A close friend of mine in St. Louis, who wishes to remain anonymous took a picture on December 15, 2015 of a Salvation Army worker holding up a sign claiming that they will gladly take donations just as long as they are not from anyone supporting gay rights. But, this is nothing new when it comes to Salvation Army in which the organization has taken a stand against the LGBT community for many years.
- 1986: The Salvation Army in New Zealand raised awareness against the Homosexual Law Reform Act which at the time made it illegal for adult men to engage in sexual relations with other adult males. Later that year, the Salvation Army withdrew from aligning themselves with this act and apologized to the LGBT community.
- 1998: The Salvation Army of the United States chose to decline about $3.5 million dollars in contracts with the city of San Francisco for homeless shelters and senior citizen housing because at the time a large population of the LGBT community resides in this major metropolitan area. The Salvation Army backed out of the deal when one of the requirements proposed by the backers of the money included spouse benefits for same sex partners.
- 2000:The Salvation Army of Scotland threatened to pull any school fundings that allowed students and faculty to recognize same sex relationships and cited them as ‘pretend families.’ The Salvation Army stated that they would not be a part of a school structure that allows children of gay couples to grow up knowing that they will become gay. (There is not proven predisposition that a child will grow up to be gay simply because they have parents that are gay, In fact, it is more common for gay children to be the product of a heterosexual couple than a gay couple).
- 2001: The Salvation Army of the United States actually reached out to the White House and requested that they be sanctioned to be exempt from any anti-gay discrimination clauses or to allow same sex couples of their employees. The Bush Administration denied their requests.
- 2004: The Salvation Army of New York threatened to close down all of its homeless shelters for those of the LGBT community.
- 2012: The Salvation Army of Burlington, Vermont was accused of terminating a worker after discovering that she was bisexual.
The church that represents the Salvation Army had outlined in their handbook that “they reserve the right to make employee decisions on the basis of an employee’s conduct or behavior that is incompatible with the principles of the Salvation Army and that while it is a choice by the individual, the church takes the stand that it is the wrong choice because they believe it goes against the will of God.“I would like to point out that this stance is argumentative even today and not solely with the Salvation Army. For instances, I have friends who believe that according to the bible, homosexuals are an abomination while others believe that we should not hate the sinner but the sin, suggesting that the person is not an abomination but the sin itself is. I argue that is just a play with semantics. I am a heterosexual male and a Christian and I do not see homosexuallty between adults as a sin therefore; I do not believe that the individual or engagement is sinful. Now, I do draw the line at pedophilia and there lies the sin. But, who are we to decide what is or is not God’s will? We should just love one another as Jesus would have and allow God to decide who or what is against His will.