What’s Great About the Salvation Army — And What’s Not

| December 6, 2012

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Giving to charities is a holiday tradition, but it’s also important to give wisely. The Salvation Army has done much good to help the poor and infirmed throughout the world. Unfortunately, the organization’s negative public stance on gay rights is antithetical to this website’s staunch belief in human equality.

The Salvation Army recently released a statement:

“Scripture forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex. The Salvation Army believes, therefore, that Christians whose sexual orientation is primarily or exclusively same-sex are called upon to embrace celibacy as a way of life. There is no scriptural support for same-sex unions as equal to, or as an alternative to, heterosexual marriage.”

The bell rigging and the sounds of coins being tossed in a red kettle may be a tradition we’ve grown up with every holiday season but we can still help others in need without giving to an organization that denigrates other humans.

Give big! Give wisely!

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  2. Yvonne says:

    SERIOUSLY??!! I am all for equal rights for everyone, I despise discrimination for ANY reason. But seriously?? You all want to punish the people that need the help? This is not the way to do it!! This only punishes the people that need their help!!

  3. CJ says:

    Yvonne- actually, it’s really difficult to get them to help you when you need it. I was 7 months pregnant with our youngest, we had been evicted from our apartment for being late on our rent to our slumlord and were on a list for public housing. We asked them for help but they absolutely refused us any and ALL aid because we qualified for public assistance and were on the waiting list for rent controlled housing. All the food stamps in the world won’t do you any good if you can’t cook food. We ended up living in my car, waiting for me and my daughter to get into the women’s shelter where my husband was forbidden to have contact with us just because he has a penis.