Target: Salvation Army Commissioner Paul Seiler
Goals: Urge the Salvation Army to reverse its harmful anti-gay policies
The Salvation Army is one of the world’s most renowned charities, but its policies show a lack of compassion as well as discrimination against certain groups. The organization has been under fire for anti-gay statements in the past, but further evidence of discrimination against gays has surfaced recently. As a charitable organization, the Salvation Army should reject its past prejudices and be compassionate towards all groups.
An internal memo by Commissioner Paul Seiler has been leaked that demonstrates the way in which Salvation Army employees must distance themselves from homosexuality. The document said that local officers must not be in same-sex relationships. It also said that any member who is homosexual must remain celibate. Seiler even dictated that Salvation Army branding must not be worn to a same-sex wedding. Anybody who infringes upon these policies can be removed from Salvation Army affiliation.
The Salvation Army has said that they do not believe homosexuality is a sin and its policy is “we serve and hire all people without discrimination.” However, this is not the first time the organization has been ridiculed for being anti-gay. As a Christian organization, the Salvation Army has a handbook that aligns with Bible passages, and among them is one that states that non-celibate homosexuals should be put to death for their actions.
An organization that is supposed to be serving all should care for all of its employees. It is unfair to discriminate against an employee or threaten his or her positions due to their sexual orientation. Please sign the petition below to urge the Salvation Army to change its policies to be accepting towards every human.
Dear Commissioner Seiler,
As commissioner of a non-profit organization, it is your job to be compassionate and accepting towards all people. But you have shown repeatedly that you are only accepting to certain groups of individuals. Your thoughts on homosexuality are senseless and unjust, and you should adjust your policies to align with the values of what charities are all about.
Barring employees from being homosexual, or attending homosexual weddings in Salvation Army branding is not right, and you will see that you are consistently losing followers as these discriminatory policies are exposed.
Please change your anti-gay policies for the acceptance of human kind and for the sake of the future success of your organization. It is doing no good to shut out individuals who are willing to help your cause.
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