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.
While I understand the good intentions behind this post, I have to point out that (as an ex Salvation Army member- and I wasn’t driven out, I changed my beliefs) this post is inaccurate.
Even though the group’s official stance is anti-gay, I have yet to find an individual within the organisation that shares this belief. It is still important that you donate this Christmas, as thousands are helped by it who have no involvement in the homophobic stances of the church.
I would also point out that although the official stance is homophobic, the Salvation Army does not discriminate or refuse aid to gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders or any other group. They are also welcome in any service and the church does not actually preach that it is wrong.
The only issue here is outdated writings.