Queerty published several documents that it says “confirm what we’ve suspected all along: The Christian charity discriminates against LGBT people, but it doesn’t want anyone to know about it.” Of course, this isn’t an entirely new revelation. But the documents underscore the tug of war within the Methodist organization between religious laws, which leadership believes requires discrimination when it comes to marriage and sex, and civil laws, which ban discrimination in hiring and in the workplace.
One of the documents, a four-page email sent last February by Midwest Commissioner Paul Seiler titled as “LGBT issues in light of equality of marriage laws,” lays out the Salvation Army’s theological views on homosexuality, which it calls “a profound complexity,” the organization’s position on marriage (“between one man and one woman”) and its expectations that unmarried officers be “celibate in the expression of their sexuality.” The email — marked “not for public use, including social media of any sort” — details a number of anti-gay policies that includes forbidding Salvation Army officers from marrying same-sex couples, and from wearing the Salvation Army uniform when attending a friend or family member’s same-sex marriage.
Seiler’s email adds that “leadership roles in denominational activities such as teaching or holding local officer roles require certain adherence to consistently held spiritual beliefs. This would apply to any conduct inconsistent with Salvation Army beliefs and would include same-sex sexual relationships.”
Publicly, however, talking points from the Salvation Army’s “Nondiscrimination Communications” memo says claims of anti-gay discrimination “are false:”
Pop sensation Owl City served meals today at our social service center in Dallas. The group, led by singer-songwriter Adam Young, is in town for the Rock the Red Kettle Tour to help raise awareness for The Salvation Army.
It was such a huge honor. I love what [The Salvation Army] stands for, I love to be a part of giving back and I think that’s something that kids my age maybe don’t do as much as they could. So, it’s a great opportunity to do that and right away I knew I wanted to spend my day doing this so it’s a great thing to do.
“100% of the net proceeds from the sales of this shirt will go to The Salvation Army’s Love in Action Goat Project.
The Goat Project provides families with their own goat to help them generate a sustainable source of income and in turn creating a promising future for their family. When a family receives a goat they are able to generate income by selling the milk, offspring it produces and using the manure for growing crops.
Printed with discharge inks on a pre-shrunk super soft 100% ring-spun cotton.”
The Salvation Army needs to retreat and get its act together. Either they are a pro-gay organization that supports equality or they believe that homosexuality is a sickness that can be cured. Even the greatest PR pros in the world won’t be able to square this circle.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life,
and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness,
but the darkness has not understood it.“
Penelope Wilton reads John 1:1-14 at Royal Albert Hall | 26th November, 2015 (x)
I saw my first bell ringer walking past Grand Central today, and while I’m (obviously) all for philanthropy, I just want to remind everyone the Salvation Army’s stance on marriage equality. The following is taken directly from their website:
I can only imagine. I have some photos from months ago that still get reblogged and it vaguely annoys me… But nasty responses I haven’t experienced myself. I still thank you for being the eloquent voice of reason re: the SA bigots. Please stay!
Oh, no worries, I’m not actually going any where, I’m just rather miffed I keep logging in & I see more notifications about that than actual posts on my dash. I’m grateful that people are finding out & it’s going to help create even a modicum of change, but for every 25 or 50 likes or positive reblogs, the negative ones always seem to catch my attention & make me feel kinda shitty. I keep trying to tell myself not to take it personally, but my words & my opinion are being attacked (or so it feels like) by people who don’t know the entirety of my position/opinion/intention. That just gets a bit frustrating.
I keep asking myself, if I knew this would be the outcome, would I have scrapped the post altogether? I think I would, because I think it’s an issue that needs some addressing, so I wanted to speak out about it.