Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Salvation Army Alternatives

(Reposted for the holidays)

This is fairly old news, but I'm still surprised how many people don't know about The Salvation Army's history of discrimination against the LGBT community. Bill Browning from the website The Bilerico Project:
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."
The ubiquity of those bell ringers makes it all too easy to give to a charity with little effort, but I know (I hope) most people would rather not give to a charity that openly discriminates. Both Bilerico and the Huffington Post  have provided a list of alternatives:

The Red Cross
Doctors Without Borders

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