2019-11-20 10:31:251 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
By Chanel Adams, Photo source: Lorie Shaull
The Salvation Army was trending nationwide on Twitter on Monday, Nov. 18. That’s because the organization is notorious for not helping the LGBTQ community. The charity isn’t covering up its homophobic behavior. Salvation Army is upset that Chick-fil-A plans to stop donating to them and to fellowship of Christian athletes.
The Salvation Army is known for spreading magic and cheer around the holidays but that’s not always the case. The organization is fighting back after Chick-fil-A dropped the Christian church and organization from its lost list of donees. The Salvation Army is a religious group that’s known for holding charitable thrift shops and homeless shelters around the nation.
They revealed that they were “saddened” by Chick-fil-A’s decision to “divert funding to other hunger, education and homeless organizations.” Chick-fil-A removed the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes from its philanthropic giving list. The fast food restaurant received criticism for donating to Christian charities that shut out the LBGTQ community. But the Salvation Army claims that it supports the LGBTQ community.
“We serve more than 23 million individuals a year, including those in the LGBTQ community,” a Salvation Army spokesperson said. “In fact, we believe we are the largest provider of poverty relief to the LGBTQ+ population.”
According to Business Insider, the Salvation Army’s statement even asked the general public for spreading “misinformation” about the Christian Church’s stance on LGBTQ issues.
"When misinformation is perpetuated without fact, our ability to serve those in need, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or any other factor, is at risk," a Salvation Army spokesperson said in a statement. "We urge the public to seek the truth before rushing to ill-informed judgment and greatly appreciate those partners and donors who ensure that anyone who needs our help feels safe and comfortable to come through our doors."
However, the Salvation Army has a history of not giving back to the LGBTQ community. According to a 2013 Huffington Post article, the church’s website included links to organizations that claim to “cure” sexual orientation through conversion therapy. Back in 2011, the church’s website included a statement asking LGBTQ Christians to “embrace celibacy,” according to the Chicago Tribune.
Every time Christmas rolls around, the Salvation Army has found new ways to clarify its position on LGBTQ issues. On its official website, it asks readers to share their position on LGBTQ issues. The website says that “Scripture forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex.” The website also revealed in that same statement that “there is no scriptural support for demeaning or mistreating anyone for reason of his or her sexual orientation.”
In addition, the church’s website also includes a statement saying that it supports the LGBTQ community.
"A diverse range of views on homosexuality exist within The Salvation Army — as among the wider Christian (and non-Christian) community," the statement reads. "But no matter where individual Salvationists stand on this matter, The Salvation Army does not permit discrimination on the basis of sexual identity in the delivery of its services or in its employment practices."
This recent controversy all stemmed from James Finn’s 2018 blog post on Medium entitled “Please Don’t Support the Salvation Army.” The blog post quickly went viral on Twitter on Monday night. In the post, Finn admitted that he used to support the Salvation Army ringers until he heard about their homophobic and transphobic views.
“Did you know that they’re so intent on discrimination that they literally let LGBTQ people die rather than provide equal services to them?” Finn wrote in his post.
Finn also included the Church’s lengthy anti-LGBTQ history. They went around the world to fight against the rights for LGBTQ people. The Salvation Army has even discriminated against their own employees, and they’ve allowed transgender people to die on the street rather than to provide them services. While the Salvation Army has opened a small number of shelters dedicated to the LGBTQ community, they still failed to mention that they don’t provide the same services to the LGBGQ community that they do to heterosexual people.
It’s hard to imagine refusing to help to people in need. During the holiday season, however, there are some other ways that individuals can be charitable. In his post, Finn included some alternatives to the Salvation Army that are pro-LGBTQ charities. People can also choose to donate to a local church or charity that also supports the LGBTQ community.
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