Salvation Army Has Been Advocating Against Gays for 40 Years
UPDATE: I posted an exhaustive update on all the Salvation Army’s anti-gay hate over the last four decades. It’s not all-inclusive, I’m sure there’s even more, but it’s a horrifying looking at an virulently anti-gay organization. Please have a look, and share.
Salvation Army is a Religious Right Evangelical Church
Many people don’t realize that the Salvation Army is a nasty, bigoted, anti-gay, far-right evangelical church. Read it in their own words – I copied this from the Salvation Army’s Australia Web site a few years back:
“[Homosexual activity is] as rebellion against God’s plan for the created order…. Homosexual practice, however, is, in the light of Scripture, clearly unacceptable. Such activity is chosen behaviour and is thus a matter of the will. It is therefore able to be directed or restrained in the same way heterosexual urges are controlled. Homosexual practice would render any person ineligible for full membership (soldiership) in the [Salvation] Army.” – Salvation Army Australia Web site (emphasis added)
I Don’t Give My Money to Anti-gay Evangelicals
The Salvation Army discriminates against gay people, and discriminating donors should find another charity this Christmas than evangelical bigots who advocate against our civil rights. And not just that – they’ve actively lobbied against pro-gay policies in a number of countries as well.
A number of years ago, several people created “vouchers” that you could download and give to the Salvation Army at Christmas instead of dropping cash in their buckets outside all the stores. The vouchers are a good way to let the Salvation Army know that bigotry is not a Christmas value.
The Salvation Army considers itself an evangelical Christian church – i.e., a religious right church – and therefore says it has the right to discriminate against gays (who the Salvation Army says should be celibate for life). And that’s their right, to be religious right bigots – and it’s our right not to give our Christmas donations to religious right activists. Seriously, would you knowing give money to, say, Pat Robertson?
I found one of the old vouchers on my hard drive, I don’t know who created it at this point.
Much more background on the Salvation Army’s history of anti-gay bigotry here.