It’s that time of year again, when the bell ringers hit the malls and city streets with their buckets asking for donations to help the poor. It’s hard to believe that with all their good work feeding the hungry and clothing the poor that they would hold onto hate-filled and anti-human beliefs that turns any decent human being’s respect for them into contempt instead. The Christian fundamentalism that runs rampant in the Salvation Army has manifested itself in openly fighting the rights of women, homosexuals, and the terminally ill. A great deal of shame lies on the Salvation for not just for having a backwards, anti-human opinion on these matters but for fighting against these things using charity dollars.


As Jamie McGonnigal of  LGBTQNation reports:

  • When New Zealand considered passage of the Homosexual Law Reform Act in 1986, the Salvation Army collected signatures in an attempt to get the legislation killed. The act decriminalized consensual sex between gay men. The measure passed over the charity’s objections.
  • In the United Kingdom, the Salvation Army actively pushed passage of an amendment to the Local Government Act. The amendment stated that local authorities “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.” The law has since been repealed, but it led many schools and colleges to close LGBT student organizations out of fear they’d lose their government funding.
  • In 2001, the organization tried to extract a resolution from the White House that they could ignore local non-discrimination laws that protected LGBT people. While the commitment would have applied to all employees, the group claimed that it needed the resolution so it “did not have to ordain sexually active gay ministers and did not have to provide medical benefits to the same-sex partners of employees.” After lawmakers and civil rights activists revealed the Salvation Army’s active resistance to non-discrimination laws, the White House admitted the charity was seeking the exemptions.
  • Also in 2001, the evangelical charity actively lobbied to change how the Bush administration would distribute over $24 billion in grants and tax deductions by urging the White House deny funding to any cities or states that included LGBT non-discrimination laws. Ari Fleischer, White House press secretary, issued a statement saying the administration was denying a “regulation sought by the church to protect the right of taxpayer-funded religious organizations to discriminate against homosexuals.”
  • In 2004, the Salvation Army threatened to close all their soup kitchens in New York City to protest the city’s decision to require all vendors and charities doing business with the city to adhere to all civil rights laws. The organization balked at having to treat gay employees equal to straight employees.

Women’s Rights

Even their own website makes it clear they are against the rights of a woman to choose (link) “When an unwanted pregnancy occurs, The Salvation Army counsels that the parents receive caring support for their emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs, and that the unborn child be carried to term.”


"The Salvation Army believes that euthanasia and assisted suicide are morally wrong, and holds that they should continue to be illegal under Canadian law.” There you have it, the Salvation Army would rather see people suffer, this alone is a deal breaker for any one that has even a tiny bit of compassion for other human beings.

Lets not forget the silly ban on Harry Potter and Twilight Toys and their ongoing promotion of religion. When I was a little boy I went to a Salvation Army summer camp and had a great time. So it is with sadness I have to report that they are no longer an organization that deserves supporting. Stay away from the bell-ringers instead donate to to food banks, toy drives or any of these great charities:

Doctors Without Borders       Amnesty International       Sick Kids Hospital         The Children’s Wish Foundation

or any on this list all do good work.

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Comment by Michael Appleman on December 4, 2011 at 10:19pm

Are saying to shun the actual people ringing the bells, or are you talking about the organization as a whole? Because I don't see any reason to do anything worse than ignore the people ringing bells.

Comment by James on December 4, 2011 at 10:44pm

I have to agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment of not supporting the Salvation Army. I've never given to them and never will. Instead, give to organizations that are only about helping those that need it and have no ulterior motives, as I've always preferred to do.

For some reason I've always found the incessant bell ringing to be annoying, I must admit. It's like crying out for attention and making it so that you have to notice them. Maybe that's the point though. To guilt people into tossing change their way, since you can't just happen to miss them. If they only rang when someone made a donation, that would be fine. Or get the donors involved and set the bell up like Arby's. Give a donation, you get to ring the bell! :) But seriously, I feel sorry for the people who work in shops where you can here the bell ringing right out front all day long from the registers.

Comment by Bryan B on December 5, 2011 at 5:41am

ok misleading title. Changed it :)

Comment by Eoganacht on December 5, 2011 at 7:01am

my mother got help from the Salvation Army in dealing with her alcohlism. It didnt do any good in the long run (or the short run as it turned out) but I was grateful for the support they gave and the one week detox program they had gave my brothers and me the breathing space we needed. But then I have always had a long standing issue with them being a christian charity and the ads on TV defined them as "xianity with its sleaves rolled up". The do some good work here in NZ but there is always that underlining 'we are a faith-based charity' and how they are more in your face than other charities. The experiance has improved my view of them (I don't assume that all of them are fundies, just that the admin is) but I still disagree with some of their policies and practices on a moral and ethical level.

Comment by Ralph Bruechert on December 5, 2011 at 7:44am

In the second bullet above re: the Salvation Army pushing legislation that the government “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality.” How does one "promote homosexuality?" It's not a club that you can join. You can't learn to be homosexual. Either you are or you aren't. The fact that the law was passed, but thankfully later repealed, shows a frightening lack of knowledge.

P.S. I'm not gay.

Comment by Arcus on December 5, 2011 at 7:57am

After the Salvation Army manipulated my grand aunt to change her will a few months before her death, the bastards aren't getting a cent from me. Their "Christian morals" are so high they are double..

Comment by Bill Williams on December 5, 2011 at 8:24am

When I was a kid I turned to the Salvation Army in several different cities because I was hungry. I hated going because they required that I sit through a short church service before they would feed me. So, I stopped going and found food in other ways.

Here is their mission statement:

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

In sharp contrast to their incessant and deceptive marketing campaigns, their mission prioritizes "preaching" over meeting human needs, i.e., they use people's suffering as a means to promote their hateful dogma. Their marketing campaigns deceptively put people first, which is how they guilt well-meaning people into donating money, goods, and time to support their intolerant ministry.

While many of their workers and volunteers are well meaning, the organization sucks! Don't believe their bullshit. Give your money to secular charities that put human needs first.

Comment by Ed on December 5, 2011 at 8:58am

The "bell ringers" are certainly not the same as the policy pushers of the organization. Around here many that I encounter look to be local homeless people or just a step away from that situation. I would be surprised if they were even aware of the bigoted policies.

The bell is an irritant; kind of like the incessant "fah lah lah" music inside the grocery store.

Comment by Amy L. Cook on December 5, 2011 at 9:33am

I think they hire the most pitiful-looking people on purpose so that you will feel more inclined to donate. I stopped donating to these jokers years ago.

Comment by Amy L. Cook on December 5, 2011 at 10:43am

'WTF? Would you believe that this is the very first paragraph on the Salvation Army's 'Ethics Center: Abortion' page?

The Salvation Army believes in the sanctity of human life because human beings are made in the image of God.  Each person is of eternal value and each life a gift from God worth cherishing, nurturing, and preserving.'

They forgot to add 'Unless that person turns out to be homosexual'.

Totally disgusting.


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