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. Yet because our organization is rooted in faith, a chorus repeatedly rises that insists we are anti-LGBTQ.
Salvation Army commander: Yes, we are faith-based charity. But we serve and love everyone.
Salvation Army: Despite hate, misinformation, we serve LGBT community
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.
The Salvation Army says it doesn’t discriminate against LGBTQ people. Critics say that’s not true.
By Rich Lowry. December 6, pm Updated December 6, pm. The images of the South Bend mayor and Democratic presidential candidate participating in the Red Kettle Ring Off, a friendly competition between officials from South Bend and near-by Mishawaka over who can raise more for the Salvation Army during a day of bell-ringing, date from The gay publication Out reported them as if it had broken a major, or at least a noteworthy, story.
Scripture forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex. The Salvation Army believes, therefore, that Christians whose sexual orientation is primarily or exclusively same-sex are called upon to embrace celibacy as a way of life. There is no scriptural support for same-sex unions as equal to, or as an alternative to, heterosexual marriage. Likewise, there is no scriptural support for demeaning or mistreating anyone for reason of his or her sexual orientation. The Salvation Army opposes any such abuse.