Floridian sappho-journo Lisa Neff wants to do good, but not with the Salvation Army:
One belief of Salvationists is â€œthe Salvation Army does not consider same-sex orientation blameworthy in itself. Homosexual conduct, like heterosexual conduct, requires individual responsibility and must be guided by the light of scriptural teaching.
â€œScripture 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.â€
Iâ€™ve considered taking up a shift as a bell-ringer and making sure the leaders of my local Salvation Army chapter know who I am, who I love, and how much I appreciate the good work and the promise to serve all but that I disagree with the misguided beliefs and cruel politics.
But that idea sets off bells in my head and rings false in my heart. I just know that I canâ€™t ring the bell. I canâ€™t contribute to the red kettle. I canâ€™t donate for discrimination.
We’ve been thinking about this issue a lot recently: the Salvation Army does loads of good, but, as Neff points out, doesn’t support gay rights. In fact, it’s categorically against gay rights. Can we ignore their queer politics and look at the greater good? More importantly: should we?