Berkeley Student Council Wants Anti-Gay Salvation Army Booted From Campus

Screen Shot 2012-12-17 at 3.58.07 PMJust in time for the holidays, the UC Berkeley Student Government passed a resolution demanding that the university kick the Salvation Army off campus because it discriminates against the LGBT community.

Campus Reform reports that on on November 14 the council passed a resolution, SB 176, that read, in part:

“Salvation Army church services, including charity services, are available only to people ‘who accept and abide by the Salvation Army’s doctrine and discipline,’ which excludes homosexuality…

Allowing the Salvation Army to collect donations on campus is a form of financial assistance that empowers the organization to spend the money it raises here in order to discriminate and advocate discrimination against queer people.”

Though the charity maintains recipients of its good works don’t have to abide by its doctrine, official Salvation Army literature refers to homosexuality as “an unacceptable urge,” and the organization has threatened to pull out of New York rather than abide by local equal-benefits laws.

In June,  Major Andrew Craibe, a media relations director for the Salvation Army in Australia, told reporters homosexuals should be put to death in accordance with Scripture.

Really? We’ve always felt people who ring bells incessantly on street corners should be hung from the highest tree.