Designed to help bell ringers answer questions from passersby, the cards include a link to online testimonials from LGBTQ people helped by the Salvation Army's array of social services, from homeless shelters to rehab clinics and food pantries. To many Americans, the Army's social services may be far more familiar than its politics or theology. For decades, they've accused Salvationsts of denying some services to same-sex couples, advocating against gay rights and adhering to a traditional theology that considers gay sex sinful. Read More. Past controversies. In the past, Salvation Army leaders have sought exemptions from federal and state anti-discrimination laws designed to protect LGBTQ people.
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The Salvation Army does without discriminating against the LGBTQ community
The images of the South Bend, Ind. The gay publication Out reported them as if it had broken a major, or at least a noteworthy, story. He also held a mayoral event at a Salvation Army center in South Bend last year. Any institution, no matter how storied or how generous, is subject to a punitive campaign of social ostracism that is often highly effective. The Salvation Army would seem a bridge too far. The first thing to know about the Salvation Army is that it is a church, founded by the Methodist preacher William Booth.
Does Salvation Army really include gays in its nondiscrimination policy? Not so much
The proliferation of communication platforms and ubiquitous internet access mean we have rich information and diverse perspectives right at our fingertips. I reap the benefits as much as anyone — professionally and personally — daily. Why take the time to read, research and rebut when we can simply scan and swipe? Assumptions are regularly presented as foregone conclusions, and facts often are drowned out by fiction. Our doors are, and always have been, open to all.
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