When you see the Salvation Army kettle this Christmas season, please pause and think before throwing in your money. The Salvation Army does a lot of good work but donors should remember that it’s also an organization that doesn’t believe in equality for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. It’s an evangelical church that helps to pay the salaries of lobbyists fighting gay rights legislation. Last year they also refused to distribute Harry Potter and Twilight toys collected for needy children because they’re incompatible with the charity’s Christian beliefs. Surely there are better places to give.
Some web sources:
- Why You Shouldn’t Donate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers, The Bilerico Project
- Sally Ann Bans Harry Potter
- The Salvation Army—Naughty or Nice?, The Chicagoist
- Facebook group: Boycott the Salvation Army