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. Many LGBT people are rejected by the evangelical church charity because they’re “sexually impure.”
The church claims it holds “a positive view of human sexuality,” but then clarifies that “sexual intimacy is understood as a gift of God to be enjoyed within the context of heterosexual marriage.” The Salvation Army doesn’t believe that gays and lesbians should ever know the intimacy of any loving relationship, instead teaching that “Christians whose sexual orientation is primarily or exclusively same-sex are called upon to embrace celibacy as a way of life.”
I’ve seen the discrimination the Salvation Army preaches first hand. When a former boyfriend and I were homeless, the Salvation Army insisted we break up before they’d offer assistance. We slept on the street instead and declined to break up as they demanded."
Why You Shouldn’t Donate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers | Bil Browning via The Bilerico Project
It’s Salvation Army bell-ringing season again, so here’s your friendly reminder NOT to drop your dollars in their red buckets this year. Check The Week and Chicago Pride for information about the charity’s history of anti-gay behavior, including its most recent offenses. The Bilerico Project has suggestions for organizations you can give to instead, or you can track down a local secular charity in your area.
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