know. I doubt seriously this had anything to do with his beliefs but for the fact he didn't want to turn over the 10% of the evenings totals. Just do the right thing and treat others as you would want to be treated and this kind of stuff wouldn't come back in your face. And really... were you too busy to read over the material of the group who wanted to fund raise?? Not buying it!!

USEagle - 4/9/2013 9:06 AM
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I love Oklahoma Joe's and support Mr. Davidson 100%!!!
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