Child speaks about canceled fundraiser for science camp


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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 4/10/2013 8:59 am Published: 4/10/2013 12:49 am


A note put on the front door Monday at Oklahoma Joe’s Barbeque has people talking.

Joe Davidson put it there. He runs the restaurant.

“We’re a Christian based aligned business,” said Davidson.

That’s why he refused to donate to Camp Quest Oklahoma, a summer camp for kids. Mary Eversole heads the organization.

“We do not promote religion, we do not promote atheism,” said Eversole.

Something she told FOX23, and she says she made it clear from the start. Many of her camp volunteers are atheists or agnostic.

Davidson initially agreed to help Monday, by donating 10 percent of his earnings to the camp. But he was surprised to learn where Eversole’s faith stood after seeing a flier that was being shared at his restaurant, and thus the sign on the door.

“I said why you didn’t disclose this, and they said because we get this reaction every time,” said Davidson.

“This is not about religion or faith, it’s about kids,” said Eversole.

While adults debate matters of faith, for the kids it’s about the activities: swimming, canoeing and science.

“It really doesn’t matter what religion they believe in. I just matters how friendly they are. What they like,” said Emma Pasco.

Emma’s dad, Doug, enrolled her last year.

“Christian from the womb,” said Doug Pasco.

Doug said Emma will be back this summer, but at least half of the kids expecting to attend with her may not. They can’t afford it.

“It’s disappointing to think that somebody with Christian beliefs would not want to help a child go to camp,” said Eversole.

Davidson said he never asked anyone to leave.

“We were asked to leave,” said Eversole.

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DavakiMahila - 4/10/2013 9:07 PM
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I don't think I understand why Joe Davidson just didn't look up the Camp on the internet after they approached him for donation/fundraiser? They have known the fundraiser was going to happen since January. It is April. Are you telling me he couldn't take the time out of a single day in 4 months to google Camp Quest? They aren't hiding anything from anyone. It's right there for anyone to see.

Report Facts - 4/10/2013 1:36 PM
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See the actual flyer that was given to the business ahead of time at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/04/08/camp-quest-oklahoma-planned-a-fundraiser-at-a-local-restaurant-tonight-but-the-christian-owner-is-refusing-to-work-with-them/. This flyer makes no mention of their true goal to "Raise awareness of positive contributions made by atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, and other nontheistic people to our society". This camp attempts to decieve and now the media is favoring them. Please Report the facts.

Report Facts - 4/10/2013 1:31 PM
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Funny that she says, "“We do not promote religion, we do not promote atheism,” said Eversole." but on the camp website under Goals of Camp Quest http://www.campquest.org/mission, it states one of their goals is to, "Raise awareness of positive contributions made by atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, and other nontheistic people to our society"

Reality Check - 4/10/2013 11:58 AM
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Christian bashing is in right now. And the media jumps on it every time they get a chance. It used to be if you loved God and His Son you were ok because you believed in doing good and trying your best, even though we all fall short, to be good. Not surprised by this based on national media trends in painting Christianity and anyone partaking and being evil and out of touch.

Dumont - 4/10/2013 9:57 AM
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One other thins 5Rainbows- Christians are not the only ones who have to bend. I am agnostic. Several of my atheist friends and I in our volunteer job where we also teach kids about science, are forced to give church groups, children who are home-schooled for racist and religious reasons and other wackjobs, the same consideration as more rational people. It turns my stomach when I CHILD wants to argue with me that the universe is only 6000 years old but I have to put up with it. I would prefer to not waste my time but the Civil Rights Act requires I do it.

Dumont - 4/10/2013 9:48 AM
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5Rainbows-such an eloquent argument you make. Let me counter with Civil Rights Act of 1964 Title II- Sec.201(a) Doesn't say Christians have to bend- says EVERYONE who operates a place of public accommodation shall not discriminate. Oh...btw...This act was brought about in no small part by the actions of Christians who felt it was their right as such to discriminate against those they didn't like.

5Rainbows - 4/10/2013 9:40 AM
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Again, Christians have to bend!

Dumont - 4/10/2013 9:28 AM
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Why is it that Christians feel they can dodge the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Why is it that Christians automatically believe what another Christian says and discounts the words of a non-believer?

5Rainbows - 4/10/2013 9:06 AM
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Why is it Christians are the ones that have to 'bend' when it comes to how they believe and what they want to support?

MarieJ - 4/10/2013 8:09 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.
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