Skip to comments.The Salvation Army - naughty or nice?
Posted on 12/14/2009 12:45:15 PM PST by SmithL
The halls aren't the only thing getting decked this holiday season.
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," ... "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.
"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."
There's no whitewashing their beliefs, if you oppose them, though the Army mission also is clear that its relief services are available to anyone "without regard to sexual orientation."
(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...
It’s the one charity I trust. It’s the one that you see really doing something for the poor so you might know the libs would be going after them.
When God’s mega quake hits Homo Bay, they shall see who shows up first.
Sure they do good things. It doesn’t change the fact that they are a homophobic organization.
The Salvation Army and my church are the ONLY places that get my donations/tithes.
Another reason why I donate to the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army? Darn near Saintly!
If there are ‘good guys’ in the world, it’s the Salvation Army.
Where do you get homophobe? It doesn’t say they’re AFRAID of homosexshals, it says they don’t condone the behavior. Big difference there, Cheif.
I agree and even though I probably can’t afford it I will be giving MORE to them this year. This organization really does good work.
And THAT is why I drop money in the pots when I hear the bells....I LOVE THIS CHARITY and I LOVE ST. JUDE’s CHILDREN’s research and hospital charity and doctors without borders....ALL DO THE RIGHT THING WITH MINIMAL OVERHEAD...UNLIKE UNITED WAY which is a cesspool of crap.
“If there are good guys in the world, its the Salvation Army.”
That’s why the liberals must destroy them.
I don’t mind dropping them some change outside of Wally World. Now when United Way comes into my workplace, I tell them to go to hell.
Glad to see they are on God’s side. Remember Sodom and Gomorrah.
I never pass by one of their kettles but they are getting ones this year instead of fives.
LOL, who are they to judge anyone. Condone, rofl.
EHH Wrong answer!
They are a Church! Churches cannot be expected to accept sin of any kind. What is the matter, can you not see the illogical and insane thought process that even invents a word, like homophobia, to attempt to manipulate people into accepting a social ill?
If my neighbor decides to get his jollies from a hole in a tree in his front yard, are we to accept that as normal and healthy too?
The Salvation Army is an outstanding charity!
“It raises about $2 billion a year and spends an impressive 89 percent of that on services - food, shelter, foster care and HIV programs.”
You would hate to hear what percentage of Social Security and Medicare income is used to run the system itself. If they disbursed 89 percent of the money they take in, we’d be fine.
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