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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:51 AM

I plan on making plenty of donations to Salvation Army this year.....



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/26/salvation-army-gay-rights-voucher_n_2192085.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices

Salvation Army's Red Kettle Holiday Campaign Takes Heat From Gay Rights Activists

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign is once again coming under intense scrutiny from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates.

America Blog is asking LGBT shoppers and allies to give downloadable "vouchers" to Salvation Army bell ringers in lieu of cash in an effort to let the organization know that "bigotry is not a Christmas value," according to blogger John Aravosis.

"The Salvation Army discriminates against gay people, and discriminating donors should find another charity this Christmas than evangelical bigots who advocate against our civil rights," Aravosis writes. "And not just that –- they’ve actively lobbied against pro-gay policies in a number of countries as well."


I'm printing out a bunch of these vouchers I got from HuffPost and I plan to use them quite generously!

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Reply I plan on making plenty of donations to Salvation Army this year..... (Original post)
LynneSin Nov 2012 OP
lyingsackofmitt Nov 2012 #1
rurallib Nov 2012 #6
lyingsackofmitt Nov 2012 #9
rurallib Nov 2012 #10
niyad Nov 2012 #2
femrap Nov 2012 #3
spinbaby Nov 2012 #4
dr.strangelove Nov 2012 #5
SheilaT Nov 2012 #7
EC Nov 2012 #8

Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 11:20 AM

1. Stephanie Miller

I was listening to her show this morning and she was plugging donating to the salvation army, she even mentioned having a contest against Bill Press to see who could get in the most donations. Stephanie is an out Lesbian, I guess she doesn't know about their anti LGBT policies.

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Response to lyingsackofmitt (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 01:23 PM

6. stephanie had the head of the Salvation Army on yesterday

and he categorically denied any discrimination by his group.
She pounded him on it and he did not waver.
Convinced me.

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Response to lyingsackofmitt (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 10:39 AM

10. yes - shortly after i wrote that Steph was pulling back

we are all human.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 11:31 AM

2. I love those--will be printing them off for myself, saves time talking to the bell ringers.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 12:30 PM

3. I was under the impression

 

that the Salvation Army made the hungry listen to a 'sermon' before they could eat...at least that was the deal in certain locations.

I think that sucks. So I never gave to them. Aren't they an 'organized religious' group?

People are hungry. Feed them. If they WANT to listen to the 'sermon' after eating, fine.

I give to a local group that feeds the hungry....no religious sermons provided.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 01:18 PM

4. We send a check to the Salvation Army every year

Sixty years ago when my parents first came to this country, the Salvation Army helped them find a place to live and get established. My father was an atheist who disliked religion intensely, but he donated to the Salvation Army until his death 20 years ago because they helped him. I continue to donate because they helped my family.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 01:22 PM

5. My wife worked for the SA, its actually a "religion"

Its a true church. It would be like asking the catholics to hire a gay person. Kind of goes against their beliefs. We stopped giving them money years ago for a variety of reasons. My feelings on churches is that we need to stop giving them any tax breaks and then let them do whatever they want. Until we do, they are government funded and can not discriminate. But honestly, I'd rather let them discriminate and get my money back. Make em pay tax like the rest of us.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 01:37 PM

7. I have been aware of their anti-gay stand for some years now,

and have not put money in their kettles in at least a decade.

At Christmas time I try to do at least one or two of the things where you give specific donations to specific needy people. Where I work, there's a tree set up with paper ornaments on it with a name and the one or two things requested. The organization that put it up works with senior citizens. The ornament I have has the name Peppy on it, a female who is requesting a robe and a nightgown. Well, she's going to get at least two robes, slippers, and an afghan I'm crocheting, as well as the robe. Maybe I'll throw in a gift back of bubble bath while I'm at it. This is the kind of thing that makes me understand how very wealthy I really am. I don't need to beg total strangers for a bathrobe and nightgown.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 01:49 PM

8. Do what you want

but when it comes to helping people - they do not ask if you're gay...they help.

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