MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

April 11, 2013

Restaurant balks at atheist fundraiser


Associated Press

— BROKEN ARROW (AP) — The owner of a barbecue restaurant says he wouldn't have agreed to have a fundraiser for a science camp if he had known atheists were behind it.

The owner, Joe Davidson, canceled the event as people began arriving. He told the Tulsa World on Tuesday that he had not known that Camp Quest promoted "nonreligious beliefs."

The fundraiser at Oklahoma Joe's had been scheduled for more than a month but was canceled Monday. Davidson said he thought the camp promoted science education for children.

The fundraiser's organizers said in a statement that handbills promoting it clearly stated the group's mission.

The restaurant offered refunds, and Davidson said he didn't ask anyone to leave.