The Salvation Army is an anti-gay Christian church with a long and well documented history of promoting discrimination against the LGBT community. For those who care about justice and fairness, the Salvation Army is simply not worthy of financial support.
Recently the Salvation Army has tried to improve its tarnished image by scrubbing explicitly anti-gay statements from its websites and issuing a statement purportedly “debunking” the “myth” of its anti-LGBT stances. Indeed, the Salvation Army has made some superficial improvements in both their tone and attitude towards the LGBT community, but the changes have been too little, too late, and the fact remains that the group still promotes discrimination against LGBT people.
The good news is the Salvation Army no longer refuses to serve members of the LGBT population at its soup kitchens and homeless shelters as it once did. The bad news is that the the Salvation Army continues to maintain anti-gay theological stances, continues to discriminate against its own employees and their partners, and continues to support and promote legislation and policies that are harmful to the LGBT community.
Perhaps even more disturbing than the documented homophobia of the Salvation Army is the fact that, according to some reports, the Salvation Army requires those in need of assistance to pray to god as a prerequisite to being offered assistance. To require a rational freethinker to submit to such a morally and intellectually repugnant indignity in order to receive desperately needed assistance is barbaric and despicable. And for that fact alone the Salvation Army should be shunned by decent and reasonable people.
The Salvation Army is not worthy of financial support. Instead, donate to a secular charity like Toys for Tots, Goodwill Industries, or the American Red Cross, this holiday season.
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