Wounded Warrior Project Rejects Liberty Baptist Church Fundraising: Religion on the “Banned” List

I see nothing to indicate that Liberty Baptist Church and Academy in Florida is another Westboro Baptist. Wounded Warrior Project has rejected the Fort Pierce, Florida efforts to raise funds for our wounded Military, saying as a “non-profit,” they cannot accept funds from an entity with a “religious message.” To find the words “religious message” on a “banned list” is chilling.

Liberty Baptist Church, Fort Pierce, FL.

Liberty Baptist Church, Fort Pierce, FL.

A Christian church and school in Florida are devastated after they said Wounded Warrior Project refused to accept their fund raising effort because it was “religious in nature.”

“We were heartbroken,” said Wallace Cooley, pastor of Liberty Baptist Church and Academy in Fort Pierce, Fla.

Cooley said they had already paid a $100 registration fee to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Projectand were about to launch the campaign when they received an email from the organization.

The church had planned on taking up a special offering on the last Sunday in February and students were collecting money from family and friends.

“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,” read an email from the WWP community events team. “Please note your registration fee will be refunded within the next 7-10 business days.”

WWP said as a nonpartisan organization they cannot accept event fundraising from companies “in which the product or message is religious in nature.”

Pastor Cooley said they were so shocked that the school secretary called Wounded Warrior to make sure there hadn’t been a mistake. He said a WWP representative assured her that “religious” was indeed on their banned list. Source: Todd Starnes, Fox News

Non-profits are usually charitable organizations. Liberty Baptist is probably a non-profit organization. This is government at work. Liberty Baptist believed they would raise about $50,000 for The Wounded Warrior Project. A WWP spokesperson told Fox News they would look into it.

  • And I do not have to support Wounded Warriors. I can support many other charities helping and supporting our wounded service men and women.

    If many of us take our money elsewhere they will get the message.

    • findalis, I’m waiting to hear from WWP. I don’t think they would do this unless they’ve been told (re laws, regulations) they have to. Something about this isn’t right.