#1 The Salvation Army - Naughty or Nice?
12-15-2009, 04:00 AM
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- Aug 2005
"The first hand that reaches to pull you from the rubble of our next earthquake," Shea O'Neill wrote on the SFAppeal Web site last week, "will be the Anti-Gay Hand of the Salvation Army."
The Salvation Army, the country's biggest charity, is taking it full on the chin from a social media network mobilized against the organization's position on homosexuality and other social sins.
Twitter, Facebook and gay Web sites are lit up with protest and calls for donor boycotts. The Army's official same-sex statement suggests it's unlikely those cheery volunteers ringing bells over red kettles will be donning gay apparel anytime soon.
While homosexuals are not "blameworthy," the statement says, "Scripture forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex." The Army is an unabashedly evangelical, religious entity, after all, and has also resisted domestic partner benefits for its employees.
Last month, there was another stink about the Army's Houston division demanding to see Social Security cards of needy parents before providing toys for their kids. Angry protesters claimed this was discrimination against cardless illegal immigrants.
Before we take the predictable San Francisco, to-the-barricades view on all this, let's consider the Catholic concept of "proportionalism." This means (roughly, my interpretation) that bad conduct can be acceptable if a much greater good is being accomplished.
The Salvation Army served 33 million people in the United States last year. It raises about $2 billion a year and spends an impressive 89 percent of that on services - food, shelter, foster care and HIV programs.
It is a consistent and reliable disaster relief group.
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12-15-2009, 04:20 AM
If they don't like it they can get a handout somewhere else or go get some of that obama money!
SonnabendGuest12-15-2009, 07:13 AMIt is a consistent and reliable disaster relief group.
- Join Date
- Apr 2004
- The Swamps of N. Florida
12-15-2009, 12:27 PM
Luckily, the vicious members of the pro-gay groups aren't the donor base for the SA. What money those people give to charitable groups is completely dictated by their sexual politics.
I'll continue to give to the SA. ;)
12-15-2009, 12:29 PM
The Salvation Army is a private entity. Gay people who don't like their policies can donate money elsewhere.
Even if the SA doesn't hire openly gay people to work for them, I've never heard of them denying someone food or clothing because he or she was gay. Maybe shelter-single adults are usually in different shelters from family groups (except domestic violence shelters). That policy has nothing to do with sexual orientation, and everything to do with reducing the risk of sexual abuse of children in their shelter.
I do know how the SA gives food away here at the holidays-most of their referrals come from DHS. So, along with the referral letter from DHS, the SA will want some type of identification to ensure that the person picking the food up is the same one referred by the Department. It's not about refusing illegal aliens, but about verifying identification.
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