Just Say No to Red Kettles?

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December 14, 2013; Christian Post

It’s once again the time of year when the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community points an accusatory finger at the Salvation Army and wags another at anyone who drops a dollar into a red kettle. Activists argue that the Salvation Army is prejudiced against LGBT people and encourage everyone to donate their money elsewhere. The religious organization counters that they do not discriminate and that they serve all those in need, including homosexuals.

Through a public relations firm, the Salvation Army told the Christian Post that their “mission is clear: to provide services to those in need without discrimination. The Salvation Army treats everyone with equal love, dignity and respect regardless of who they are. We are especially proud of our service to thousands of LGBT community members each and every day.”

As a matter of fact, the nonprofit has taken steps to appease the queer community. Last month, the Salvation Army dropped links to two ex-gay ministries, which it had listed as sexual addiction resources, from its website. This garnered the applause and gratitude of Truth Wins Out, a “non-profit organization that works to demolish the very foundation of anti-gay prejudice.”

No Red Kettles, an online community, is not as forgiving. A blog post explains that the issue is not about who is being served or not. “Our objections to the Salvation Army lie in their continued promotion of a bigoted ideology, and how they have used their clients as bargaining chips while discriminating against their LGBT employees,” Sarah writes. She gives a couple of examples from the group’s history of Salvation Army discrimination, including turning down government contracts, which resulted in closure of homeless and elderly programs, so as not to provide spousal benefits to same-gender couples.

Another No Red Kettles blogger, Lauren, dismisses any olive branch the Salvation Army offers because “the church has yet to repudiate any of its explicitly anti-gay beliefs.”

The Salvation Army will not declare gay is okay any time soon. It is a Christian organization, and an evangelical one at that. Like the pope, it is softening its image, but the core dogma remains intact. So, as you walk by the cheerful bell ringers and contemplate tossing money into the red kettle, stop and ask yourself, “Do I want to keep the Salvation Army and its ideology going, or would I rather donate to another organization?”—Erwin de Leon

  • Roy

    I will donate to every one I can find. The LGBT ideology is anti-family and societally unsustainable. Whether you believe in the tenets of Christianity or not, Judeo-Christian ideology is the best foundation of a moral and ethical society on the planet.

  • AmericanDad

    It sounds like the LGBT community is intolerant of anyone with a different view… even if they do the right thing for others.

  • laraine

    I’m not a Christian and both my sons are gay. But I won’t pass a Salvation Army kettle without contributing something. They do good work, and, yes, maybe their policies aren’t strictly pc, but they feed and clothe anyone who asks for help (and some who don’t ask–like children,) and upwards of 80 or 85% of their donations go to help people. Check out how many other charitable organizations can say the same. Not many.

  • Jerald Wilhite

    I am so sick of all of this crap! When did our society degenerate to a point where we are solely defined by what sx we choose to have sex with? Isn’t there anything more by which you choose to identify yourselves than your sexual behavior?
    Why do we have to listen to your religious rants about being gay? Religion is defined by what you worship. What you worship is defined by what you choose to spend your time on. So – worship your sexual behavior all you want, but quit forcing your religious views down our throats.

  • Jesse James

    Ok, if you run into financial turmoil. Become homeless,gay,lesbian or strait…
    Find a Salvation Army,live there,get back on your game,then ask yourself (what if)???
    The Salvation Army will help you Know Matter What you are!!
    They help drug addicts,homeless,alchoholics,scitsofrentics,o.c.d.,sycosis patients and everyone in between.
    I’ll put a buck in the red bucket for sure.
    The person holding it is being helped,ask him about his story and see how you feel about a dollar after that.

  • Nichola
  • C Lepone

    When I was little, my father told me the story of how the Salvation Army was the only place he could get a warm bed and meal during the great depression. I never forgot that. Neither did he. He always put something in those red kettles. And so do I. So do my children. It’s a family tradition of gratitude in his honor.

  • lintx

    Am so tired of these other groups (religious or non-religious) telling others what they should do or not do or who should be supported or not supported. If someone wants to belong and/or support nonprofit organizations that should be an individual choice. I have known many people who have been helped through the Salvation Army via different walks of life and if I and anyone wants to donate to them that is their business or personal choice. Kind of look at it like “voting” – who I vote for is nobodies business but mine, not another relative, neighbor, co-worker, etc. If members of the LGBT don’t want to put a dime, quarter, dollar bill, etc. into a “Red Kettle” that is your choice not mine. If I worked for any organization and felt my civil rights had been discriminated against then that is also between me and the employer, not the ACLU or the LGBT, etc.).. Can we all get back to being the “Home of the Brave and Land of the Free”. You all live your lives they way you want to and many of us will live our lives our way and support whoever we want to as long as the organization is legit and provides the services they claim they provide. Plain and simple.

  • George Huber

    Look, let me be clear – I was in the service over a long period of time & the Salvation Army is a quality organization. They went where few others chose to go for the service man. I do not have anything against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community unless they start picking on people who wish them no harm, but do not agree with the way they believe. Isn’t this the reason I spent most of my life to accomplish ? Think about freedom & then get with the program.
    Stop picking on people who do not believe as you desire. And don’t drag out someone who never saw combat but got a Purple Heart for some non-combat injury to disagree with me

  • Duke Snyder

    Even more to divide this country. Just as favoring Capitalism over Socialism is not RACISM…donating to the Salvation Army is not in itself a vote against the gay community!

  • Abby

    “The Salvation Army will not declare gay is okay any time soon. It is a Christian organization”

    Being a Christian organization has little to do with whether they approve of homosexuality. A lot of individual Christians, as well as Christian churches and organizations, embrace homosexuality as completely normal. Saying that the Salvation Army won’t declare being gay ok because they’re Christian is poor logic.

    Otherwise, this is a well-written article. Thanks for explaining the situation further.