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Ugh, this is very disappointing to hear.
The Salvation Army has had their share of scandals when it comes to the LGBT community, and despite what they say publicly, it seems that they're still pretty darn homophobic. Well, at least when it comes to the people who work for them.
The Methodist organization claims to be non-discriminatory against anyone, including the LGBT community, but internal documents that have been leaked say something much different. For example, it's illegal to not hire someone based on sexual orientation, but the Salvation Army will sure as heck tell you what you can and can't do about your sexuality. In a memo written by midwest Commissioner Paul Seiler, titled "LGBT issues," everything is laid plain. Including the mention that "This is not for public use, including social media of any sort."
"Leadership roles in denominational activities such as teaching or holding local officer roles require certain adherence to consistently held spiritual beliefs. This would apply to any conduct inconsistent with Salvation Army beliefs and would include same-sex sexual relationships."
An individual's sex life is absolutely up for discussion:
"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. This is the long-standing expectation of all individuals in ministry roles in The Salvation Army, including lay people."
The memo also states that SA officers are not to officiate a same-sex wedding, and not to attend one. But if you must attend one, you must do so "out of uniform" and at a "non-Army facility." If you don't follow these rules, you may be fired.
In response to this memo being shared, the director of communications, Jennifer Byrd, explained:
The Salvation Army is a religious organization founded in 1865 by a Methodist minister. As such all 3,500 officers that you see wearing a uniform are ordained ministers in The Salvation Army church. The letter you reference addresses the theology of the organization and is used to help guide Salvation Army officers as they navigate the LGBT issue nationwide. While The Salvation Army has a theology of marriage, it also has a theology of service. Please know that the requirement of celibacy for single officers – those who are heterosexual and those who are members of the LGBT community – has always been a policy in The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army serves 30 million people a year without discrimination, as you will see by the information included in the communications packet you have.
We realize our message of service to the LGBT community and our non-discriminatory employment practices have been overlooked, misconstrued or misunderstood in recent years, and our focus the past 12-18 months has to be address these failings. We have traveled the country extensively meeting with Salvation Army officers and employees to help communicate the mission of The Salvation Army as it relates to the LGBT community and encourage them to reach out to LGBT organizations on a local level as we have on a national level.
The issue here isn't whether or not the SA outwardly supports the LGBT community, it's the hypocrisy!
As a religious organization, it makes sense that they'd have stricter conduct rules than most organizations, but then why act like they support the LGBT community when they clearly do not? It's like when former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling gave money to the NAACP but was found to be still very much a racist anyway.
The point is that the Salvation Army needs to be consistent. Either they support the LGBT community or they do not.
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