Why We Will Be Walking Past The Salvation Army Donation Kettles This Year.

We won’t be throwing any money into the Salvation Army kettles this year and perhaps going forward.

The reason is simple: the Salvation Army has embraced critical race theory.

As The Salvation Army launches its Red Kettle Campaign this holiday season, some of its long-time donors are withdrawing their support from the 156-year old charitable organization citing its newly embraced “woke” ideology as the reason.

Of great concern to loyal supporters and faithful Salvationists is the initiative dubbed “Let’s Talk About Racism.” In a nutshell, its curriculum outlines the Christian church’s alleged racial collusion and provides action steps to analyze and combat racism through an “anti-racist” lens while incorporating Critical Race Theory.

Definitions of institutional and systemic racism are included while real or perceived differences in life outcomes (“inequities”) are attributable not to individual effort and other circumstances, but to discrimination. Sections address topics including police brutality, health care and Black unemployment linking such topics to “racial inequity.”

That’s troublesome for those who note The Salvation Army has been a leader in confronting racism long before the rest of the country and over five decades before the civil rights movement. And they’re asking why then should members of an organization built by the Christian faith to actually assist people of all races in need, be repentant of behavior they never perpetuated?

The Salvation Army required regional training on the subject and also sent out to donors this pdf entitled “Let’s Talk About Racism.”

Salvation Army Lets Talk About Racism

The training / pdf defines “racism” as:


The prejudiced treatment, stereotyping or discrimination of POC on the basis of race. Racism also refers to the system of social advantage and disadvantage or privilege and oppression that is based on race.8 Racism is a marriage of racist policies and racist ideas that produces and normalizes racial inequities

Apparently, according to the Salvation Army, people of color cannot be racists. They cannot engage in the “prejudiced treatment, stereotyping or discrimination of [people] on the basis of race.”

That is fundamentally flawed.

The Salvation takes the stance that racism is a sin (and we agree) but yet only white people can be committing that sin.

We’d like to see any Biblical support that only one group can commit a certain sin. In fact, the Bible says the opposite:

where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. Colossians 3:11 (NKJV)

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 (NKJV)

It is clear that when it comes to sin, race, nationality, gender, etc., has no bearing. We are all guilty of sin.

The Salvation Army’s stance is as ridiculous as saying that only certain races can lie, commit adultery, steal, or murder.

To be clear, racism is a sin, but not everyone is a racist or commits the sin of racism.

Christians believe that sin is inherent in mankind, and it is not limited to one person or group.

In moving to the “woke” side of beliefs, the Salvation Army is in fact abandoning their Christian roots.

As part of the training and emailed materials, one will find this “guide” on how whites can address “racism:”

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We’ve highlighted the more egregious statements.

Denial of racism. We must stop denying the existence of individual and systemic/institutional racism. They exist, and are still at work to keep White Americans in power.

We aren’t denying there are racists. There are. What we are denying is that every white person is a racist and that other races cannot be racists. “Affirmative action” programs are based on race and therefore are racist.

Defensiveness about race. We have to stop taking discussions about racism as a personal attack and instead be open to hearing about our blind spots. We all carry some bias, and the only way we will get past it is to talk about it.

Silly us. Being accused of being a racist is something that we should just accept.

An accusation of being a racist is personal. It is just as personal as being falsely accused of being a thief, a liar or an adulterer.

Stop denying that White privilege exists and learn how it supports racial inequity. You may not feel privileged, but it is likely that you have been excused from numerous negative experiences, as well as benefitted positively simply because of your Whiteness. Denial of White privilege keeps the current systems affected by racism in place, and we must begin to change that.

Denial of “White privilege” is simply the denial of that which does not exist.

Have an honest awakening about race in your life. Books like White Awake and White Fragility can help, as well as earnest prayer and completing this resource.

Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility and Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist are key to the ideas that are being taught in critical race theory.

For the Salvation Army, a purported Christian organization, to recommend reading texts that violate the idea that the Gospel is colorblind shows how deep the Salvation Army has bought into what is essentially sin.

Realize that we are all unique human beings. We are all stamped with the same image of God. God sees us as all equals and loves us the same. We are joint heirs to the same Kingdom of God.

We actually agree with this sentiment. Yet the Salvation Army is putting forth the idea that we are not all “equal.”

Over at Legal Insurrection, they latch onto this statement:

I’m sorry, but there is little more hateful, condescending, and vile than treating black people like emotionally-stunted and genetically-stupid children who need white people to function. Did you catch this gem from the Salvation Army:

Take a personal inventory on race and discuss it with a friend. If you engage a trusted Black or Brown friend, please make sure they have the emotional and mental capacity to handle this.

Your emotionally- and mentally-feeble “Black and Brown friend” may be unable to “handle” your higher level self-flagellation, dripping condescension, and dehumanization of them as people, so don’t harm them by not first ensuring they are capable of reason and human feelings. Have you ever?!

This is the racist, dehumanizing race hatred masquerading as “antiracism” that white leftists (and black race hustlers and grifters) have embraced, and it is vile.

Spot on.

The Salvation Army is trying to shame the very people who donate to the organization knowing that it does (or at least used to) be color blind in its efforts.

As news of the Salvation Army’s training spread, they issued a statement:

As the country celebrates Thanksgiving today, it is 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 our service: to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. That service, and our beliefs, are based solely on the Bible and that has not, and will not, change.

Though we remain committed to serving everyone in need—regardless of their beliefs, their backgrounds, or their lifestyle—recently some individuals and groups have attempted to mislabel our organization to serve their own agenda(s). They have made outrageous claims that we believe our donors should apologize for their own racism, that The Salvation Army believes America is an inherently racist society, and that our organization has abandoned its beliefs for one ideology or another. In fact, an online petition is asking supporters to “stand against the insertion of politically charged racial ideologies into The Salvation Army’s good work.”

Those claims are 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 we are called to work toward a world where all people are loved, accepted, and valued. Our positional statement on racism makes this clear. These beliefs are important because we know that racism exists, and we are therefore determined to do everything the Bible asks us to do to overcome it.

The Salvation Army has occasionally published study guides on various complex topics, including race, to help foster positive conversations and reflection among Salvationists. The hope is that by openly discussing these issues, we can encourage a more thoughtful organization that is better positioned to serve those in need. These guides are solely designed for internal use. No one is being told how to think. Period.

The very purpose of conversation is to share differing points of view and to hear from people with different experiences. Discussion is not indoctrination. It’s what reasonable people do. It’s how we learn and we grow. Thankfully, not everyone thinks the same way – it’s what makes us unique in the eyes of our Creator. Yet some have taken the fact that we have invited such conversations about race among our members as an opportunity to push their own agenda. In doing so, they have sought to shut down conversation, not foster it.

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. 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. Ours is a message of love, even for those who disagree or attack us. That is the model set by Christ that we strive to follow every day. God bless you, and happy Thanksgiving. (emphasis ours)

In other words, people are wrong for reading what the Salvation Army put out and coming to the only possible conclusion the Salvation Army doesn’t want.

While the Salvation Army claims this is nothing more than a “call for a conversation,” it is not.

A “conversation” requires two people to talk and listen.

It is clear that the Salvation Army is not interesting in listening to anyone other than those who agree with its racist, anti-Gospel beliefs.

They don’t want a “conversation,” they want us to sit at their feet and be lectured.

We won’t do that.

We’ll end with this admonition from Paul which is justification for us to walk past the bell ringers from the Salvation Army:

3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.

1 Timothy 6:3-5 (NIV)

2 Responses to “Why We Will Be Walking Past The Salvation Army Donation Kettles This Year.”

  1. Percy Veer says:

    I too will not be supporting the organization this year, I had heard of their choice to support this nonsense a while back, but had not looked at their obviously racist brochure called “let’s talk about racism”.
    I cannot imagine why a supposedly Christian organization would be pushing this nonsense and would love to find the reason why. Did some big money donor attach CRT strings to their donation to help further divide our country. I wouldn’t be surprised as that seems right out of their playbook.

    • AAfterwit says:

      Percy Veer,

      Thanks for the comment.

      We have an update on this story that we will be posting on December 1, 2021.

      Basically, the Salvation Army is not only forcing us to walk past their kettles, but we are now running past them.

      There are plenty of good gospel based charities that help those in need to have to deal with the Salvation Army.

      Thanks again.

      A> Afterwit.