Salvation Army Updates Position On Gay Community
Just in time for the holiday bell ringing season (and to ward off a boycott launched by Truth Wins Out), the Salvation Army has updated a particularly nasty association with anti-gay groups that has plagued its reputation for years.
In a letter penned to TWO's Associate Director Evan Hurst, the Salvation Army's Director of Communications Jennifer Byrd pledges the organization's commitment to the gay community, and announces the scrubbing of ex-gay groups linked to on the charity's website.
Byrd writes on behalf of the Salvation Army:
We sincerely appreciate you bringing this matter to our attention. As you know, The Salvation Army strives to live out our mission of meeting human need without discrimination. Our doors are always open to anyone who seeks our help, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. We simply do not discriminate against the people we serve or the people we hire.
We have removed the page of referrals for sexual addiction centers. Truthfully this was an old page that had been archived but was reposted when we launched our new website last month. We apologize for our oversight and any confusion this may have caused. The Salvation Army does not consider homosexual orientation a sin. Please know that we serve anyone who comes to our doors without discrimination.
While the words are nice and the removal of links to anti-gay groups a tangible sign of progress, we've can't help but remember being in this position before with the Salvation Army. The evangelical church charity has long said that it does not discriminate against sexual orientation, yet it has, on multiple occasions, used its funds to support the criminalization of homosexuality in various countries around the world (head to Bilerico for examples).
So, we won't hold our breath while this olive branch is extended before us, but we certainly hope that the Salvation Army has finally come around to its senses.