Salvation Army would close soup kitchens over gay benefits

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The Salvation Army says it will close soup kitchens for New York's homeless if firms doing business with the city are required to offer health benefits to the domestic partners of their gay and lesbian staffers.

A spokesman for the organization said the Salvation Army would rather walk away from $70 million a year in city contracts and abandon the clients it serves, including foster kids and people with HIV, rather than betray its fundamentalist Christian faith by providing the healthcare benefits.

Earlier this month, New York City council approved a measure mandating that city contractors offer domestic partner benefits for their gay and lesbian workers. Although New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg opposes the law, the council is likely to override his veto.

The Salvation Army serves about five million people annually in New York. The group has multiyear contracts with the city totaling $250 million.

In March, Catholic Charities in Washington, D.C., dropped spousal benefits for all newlyweds and new hires in order to evade compliance with that city’s same-sex marriage law.

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-68 9 Kari 2011-02-17 12:17
I commend Salvation Army for standing up for their beliefs. For some reason, it's become popular in America to be tolerant of each person's belief system, unless you happen to be Christian. Salvation Army does so much good -- you admit that be discussing the importance of the Soup Kitchen -- but instead of appreciating what they've already given and wishing them the best in other endeavors, you are condemning them for their stance on a "what if" scenario. Just because they don't support gay rights doesn't mean they don't support people in general, which is all we should be. We are not "hetero people," "gay people," or any other. We are just people. And Salvation Army holds certain fundamental beliefs. Here in America, you are allowed to do that.
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+27 8 LG 2010-12-11 22:29
This is why you should not give one dime of your hard-earned money to the Sally Ann. Take your donations to a more "charitable" charity (preferably a secular charity) and make a statement that you won't stand for bigotry.
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+8 7 robin lindsay 2010-12-07 08:59
Quoting Kahn:
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The Salvation Army are able keep their soup kitchens open because of massive donations, the 70mio they receive from the city are no where near enough to keep them running.
Some of the biggest donations come from hardcore christian gay haters, and they pretty much forces The Salvation Army to do as they did. Had they supported the health benefits for gays, they would have lost massive donations and would thus have had to close the soup kitchens anyway.

I personally support gay rights, but in thus case I actually believe what they did was the lesser of two evils.


This is a non sequitor. You are presupposing that the Salvation Army was forced into taking any position whatsoever on the latest same sex marriage/ gay rights issue. Yes, they are officially against it, and many other practices by the secular and non secular alike, but that does not mean the SA was forced into an extreme measure such as closing up shop.
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+2 6 Kahn 2010-12-06 08:41
Continued...
The Salvation Army are able keep their soup kitchens open because of massive donations, the 70mio they receive from the city are no where near enough to keep them running.
Some of the biggest donations come from hardcore christian gay haters, and they pretty much forces The Salvation Army to do as they did. Had they supported the health benefits for gays, they would have lost massive donations and would thus have had to close the soup kitchens anyway.

I personally support gay rights, but in thus case I actually believe what they did was the lesser of two evils.
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+2 5 Kahn 2010-12-06 08:39
I'm an atheist and have never supported any religious groups, and frankly I enjoy watching religious groups making an ass out of themselves in cases like these.
However... the Salvation Army didn't threat to close its soup kitchens because they are against gay marriages. Unlike many other religious groups they actually help and support people no matter what religion or sexual preference they might belong to.
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-2 4 Curtis 2010-12-05 22:49
SA owns ACRES of prime real estate in Rancho Palos Verdes, where they provide housing to their execs. If they were truly charitable, they would sell that land and donate the proceeds to charity. Just another corrupt organization that tries to milk the public out of funds while they set their execs up in luxury digs.
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+9 3 CapnMagpie 2010-11-23 15:27
"Whatever you do to the least of my brothers, you have done unto me."--Jesus

The Salvation Army has already chosen to abandon Jesus. Seems they are more army than Salvation.
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-2 2 don s 2010-11-22 20:11
This is actually about a tory from 2004 or 2005 - but they have not changed their stand and I will still not support them.
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-2 1 Callie 2010-11-22 19:57
Very Christ like. I can't imagine that every Christian is like this.
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