Aweful Charities – Salvation Army

Charities are suppose to help the most downtrodden members of society, to help them have a brighter future, and get by each day. Charities can also share their views (and politics) with the world, normally to help have a brighter future. These awful charities fail for inclusion, ineffectiveness, or their message conflicts with LGBT views.

The Salvation Army – A charity better known for the red kettles and harassing bell ringers, is also lesser known to hold to a firm line on anti-LGBT views based on Evangelical Christian beliefs. While many may think that the money going into the kettle is for the homeless. The money in the kettle is discriminatory money, only good for straights in rough straits. “The Salvation Army has a history of active discrimination against gays and lesbians. While you might think you’re helping the hungry and homeless by dropping a few dollars in the bright red buckets, not everyone can share in the donations,” Bil Browning notes on The Bilerico Project. There are several stories online of homeless gay couples being turned away for housing and food when in need unless they breakup and have a “come to Jesus moment” (how very Christian of them). Strike one, they discriminate helping based on orientation.

Further not all the money goes to homeless and administrative cost s,some goes to lobbyist. What could a charity lobby for? Better tax breaks? A land grab? No, no, and no… a portion of the kettle money is going to anti-LGBT Evangelical Christian lobbyists. “The organization also has a record of actively lobbying governments worldwide for anti-gay policies — including an attempt to make consensual gay sex illegal,”Bil Browning notes on The Bilerico Project. Strike two, they lobby against LGBT.

And the cherry on top, they want the LGBTs to die. The death mongers went on public radio hosted by journalist Serena Ryan, giving the pulpit to Major Andrew Craibe, a Salvation Army Media Relations Director, to discuss a recent call by LGBT parents for a boycott of the nonprofit. Ryan asked,  “According to the Salvation Army gay parents deserve death. How do you respond to that, as part of your doctrine?” Craibe responded,  “Well, that’s a part of our belief system.” Ryan clarifies, “So they should die.” Craibe retorts,  “You know, we have an alignment to the Scriptures, but that’s our belief.” So yes, a Salvation Army Media Relations Director is expressing that the view of Salvation Army is that gay people, and those who bred them, should die. What a nice charity. Strike three, they want LGBT dead. So if you are LGBT or think that LGBT people should not be put to death simply for being LGBT, you should not donate to this organization.

CALL TO ACTION – Next time you donate consider a local homeless service, many will take the same goods the Salvation Army will. Freecycle and Craigslist are also good ways to get rid of stuff. Whatever you do, don’t support anyone or anything that believes a group of people should be discriminated against, lobby to spread that discrimination, or wants to put the marginalized to death.  They don’t want to make the yuletide gay.

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