|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.