An message urging supporters of gay rights not to donate is carried by a Salvation Army bell ringer outside the Tillicum Centre mall in Victoria. Dec. 15, 2012. (CTV)
What’s more annoying than the constant ringing of bells by Salvation Army donation-bucket volunteers during the holiday season? The organization’s longstanding, outspoken homophobia, of course!
Last year the Salvation Army did a media blitz claiming that it no longer believes same-sex lovin’ is a sin.
Turns out they were lying. An internal document was recently leaked, and it reveals the dishonest disconnect between what the Salvation Army was telling the public — that they are more LGBT-friendly than their checkered past would indicate — and the fact that they are actually still just as homophobic as ever…
No church that takes a more or less literal reading of the scriptures will ever support gays the way they want. Personally, I have no beef with gays — I believe is it biological and not under their control.
Nonetheless, the Salvation Army has done an enormous of good work since they were founded in 19th century England: their specific message was to reach out to the poorest of the poor.
One needs a sense of balance here. Just as we are endlessly harassed by the media (this from the insufferable Huffington Post) about liberal causes, one of which is to coexist with Islam, the left needs to learn to coexist too.
Islam’s take on gays is far worse than the Salvation Army’s. But attacking Islam might bring a counter-attack: the Salvation Army is a soft target for aggressive social justice types trying to force their beliefs on our entire society.