Local & Regional
Thu April 11, 2013
BA Barbecue Joint Stops Fund Raiser for Non-Believers
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — The owner of an Oklahoma barbecue restaurant says he wouldn't have agreed to host a fundraiser for a science camp if he knew atheists were behind it.
Joe Davidson canceled the event as people began arriving, and told the Tulsa World newspaper on Tuesday that he had not known that Camp Quest promoted "nonreligious beliefs."
The fundraiser at Oklahoma Joe's in Broken Arrow had been scheduled for more than a month but was canceled Monday. Davidson said he thought the camp promoted science education for children.
The event's organizers said in a statement that handbills promoting the event clearly stated the group's mission.
The restaurant offered customers a refund and Davidson said he didn't ask anyone to leave.