Are Anti-Gay Policies Hurting the Salvation Army's Coffers?
f you've done any shopping this holiday season, you've likely seen (and heard) a few bellringers for the Salvation Army. Standing outside the local Sears or JC Penney, oodles and oodles of winter-coat wearing bell ringers are hanging out next to red kettles hoping to net donations for the Christian relief organization. For years, gay rights activists have continued to point out that while the Salvation Army preaches charity work with one ring of the bell, they also happen to be selling a dose of homophobia with the other ring. The Salvation Army considers homosexuality immoral, and has an official policy statement that says "Scripture forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex."
That statement is pretty tame compared to other blasts against LGBT people that have popped up on Salvation Army Web sites around the globe. A few years back, the Salvation Army in Australia went so far as to say that homosexuality was akin to rebellion against God. Nothing says charity, perhaps, like some good old-fashioned homophobia.