Target: The Salvation Army General André Cox
Goal: Stop discrimination against LGBT people among the ranks of the Salvation Army charity organization.
Salvation Army leaders cannot enter same sex marriages and must remain celibate if they’re not married. This flies in the face of the claim made by the Salvation Army that they have ended discrimination in their employment and hiring practices. The charity organization, best known for its bell-ringers outside of stores and on city corners who collect change for the less fortunate, has often come under fire for treating LGBT+ persons in a less than charitable manner.
According to a leaked document, marriage is still to be considered strictly between a man and a woman within the organization. “For anyone in a Salvation Army ministry position, the theological belief regarding sexuality is that God has ordained marriage to be between one man and one woman and sexual activity is restricted to one’s spouse. Non-married individuals would therefore be celibate in the expression of their sexuality.”
Keeping LGBT discrimination among ministry positions is still discrimination, and it’s wrong. If the Salvation Army is still prejudiced in its employment practices, how are people supposed to trust that the money they donate won’t be used in a discriminatory manner? LGBT persons are more vulnerable to poverty and hunger, and therefore are in more need of help than cisgender, heterosexual persons. Sign to demand that the Salvation Army lives up to its word and ends its hateful employment practices once and for all.
Dear General Cox,
It’s recently come to light via a leaked document on the official policies of the Salvation Army that the organization still holds discriminatory employment policies. According to the document, your organization still firmly holds that marriage is between a man and a woman and anyone not in a marriage must be celibate, and that this belief must be adhered to by anyone in a ministry position.
This means that anyone in a ministry position with the Salvation Army could be fired simply for expressing a kind of affection for an individual they happen to be attracted to–something that is, frankly, none of your business. It also shows that the prejudiced attitudes your organization has been accused of holding exist and have never left.
If this is how you treat your employees, why should any of the people who donate or would donate to the Salvation Army not think that the money used to help the less fortunate wouldn’t be withheld from LGBT persons, or that your shelters wouldn’t kick them out? This is unacceptable, especially considering the fact that LGBT people are more vulnerable to poverty and homelessness. We demand that you eradicate all prejudiced policies throughout your organization once and for all.
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