It's that time of year again, when all the Salvation Army bells are ringing, and the school is hosting Angels Anonymous (a gift drive that supports the Salvation Army in our community)... But should you be putting your money in their donation bin?
The Salvation Army is known for their bells, their homeless shelters and their thrift stores - but what most people choose to turn a blind eye to, or simply just don't know about - is their aggressive right-wing Christian beliefs.
Last year, an Australian Salvation Army director, Andrew Craibe, was interviewed and implied that gay people should be put to death -
Interviewer: According to the Salvation Army, [gay people] deserve death. How do you respond to that, as part of your doctrine?
Craibe: Well, that's a part of our belief system.
Interviewer: So we should die.
Craibe: You know, we have an alignment to the Scriptures, but that's our belief.
On the Salvation Army website it says that "The Salvation Army affirms the New Testament standard of marriage, that is, the voluntary and loving union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others, this union being established by an authorised ceremony [...] 'One man and one woman' means that marriage is possible only between members of the opposite sex."
Since 1986, the Salvation Army has actively discriminated against the LGBTQ* community, and has been lobbying governments all around the world with their anti-gay policies (one of which was an effort to make consensual gay sex illegal). So, when you put the money in that red bucket, or when you support the school's Angels Anonymous - think about who you're supporting, and what you're supporting - and maybe think twice before you do.
Be conscious of the world around you, SDSS.