Previously I noted there was no evidence the Muskogee Atheist Community even existed. I could not find a single mention of it prior to the appearance of this story. I could not find a web page for it. In fact, there isn’t even a FaceBook page for it. The fact there is no FB page for the group is very telling. As we all know, it costs no money and about 5 min of your time to set one up.After all, Matt Wilbourn has his own closed FaceBook group, with the following disclaimer:
If anti-religious material offends you, you may not want to friend request me.
If you set up a personal anti-religious FB page, why not set up a FB page for the atheist group you supposedly co-founded?
Since that time, commenter TFBW found there is a domain page registered for the group. One problem…
http://www.muskogeeatheistcommunity.com/ is a place-holder “under construction” page at time of writing. Domain was registered anonymously on 24-Aug-2016, so any actual connection is unverifiable.
So the domain for Muskogee Atheist Community was registered the day after the news story broke and Mehta’s blog posting about it.
According to the original news story, here is how this all started:
A group has started a GoFundMe page for a Muskogee children’s home after a man’s donation was allegedly denied.
Matt Wilbourn says his donation was denied by the Murrow Indian Children’s Home after he asked that the home put the donation in the name of the Muskogee Atheist Community.
“I filed out the paperwork and I put my wife and I’s name on the paperwork,” he said. “At the bottom, it asks if there is any person or organization you want to put it in memory of and I put the Muskogee Atheist Community.”
So Wilbourn expected the children’s charity to accept his donation contingent on them doing so in memory of……..a non-existent atheist group?
ETA: I stand corrected. SteveK found evidence of their existence that works for me.