Defeating the Salvation Army
This essay was originally published at A Political Paradox. It has been reformatted and reposted here with explicit permission from the author.
Stop supporting the Salvation Army.
Much like an actual army, this one has a long history of wreaking havoc on the innocent. Fortunately, if we stop paying them, they stop existing - so let's do that.
The Salvation Army is homophobic.
- They have campaigned against homosexuality becoming legalized in various countries.
- They believe that being gay is a “social disease” that only God's love can cure.
- They repeatedly spread the myth that gay people are promiscuous, diseased, and corrupt.
The Salvation Army is racist.
- They removed Aboriginal children from their families and gave them to white families.
- They call traditional African religion “witchcraft” and tried to remove it from South Africa's constitution.
The Salvation Army is a religious cult.
- Members are can only marry within the organization, and they have to leave if they marry “civilians”, which is what they call those who aren't members.
- Members have to get permission to go on dates.
- They use funds raised for charity for evangelical work.
- The founder claimed that it was not “whether a man died in the poorhouse but if his soul was saved”.
- They aim to control lives so much that they even condemn computer and arcade games.
The Salvation Army are criminals.
- They steal money from the sale of donated clothing.
- They sell donated clothing to Third World countries.
- They burned down a building to hide illegal activity (but got caught and charged).
- They were forced to pay back $9 million for fraud, because they falsely classified job seekers as disadvantaged to receive more government money.
The Salvation Army supports the War on Drugs.
- They claim that marijuana is just as harmful for people as hard drugs.
- They support tougher drug enforcement policies, which even the police admit don't work.
The Salvation Army exploits poor and disabled people.
- They employ disabled people for only $20/week.
- They make homeless and/or alcoholic members work for meager wages while paying to live in their shelters.
- They don't allow women to live in these shelters.
- They argue that the symptoms of poverty (alcohol abuse, prostitution, etc.) are its cause.
Charity can be a wonderful thing. The Salvation Army isn't.
You can find a list of more reputable charities here.
4 May 2017