Salvation Army Has Suggested Gays Be Celibate, Jobless, Homeless, and/or Dead. But They’re Really Not Anti-gay.
In Full At Americablog
“I cannot believe the clip I just watched of Current TV’s Stephanie Miller, a big progressive talk radio host and openly gay, talking to Major George Hood of the Salvation Army. In the clip, titled “The truth about the Salvation Army’s stance on LGBT issues,” Miller agrees with Major Hood that the gay community’s concerns about the Salvation Army’s anti-gay history are all Internet lies.”
“First what Miller and Hood said. Then a long litany of the Salvation Army’s anti-gay hate over the decades, since apparently the Google isn’t working over at Current TV.”
STEPHANIE MILLER: We’ve gotten a lot of letters about the Salvation Army being anti-gay, can you address that?
SALVATION ARMY’S GEORGE HOOD: Well it’s a great misunderstanding that’s spread across the country, and we’re doing everything we can to re-educate and help people understand that the very mission of the Salvation Army calls for meeting the needs of humans without discrimination…. So discrimination is not something that we would gladly carry the banner or pride over, we want to dispel the notion that we do discriminate when the fact is we’re working very hard not discriminating and it is a part of our mission.
MILLER: You know, Chris, you can help me with some of the things, you know, again, you’re right, Major, once things get out there, you know…
HOOD: Many of those things start fueling through blog sites and postings on the Internet and it’s really really tough to shut them down when they get out there.
MILLER: And you don’t discriminate against hiring gays?
HOOD: We do not. We have many who work for us and will gladly tell you they work for us. It’s not a question that we ask in an interview process.
MILLER’S SIDEKICK: Are you saying there are things on the Internet that are not true?
Some Salvation Army History:
2012: Salvation Army Official Says Non-Celibate Gays Deserve to Die
On the 21st of June 2012, in an interview with Melbourne radio station Joy 94.9 FM, Major Andrew Craibe, the Salvation Army’s Territorial Media Relations Director for the Southern Territory in Victoria, stated that non-celibate gay people deserved to die. He explained that this was part of the Salvation Army’s belief system, as discussed in “Salvation Story: Salvationist Handbook of Doctrine.” He also claimed in the interview that being gay was a choice, like the consumption of alcohol.
And here’s the audio:
In the interview, Ryan told Major Craibe that she had read the Salvation Story: Salvationist Handbook of Doctrine, published in London. She went on to point out several parts which she found disturbing including “The problem of evil” (page 28) which cites Romans 1:18-32 and its vitriolic condemnation of homosexuality.
“For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error. . .
“They know God’s decree, that those who practise such things deserve to die—yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practice them.”
Asked whether the Salvation Army took the wording literally, i.e. that practicing homosexuals should be put to death, the Major Craibe replied in the affirmative. Truth Wins Out transcribed the resulting discussion
CRAIBE: Well, that’s a part of our belief system.
RYAN (cutting in): So we should die.
CRAIBE: You know, we have an alignment to the Scriptures, but that’s our belief.
RYAN: Wow. So we should die.
It goes on just as bad.
Salvation Army USA Turned Away Gay Couple in Need
But what about Hood’s other assertion, that of course the Salvation Army would never discriminate against gays in its provision of services? Well, ask gay blogger Bil Browning and his boyfriend – because they say the Salvation Army discriminated against them because they’re gay. From the NYT, last year:
Bil Browning and his boyfriend were homeless. To protect the identity of the boyfriend (now ex-boyfriend), Mr. Browning will not say specifically where, just that it was in “southern Indiana,” about 20 years ago. But he is very explicit about who refused to give them shelter.“The Salvation Army refused to help us,” Mr. Browning recalls, “unless we broke up and then left the ‘sinful homosexual lifestyle’ behind. We slept on the street, and they didn’t help when we declined to break up at their insistence.”
Mr. Browning’s boyfriend was wearing a “Silence = Death” AIDS pin on his jacket, which must have tipped off the Salvation Army worker. “He told us we needed to be saved,” Mr. Browning says. “If we were willing to attend church services, he could help. We would have to break up, only one of us could stay in the shelter, and if there was room for the other, he would have to be on the opposite side of the room, and we wouldn’t even look at each other.”
I’m not laughing. If you aren’t either, download these vouchers and put them in the Salvation Army’s red kettles instead of cash – give your money to a charity that doesn’t hate.
Read the entire Americablog post for a full accounting of Salvation Army’s blatant history of bigotry and civil violations: Here
*It’s shocking that a liberal CURRENT TV and an out so-called progressive lesbian is defending and promoting the Salvation Army. She’s not stupid, but complicit in the corporate bigotry of the Salvation Army, a faux military, fundamentalist religious charity. This is not about defending charity. Salvation Army is a sick and evil religious cult collecting money in God’s name while defiling the very meaning of Christian charity. Everyone wants to help people at the holidays…..but give to your local food bank or non-discriminating organizations.
*Current TV needs to know that it’s complicity in airing and approving a virulently anti GLTBQ lie is not acceptable. No wonder Keith Olberman left. As an act of charity send your views to CURRENT at: http://current.com/feedback.htm