Religion and Spirituality

The Salvation Army: "Doing the Most Good"… Unless You Support Gay Rights

As Christmas draws near and the bell ringers outside of King Soopers have returned, asking for donations to the Salvation Army, perhaps now would be a good time to turn a critical eye to what they really stand for.

On their website their position statement on homosexuality says that they do not wish to demean homosexuals but call upon them to live a life of celibacy (which I shall show is bollocks in a post to follow). They also state:

In keeping with these convictions, the services of The Salvation Army are available to all who qualify, without regard to sexual orientation.

That statement may be true for individual homosexuals, but does not align when you consider their actions in 2004, when they threatened to remove their services from New York City in protest of a bill that would give same-sex couples equal marital benefits at the cost of thousands of homeless.

Can somebody explain the logic these people are using to justify depriving non-homosexuals of food and shelter so that people who probably aren’t seeking help from them anyway can have equal rights?

In 2001 they also rescinded health benefits to gay and lesbian employees.

Recently I found a website going under the name of the “Salvation Navy” which is urging people to, in the name of gay rights, deposit fake bill-brochure things in protest of the organizations treatment of gay rights.

But but but but but they’re still helping people, right? And can you really justify refusing somebody help because of the way they treat gays?

Yes, yes I can. Because I’m not refusing help, I’m giving other organizations help in helping people. The Red Cross, for example, helps people and they have actually been known to support gay rights. For example, trying to get the FDA to allow gay men to donate blood. As far as I can tell, that solitary act of support completely negates the Salvation Army’s slogan of “doing the most good”. Give to an organization that really does do the most good.

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  1. DataJack
    December 21, 2009 at 5:27 pm —

    I think what they are doing is a sort of “blackmail” style political badgering – and it is reprehensible. Basically, they are stating that they will stop providing a needed service (to a underprivileged class) unless the government (i.e., NY) follows a particular political agenda.

    Of course, they are a private institution, so they can do what they want, and it won’t be illegal. But it is highly immoral. And, sadly, expected from these people who get their values, morals, and ways of thinking from an ancient collection of goat-herders’ stories.

  2. December 22, 2009 at 1:36 am —

    Thereby showing another example that religious people are not more moral than non religious ones. If you are a douche, you are a douche, and there is nothing that will change that unless there is an intervention. And unfortunately, these people are being a douche.

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