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‘We Were Heartbroken’: Wounded Warrior Project Reportedly Refused to Take Church’s ‘Religious in Nature’ Donation

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‘We Were Heartbroken’: Wounded Warrior Project Reportedly Refused to Take Church’s ‘Religious in Nature’ Donation

Wounded Warrior Project Reportedly Refused to Take Churchs Money

(Source: Fox News)

Wounded Warrior Project is refusing to accept a Florida Christian church’s money because it is “religious in nature,” Fox News’ Todd Starnes reports. Liberty Baptist Church and Academy, located in Fort Pierce, Fla., is also a K-12 school.

“We were heartbroken,” Pastor Wallace Cooley told Fox News.

It wasn’t until after Liberty Baptist Church and Academy had already paid a $100 registration fee to raise funds for Wounded Warrior Project that the they received an email from the non-profit organization.

“We must decline the opportunity to be the beneficiary of your event due to our fundraising event criteria, which doesn’t allow community events to be religious in nature,” WWP’s community events team wrote in an email. “Please note your registration fee will be refunded within the next 7-10 business days.”

Because Wounded Warrior Project considers itself to be a nonpartisan organization, the group says it can’t accept fundraising from companies “in which the product or message is religious in nature.”

The church was reportedly planning to accept a special offering on the last Sunday in February and students were collecting money from family and friends to give to WWP.

“We had to tell our children and parents we can’t give to the Wounded Warrior Project…We are second-class citizens now because we are people of faith,” Cooley told Fox News.

The pastor said the church anticipated bringing in roughly $50,000 for military veterans.

Wounded Warrior Project Reportedly Refused to Take Churchs Money

The email the church received from Wounded Warrior (Source: Fox News)


Fox News has more details:

A Wounded Warrior told Fox News they would look into the matter. The organization did not respond to subsequent telephone calls.

The fundraising project was a joint effort by the 400-member church and the 460 students who attend the academy. The pastor said he first learned about WWP by watching Fox News Channel.

“We appreciate the freedoms we enjoy in this country and the fact that our soldiers have fought for freedom of religion,” he said. “We teach patriotism in our school.”

Kindergarten teacher Tanya Sue Albritton posted a message on the Wounded Warrior Project Facebook page, explaining that her students were devastated.

“They were very sad,” she wrote. “One little girl wanted to know, ‘Why can’t we share with the soldiers?’”

“I was at a loss as to what I should tell her because I don’t understand it myself…Well, WWP, why can’t we share with the soldiers,” she added.

In delivering the news to his congregation, Pastor Cooley penned what he described as “one of the saddest letters I have ever had to write”:

“We are very disappointed that we, as a religious organization, are being discriminated against. But they are a private organization and have and should have the freedom to make their own rules.”

Cooley said the donations that were made have been returned and the church is currently looking for another veterans group to help — one that will accept their generous donation.

TheBlaze has reached out to Wounded Warrior Project and will update this story as additional information becomes available.

by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Replies (11-20):
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 2, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Whatever makes you feel better.

Quoting Anonymous:

Atheist or not, same thing applies to what I said. SMH





Quoting Anonymous:

Ha! Who said I was atheist? Now I'm shaking my head. Lmao.





Quoting Anonymous:

Sadly you give Atheists a bad name, all I can do is shake my head when it comes to your hatred, it's very sad.







Quoting Anonymous:

Shake your damn head all you want. Idgaf.









Quoting Anonymous:

SMH











Quoting Anonymous:

*eye roll*






Poor wittle Christians.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 2, 2013 at 11:06 AM
At least my heart isn't filled with hatred.

Quoting Anonymous:

Whatever makes you feel better.



Quoting Anonymous:

Atheist or not, same thing applies to what I said. SMH








Quoting Anonymous:

Ha! Who said I was atheist? Now I'm shaking my head. Lmao.







Quoting Anonymous:

Sadly you give Atheists a bad name, all I can do is shake my head when it comes to your hatred, it's very sad.









Quoting Anonymous:

Shake your damn head all you want. Idgaf.











Quoting Anonymous:

SMH













Quoting Anonymous:

*eye roll*







Poor wittle Christians.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 2, 2013 at 11:07 AM
1 mom liked this
How is my heart filled with hatred based on my comment? You don't even know me. Quit making assumptions to make yourself feel better because you didn't like what I had to say.

Quoting Anonymous:

At least my heart isn't filled with hatred.



Quoting Anonymous:

Whatever makes you feel better.





Quoting Anonymous:

Atheist or not, same thing applies to what I said. SMH











Quoting Anonymous:

Ha! Who said I was atheist? Now I'm shaking my head. Lmao.









Quoting Anonymous:

Sadly you give Atheists a bad name, all I can do is shake my head when it comes to your hatred, it's very sad.











Quoting Anonymous:

Shake your damn head all you want. Idgaf.













Quoting Anonymous:

SMH















Quoting Anonymous:

*eye roll*








Poor wittle Christians.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 2, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Your comment was very rude, disrespectful, sarcastic, intolerant and hateful. There's nothing to assume here, instead of commenting on those veterans who need help and people who gave money from their hearts to help them, you chose to be hateful instead, it's very telling. We could go back and forth with this, but I choose not to waste my time and yours, have a blessed day.

Quoting Anonymous:

How is my heart filled with hatred based on my comment? You don't even know me. Quit making assumptions to make yourself feel better because you didn't like what I had to say.



Quoting Anonymous:

At least my heart isn't filled with hatred.





Quoting Anonymous:

Whatever makes you feel better.







Quoting Anonymous:

Atheist or not, same thing applies to what I said. SMH














Quoting Anonymous:

Ha! Who said I was atheist? Now I'm shaking my head. Lmao.











Quoting Anonymous:

Sadly you give Atheists a bad name, all I can do is shake my head when it comes to your hatred, it's very sad.













Quoting Anonymous:

Shake your damn head all you want. Idgaf.















Quoting Anonymous:

SMH

















Quoting Anonymous:

*eye roll*









Poor wittle Christians.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM
I'm so sorry you are so easily offended. You still couldn't possibly know if I'm hateful over a comment. I still feel the same way. Religious organizations deny money from non religious places all the time. I don't feel bad for them.

Quoting Anonymous:

Your comment was very rude, disrespectful, sarcastic, intolerant and hateful. There's nothing to assume here, instead of commenting on those veterans who need help and people who gave money from their hearts to help them, you chose to be hateful instead, it's very telling. We could go back and forth with this, but I choose not to waste my time and yours, have a blessed day.



Quoting Anonymous:

How is my heart filled with hatred based on my comment? You don't even know me. Quit making assumptions to make yourself feel better because you didn't like what I had to say.





Quoting Anonymous:

At least my heart isn't filled with hatred.







Quoting Anonymous:

Whatever makes you feel better.









Quoting Anonymous:

Atheist or not, same thing applies to what I said. SMH

















Quoting Anonymous:

Ha! Who said I was atheist? Now I'm shaking my head. Lmao.













Quoting Anonymous:

Sadly you give Atheists a bad name, all I can do is shake my head when it comes to your hatred, it's very sad.















Quoting Anonymous:

Shake your damn head all you want. Idgaf.

















Quoting Anonymous:

SMH



















Quoting Anonymous:

*eye roll*










Poor wittle Christians.
emeraldangel2.0
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 1:48 PM
1 mom liked this

funny how that elephant is being ignored

as a christian, i am confused. so it's okay when a religious organization refuses money from non-relgious companies. however, when the roles are turned then it's  "woe is me, i'm being persecuted."

bull. and shit.


Quoting Anonymous:

I'm so sorry you are so easily offended. You still couldn't possibly know if I'm hateful over a comment. I still feel the same way. Religious organizations deny money from non religious places all the time. I don't feel bad for them.

Quoting Anonymous:

Your comment was very rude, disrespectful, sarcastic, intolerant and hateful. There's nothing to assume here, instead of commenting on those veterans who need help and people who gave money from their hearts to help them, you chose to be hateful instead, it's very telling. We could go back and forth with this, but I choose not to waste my time and yours, have a blessed day.



Quoting Anonymous:

How is my heart filled with hatred based on my comment? You don't even know me. Quit making assumptions to make yourself feel better because you didn't like what I had to say.





Quoting Anonymous:

At least my heart isn't filled with hatred.







Quoting Anonymous:

Whatever makes you feel better.









Quoting Anonymous:

Atheist or not, same thing applies to what I said. SMH

















Quoting Anonymous:

Ha! Who said I was atheist? Now I'm shaking my head. Lmao.













Quoting Anonymous:

Sadly you give Atheists a bad name, all I can do is shake my head when it comes to your hatred, it's very sad.















Quoting Anonymous:

Shake your damn head all you want. Idgaf.

















Quoting Anonymous:

SMH



















Quoting Anonymous:

*eye roll*










Poor wittle Christians.



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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM
Bump
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 2, 2013 at 2:11 PM
Give examples??


Quoting emeraldangel2.0:

funny how that elephant is being ignored

as a christian, i am confused. so it's okay when a religious organization refuses money from non-relgious companies. however, when the roles are turned then it's  "woe is me, i'm being persecuted."

bull. and shit.


Quoting Anonymous:

I'm so sorry you are so easily offended. You still couldn't possibly know if I'm hateful over a comment. I still feel the same way. Religious organizations deny money from non religious places all the time. I don't feel bad for them.



Quoting Anonymous:

Your comment was very rude, disrespectful, sarcastic, intolerant and hateful. There's nothing to assume here, instead of commenting on those veterans who need help and people who gave money from their hearts to help them, you chose to be hateful instead, it's very telling. We could go back and forth with this, but I choose not to waste my time and yours, have a blessed day.





Quoting Anonymous:

How is my heart filled with hatred based on my comment? You don't even know me. Quit making assumptions to make yourself feel better because you didn't like what I had to say.







Quoting Anonymous:

At least my heart isn't filled with hatred.









Quoting Anonymous:

Whatever makes you feel better.











Quoting Anonymous:

Atheist or not, same thing applies to what I said. SMH




















Quoting Anonymous:

Ha! Who said I was atheist? Now I'm shaking my head. Lmao.















Quoting Anonymous:

Sadly you give Atheists a bad name, all I can do is shake my head when it comes to your hatred, it's very sad.

















Quoting Anonymous:

Shake your damn head all you want. Idgaf.



















Quoting Anonymous:

SMH





















Quoting Anonymous:

*eye roll*











Poor wittle Christians.



pasteeater
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 2:28 PM
You people obviously know nothing at all about fund raising. I e been on many fund raising committies. Each organization have guidlines about who they can or cannot take money from. Warriors is a gov't funded group. That means they have guidelines that they have no control over.

Any one calling Warriors idiots have no idea of what they are talking about. Do research before you make a fool of yourself. As Mark Twain said "it's better to keep your mouth shut and letting people think you're a fool rather than open your mouth and prove you're a fool". That's paraphrased of course.

Calling Warriors idiots is both immature and offensive. Do some research before spewing forth bullshit.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 2, 2013 at 2:44 PM
1 mom liked this
Idiots are not the warriors. Idiots are the govt officials and their dumb rules.


Quoting pasteeater:

You people obviously know nothing at all about fund raising. I e been on many fund raising committies. Each organization have guidlines about who they can or cannot take money from. Warriors is a gov't funded group. That means they have guidelines that they have no control over.



Any one calling Warriors idiots have no idea of what they are talking about. Do research before you make a fool of yourself. As Mark Twain said "it's better to keep your mouth shut and letting people think you're a fool rather than open your mouth and prove you're a fool". That's paraphrased of course.



Calling Warriors idiots is both immature and offensive. Do some research before spewing forth bullshit.

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