It’s that time of year again when you get annoyed by the sight of bell-ringers representing an organization that hates you. Yes, it’s the annual appearance of the Salvation Army, and they’re hoping to trick you into thinking that they’ve turned over a new leaf. Well, they haven’t.
The S.A. has a page on their site right now called “Debunking the Myth of LGBT Discrimination,” which is all about how awesome they are and always have been to gays. “The Salvation Army believes that all people are equal, regardless of sexual orientation or any other factor, including race, gender and ethnicity,” the page says. They point out that they serve, hire, and happily accept money from LGBT people.
Yeah, that’s great. Here are some facts that they conveniently omit:
- It says right on their site: “Marriage is by definition heterosexual in nature. Scripture speaks only of marriage between a man and a woman and allows no same-sex unions that involve sexual intercourse.”
- Also: “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 Salvation Army refused to provide health benefits to domestic partners, explaining, “we now confirm adherence to biblical principles concerning marriage and the family.”
- The organization refers people to abusive ex-gay ministries.
- The Southern and Central regions exclude LGBTs from their nondiscrimination policies.
- They threatened to pull out of New York rather than offer benefits to LGBT employees.
So if you’re wondering whether it’s okay to support the Salvation Army, let us make it clear for you:
IT IS NEVER OKAY TO SUPPORT THE SALVATION ARMY.
There are plenty of other organizations that need your money. Here’s a list. If you see Salvation Army employees, report them.