Sunday, December 16, 2012

Why My Family Does Not Give a Cent to the Salvation Army

From and my blog posting there:
In this holiday season, along with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, there was Giving Tuesday. On Giving Tuesday, area charities took time to remind people that the holiday season is more than simply being materialistic, or falling for the smart merchandising campaign of Madison Avenue. Giving Tuesday is meant to strike a different note of simply giving to those in want and need. This is a day to raise awareness of the non-profits who are doing good work in this world.
In this season of gift giving, and amid the various non-profit and religious groups who are asking for donations, not all groups or organizations are the same in terms of charity to all, and with malice toward none. Sadly, one of the groups that my family, friends, and straight allies avoid is the conservative evangelical Christian church known as the Salvation Army. We do not give to the Salvation Army. We avoid their red kettles and ignore the people ringing the bell for the Salvation Army because they do not support nor believe in the possibility of people living together as same sex parents. According to the Salvation Army:
Scripture opposes homosexual practices by direct command, and also by clearly implied disapproval. The Bible treats such practices as self-evidently abnormal. Attempts to establish or promote such relationships as viable alternatives to heterosexually based family life do not conform to God’s will for society.
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