Recently a Salvation Army Official went on the air on a talk show hosted by two gay men and stated his views on homosexuality.
For those of you too lazy to read the article, here’s a short video about it
This is similar to the Chick-fil-a controversy that happened a few months ago. TSA has had several occurrences over its lifespan of the charity (or members running the charity) committing acts against the LGBT community. But then I’ve also seen many comments such as this made by supposed members of TSA
I am a member of The Salvation Army and this story disgusts me. As an employee, I have worked with LGBTQ individuals who felt totally comfortable at our facility. I have attended Salvation Army churches with homosexuals as well, and they feel welcomed and accepted. If, in my line of work, I had even attempted to turn down service to someone because they were in a same-sex relationship (btw, the thought would never even cross my mind), I would have been reprimanded by every superior I have ever had, because it violates our policy of non-discrimination of service and does NOT represent Christian love. It’s none of my frickin’ business what kind of relationship they’re in.
I am completely understanding if the actions of one mis-informed and bigoted individual turn you off from us as a charity, because his actions were cruel and hurtful. However, if you have faith in the more progressive element of TSA, those of us who are part of the good work that happens, but deeply ashamed of stances like this, please continue to support and help us make sure that change happens (including, but not limited to the elimination of that particular position statement).
Which brings the question of if these acts are just the acts of individuals under the Salvation Army’s name or if the charity is as a whole against the community.
From the information I have right now, I think I will continue to give my money to those Santa bell ringers that stand outside the stores and are always so friendly.
What will you guys do?