Thursday, November 20, 2008

Donate Your Gay Dollar to Salvation Army - or not!

We are all aware of the Salvation Army fundraisers who stand outside retail shops ringing bells and asking for donations during the holiday season. Let's revive the old Gay Dollars campaign this year and mark every dollar that we drop into a Salvation Army pail with "Gay Dollar."

The campaign started in 2001 in response to Salvation Army Rescinds Benefits to Gay Partners.

Here's the most up-to-date Salvation Army comments on homosexuality:

The Salvation Army holds a positive view of human sexuality. Where a man and a woman love each other, sexual intimacy is understood as a gift of God to be enjoyed within the context of heterosexual marriage. However, in the Christian view, sexual intimacy is not essential to a healthy, full, and rich life. Apart from marriage, the scriptural standard is celibacy.

Sexual attraction to the same sex is a matter of profound complexity. Whatever the causes may be, attempts to deny its reality or to marginalize those of a same-sex orientation have not been helpful. The Salvation Army does not consider same-sex orientation blameworthy in itself.

Homosexual conduct, like heterosexual conduct, requires individual responsibility and must be guided by the light of scriptural teaching.Scripture forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex. The Salvation Army believes, therefore, that Christians whose sexual orientation is primarily or exclusively same-sex are called upon to embrace celibacy as a way of life. There is no scriptural support for same-sex unions as equal to, or as an alternative to, heterosexual marriage.

Likewise, there is no scriptural support for demeaning or mistreating anyone for reason of his or her sexual orientation. The Salvation Army opposes any such abuse.

In keeping with these convictions, the services of The Salvation Army are available to all who qualify, without regard to sexual orientation. The fellowship of Salvation Army worship is open to all sincere seekers of faith in Christ, and membership in The Salvation Army church body is open to all who confess Christ as Savior and who accept and abide by The Salvation Army's doctrine and discipline.

Scriptures: Genesis 2:23-24; Leviticus 18:22; Mark 2:16-17; Romans 1:26-27; Romans 5:8; I Corinthians 6:9-11; I Corinthians 13; Galatians 6:1-2; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; I Thessalonians 5:14-15; I Timothy 1:15-16; Jude 7

If you decide to donate money to the Salvation Army this year, make sure you mark your bills with "Gay Dollar."

This is a reply posted to this as well, that I wanted to add:"I have a dear friend who is in recovery from addiction. During her treatment, she was court mandated to live for several months in a Salvation Army transitional treatment center, where instead of focusing on her recovery from substances, they chose to focus on 'curing' her from her 'homosexual affliction.' The fact that she was able to emerge from this disgusting attack on her very being and maintain both her sobriety and her sanity is a true testament to her inner strength. It wasn't easy for her, and this organization made it even harder by attempting to indoctrinate her with anti-gay hatred during an incredibly vulnerable time in her life. They are worse than a cult. The Salvation Army will NEVER see one gay penny of my gay money, and I make sure everyone I meet knows why, including those bell ringers."
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