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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
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NewMom11222011
by Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Am I missing something?  Why couldn't the money raised by the individuals within the church be given to the project on an individual basis even if it was the church's "idea" to get the fundraising ball rolling.  Wounded Warriors get the $, people get to feel good about helping a worthy bunch of heroes.  WIN-WIN

Mama2Spencerninja

gonecrazi
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 3:19 PM

 This really sucks...

imamomzilla
by Silver Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 5:35 PM
1 mom liked this

 That's unfortunate. :-(

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I smell waffles. P-U!!!

Quoting Anonymous:

*eye roll*
Poor wittle Christians.

JustCJ
by Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 8:04 PM
2 moms liked this

<----hates anonymous pussy posters.

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 2, 2013 at 8:17 PM
Bump
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 2, 2013 at 9:10 PM
1 mom liked this
Then perhaps you should stick to groups without that function if it upsets you so much.

Quoting JustCJ:

<----hates anonymous pussy posters.

sherry132
by Silver Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 9:21 PM

I am significantly unimpressed with the Wounded Warrior Project. If you want to give to the soldiers, send care packages. If you want to give to the vets, go to Vet center. 


squeekers
by Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 10:14 PM

 I wouldnt take money from a church either.

EireLass
by Ruby Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 10:35 PM

So are they going to be jerks and not give because they can't under their god's name, or are the participants willing to give as themselves?

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