UPDATE: The Salvation Army Apologizes For You Reading What They Said.

It appears the Salvation Army is hearing the cries of outrage concerning their “racism” training and advocacy.

They have written an “apology” of sorts:

The holidays are a welcome reminder of the things we are grateful for—and for the power of service on behalf of those who are less fortunate. The Salvation Army mission statement clearly outlines the nature of our service: to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The beliefs that motivate our service are based solely on the Bible, and that will never change.

But although we remain committed to serving everyone in need—regardless of their beliefs, backgrounds, or lifestyle—some individuals and groups have recently attempted to mislabel our organization to serve their own agendas. They have claimed that we believe our donors should apologize for their skin color, that The Salvation Army believes America is an inherently racist society, and that we have abandoned our Christian faith for one ideology or another.

Those claims are simply false, and they distort the very goal of our work.

The truth is that The Salvation Army believes that racism is fundamentally incompatible with Christianity, and that we are called by God to work toward a world where all people are loved, accepted, and valued. Our positional statement on racism makes this clear. These beliefs and goals are critically important because we know that racism exists, and we are determined to do everything the Bible asks of us to overcome it.

The Salvation Army occasionally publishes internal study guides on various complex topics to help foster positive conversations and grace-filled reflection among Salvationists. By openly discussing these issues, we always hope to encourage the development of a more thoughtful organization that is better positioned to support those in need. But no one is being told how to think. Period.

In this case, the guide “Let’s Talk About Racism,” was issued as a voluntary resource, but it has since become a focus of controversy. We have done our best to provide accurate information, but unfortunately, some have chosen to ignore those efforts. At the same time, International Headquarters realized that certain aspects of the guide may need to be clarified.

Consequently, for both reasons, the International Social Justice Commission has now withdrawn the guide for appropriate review.

We at The Salvation Army remain undeterred in our mission because we are confident in the power of the gospel, and because millions of vulnerable Americans need our help. And we remain deeply grateful for the support of a generous public—people from all walks of life and from all parts of the country—who help us meet human need wherever it exists. Our supporters know that ours is a message of love, even for those who disagree or attack us. That is the model set by Christ, and we strive to follow it every day.

May God bless you, and Merry Christmas. (emphasis ours)

Two words: TONE DEAF.

This isn’t a case where people made stuff up about the Salvation Army. We here at ROH didn’t believe the rumors as to what the Salvation Army was doing until we read it in their own documentation and literature.

Instead of owning the problem, the Salvation Army has the gall to claim that their own literature doesn’t say what is on the paper?

They want to try and blame others for their “beliefs?”

The Salvation Army says they have “withdrawn the guide for appropriate review.”

We imagine that means “we are pulling it for awhile because we need people to dump money in the kettles because this is our biggest fund raising time of the year. On December 26, we will bring back the guide and you suckers won’t even know it!”

Or, “give us your money so instead of helping people, we can foster this anti-Christian belief.”


Not buying it.

No way.

No how.

Still walking past the kettles.

Well, maybe we’ll stop to donate some coal to the cause

That’s what they deserve.

One Response to “UPDATE: The Salvation Army Apologizes For You Reading What They Said.”

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  2. drowningpuppies says:

    Good stuff and wholeheartedly agree.
    When charities become political I feel they are no longer a charity and have become social activists and it is too bad because the Salvation Army was one of the good ones.